Blink and you will miss it. The world is moving at a rapid pace; changes are happening faster than we can keep up with. I still remember dial up internet and feeling pretty pleased about it, happily listening to the dial up tone as it slowly connected me to the World Wide Web. Now if my laptop takes a second longer to download one page I am wondering if I should upgrade both computer and service provider at once.
There will always be an “upgrade” option because things keep moving forward. We find better ways of doing things, of moving, of growing. Yes, sure, at times our “upgrades” can make life harder too (such as not being able to switch off from our phones), but it also can make things much easier.
On top of this, new trends keep emerging and keeping up with them can seem almost impossible. Fashion trends, social media trends (who remembers planking?), words such as YOLO/FOMO/FAM, dating trends and even job searching trends are coming and going. It is just hard to know which trend is coming and which one is now going (insert confused emoji here).
We at My Career Angels, may not be on top of all trends at all times, however, we have made it our business to be on top of the job searching trend. So here are three key things you need to do to always stay in the loop when it comes to job searching.
How we create resumes and even interview is very different to how it was three years ago. So what is trending now?
Resumes – the information we include has changes a lot. Private and personal information was always frowned upon, however, now even less is expected to be included. You do not have to include your entire residential address just your suburb is enough, instead opt for including your LinkedIn url to expand your resume information.
How we present the resume is also different. There is a unique layout where hiring managers expect information to be presented, as well as what kind of information they are looking for (think selection criteria and career profiles instead of career summary).
Video resumes are now also a thing. Whilst it has not replaced soft copies of a resume uploaded to a link, video resumes may become more and more accepted and even requested. Watch this space.
Pre- selection questions. When you apply via a job searching engine there is now a number of pre-screening questions you must complete. Your results from this pre-screening will determine if your resume is looked it at all. It makes the filtering system a lot faster for hiring managers and gives them a better understanding of your skills, expectations and capacity to work.
ATS (Application Tracking Software) – an even more effective way of filtering resumes, this software is used by larger organisations where a software scans your resume for key words. This is where your resume layout, formatting and content becomes wildly important.
Job Interviews – thanks to Covid, interviews are now more often being conducted remotely via Zoom, Teams or other forms of video communication. Where once this was not at all a consideration, unless you were living overseas or interstate, it is now a common practice and most likely here to stay.
Video interviews – like the video resume, pre recorded questions can be sent to you where you have one minute to record your answer. Yes, this is a thing and may even become the new way of interviewing in the future. It after-all is very time effective for everyone…but not very personal or easy for the candidate to tell a whole story in under one minute, so we hope it does not catch on too quickly.
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