21st-Century Career Trends
Some of the questions answered in this book include:
How are the new demographics of the United States changing the way we work?
How will longevity impact career planning?
Is technology creating more jobs than it destroys?
What are HR professionals doing to address talent management in the 21st century?
What insights can recruiters provide to help employees navigate a dynamic marketplace?
How are employees finding work in a difficult job market?
How can individuals plan for a career that could last 50 years or longer?
5. Recruiters Speak: Skills to Have, Trends to Know About, and Tips for Job-Hunting Success
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If you want to know what today’s employers are looking for, you’d do well to ask a recruiter. Recruiters are the professionals companies rely upon to locate top talent for their most challenging and best-compensated positions. As a result, recruiters have an insider’s perspective on what jobs and skills are most in demand, what job-hunting practices are most effective, and what it takes to capture an employer’s attention.
We interviewed 15 recruiters specializing in sectors ranging from technology to finance to healthcare, asking them what job seekers need to know to succeed on today’s job market. Here’s their advice.
Recruiting Today: Technology Brings Convenience and Competition
Technology, recruiters agree, has permanently changed the employment landscape for both recruiting firms and job seekers—so it’s critical that job hunters know how to maximize its potential. The Internet has made it possible for recruiters to reach more candidates more quickly than ever before, and for job hunters to research companies and find open positions. Social media, in particular, has become an integral part of the recruiting and job seeking process.
“Before the Internet, the only way to find candidates was to cold call,” says Andrew Greenberg, founder and managing partner of The Recruiting Division, a firm offering on-demand talent recruitment. “When the Internet became mainstream, ← 103 | 104 → recruiters used job boards. Now, we’re in the social media era.” Around 85% of all positions, some recruiters say, are filled through networking and LinkedIn.
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