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Posted June 19, 2016 by

6 hiring trends job seekers should watch for in 2016

“Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that you are hired in our organization.”

No matter how many times you have read these magical words, they sound just as thrilling as you read them the first time. If you intend to read them again in your mail this year, then luckily the time is right for you to make a job transition.

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2016 brings a wave of new opportunities. As unemployment hits the lowest record since the last five years, there is more scope for job seekers to find better work opportunities; hiring is on the rise. However, this is not the only good news of the New Year. There are also the growing economic conditions that will have a positive impact on the pay scale and perks of employees, making it a perfect time to switch jobs.

On one hand, this is a sigh of relief for job seekers who lived through the ordeal of recession and unemployment in the past couple of years. It also poses many challenges to recruiters who will have to revisit their company policies to compete in the market.

Without further ado, let’s find out what other hiring trends the year holds for the job seekers:

1. Social media will rule the roost

Social media is ubiquitous. As it emerges as a new tool for hiring talent, your social presence will have a say in the success of your job application. Now is the time to update your social profiles as employers will be evaluating you through your presence on major social media platforms.

Having an impressive online profile will not only increase your outreach to potential employers, but it will also get you in front of lucrative job opportunities offered by leading organizations. Therefore, it is high time for you to create strong profiles on leading social media websites, such as LinkedIn and Twitter.

2. Hiring for remote workers will increase

With improvement in collaboration tools, remote employees have evolved as an alternative workforce. No longer do recruiters have to resort to “in-house hiring” process which is both costly and time-consuming for the companies. Since employers can freelance work, the remote work culture will continue to thrive in 2016.

So, if you are a part-time academic writer who offers assignment assistance with quality, you can make it a full-time job this year by finding freelance work opportunities.

3. Flexible work will no longer be a dream

In 2016, the employee’s fantasy of flexible work will become a corporate reality. With changing corporate cultures and attitudes, more businesses are inclining their hiring policies towards flexible work programs. The current year will see a rapid growth in businesses offering flexible hours and alternative work spaces which help them accommodate talent who cannot work under the regular work scenarios.

4. Boomerang hires will be on the rise

According to a survey by Workplace Trends, 76% of the companies are welcoming of the employees who once worked with them. As this hiring trend increases in popularity, more job seekers look for rehiring opportunities for their next job role.

5. Video resumes will become more trendy

With hiring getting more personal, more recruiters will expect to see video resumes of job seekers. In fact, a number of companies have already made video resume a compulsory thing in their job description. So, if you have not yet created a personalized video of your career description, it is about time to shoot a video long enough to demonstrate your professional skills and personal traits.

6. Referral hiring will take the lead

Referral hiring cuts down on the recruitment budget that employers have to bear with traditional hiring. With every passing year, it is emerging as a primary source of hiring workers. If implemented effectively, the referral hiring can significantly save the time and money of a company. As companies come to realize the valuable benefits of this form of hiring, more businesses will be investing in referral programs to hire talent.

2016 is a happening year for job seekers. Get ready for the above-mentioned six trends to make your way to a successful career transition this year.

Kaelynn Bailee, guest writer

Kaelynn Bailee, guest writer

  Kaelynn Bailee is a HR manager working for a new start up that provides both educators and learners a platform to meet and discuss everything education. She also loves blogging and from time to time writes for other blogs.

Posted May 04, 2016 by

Stay-at-home mom to CEO: Transferring skills to the workplace

During one of our one-on-one meetings, Faith Rothberg, CEO of College Recruiter, laughed as I described some of my potty training woes with my toddler.

“Just continue to lower your parenting expectations, and you’ll be fine.”

This sage advice has saved me from numerous mommy meltdowns. Faith Rothberg is not only a wonderful workplace mentor, but she’s also a mentor for young moms as well. Faith was recently featured in an article about returning to the workplace by OptIn as well.

Faith, a mother of three children, two of whom no longer reside at home, is a true parenting expert. She chose to stay home to care for her children after establishing her own career in the field of information technology after earning her MBA at the University of Michigan. Before earning her stay-at-home mom (SAHM) status, she worked for Ford Motor Company as a programmer, a manufacturing information technology consultant for KPMG, and for Wells Fargo as a project manager. Faith’s family photos adorn the walls of her house—even her home office—and she doesn’t hide the fact that her family comes first.

Yet as CEO of College Recruiter, an online recruitment media company named one of the world’s top career sites by Forbes, WEDDLE’s, and Business.com, how does Faith strike a balance between work and family? How did she transition back into the workplace after staying home with her children for 13 years? How did her SAHM experience provide her with transferable skills which now benefit her as CEO?

I recently interviewed my boss, Faith Rothberg, to ask her these very questions and more.


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Faith made the decision to stay home with her children after her second son was born. She admits she didn’t feel she was doing well as a mom or as a professional at this time in her life. The biggest surprise she had at this time was how hard it felt to be home every day and how many decisions she was faced with making all day long while caring for her children. She realized right away that she was building better multitasking skills, decision-making, and problem-solving skills as a parent. These are transferable skills that certainly aid her now in the workplace.

Many stay-at-home moms struggle when deciding whether to re-enter the workplace. “I don’t know if you ever know exactly that it’s the right time. When I made the decision to come back and start in our business . . . it was really good timing for the business, and it was almost good timing for me,” Faith candidly shares.

She admits she was worried she would not be able to be as available for her children. There was certainly an emotional component which was difficult during the transition back to work.

Faith suggests that parents who stay home with their children should remain active in their communities and at their children’s schools. Parents can volunteer in the classroom, on committees, and in non-profit organizations in order to round out their resumes to avoid major gaps with absolutely no experience.

Faith offers three tips for stay-at-home moms considering a return to the workplace.

  1. Evaluate what you want to do.

Often what you were doing before you had children isn’t what you want to do now (when returning to the workplace). You may have had a great paying job before having children, but now you may have different goals or objectives. Take some time and either work with a career coach or take career assessments online to reevaluate your goals. Get a career mentor and seek advice and guidance.

  1. Once you know what you want to do, update your resume.

You’ll have a gap on your resume during the time you stayed home with your children, and you may not have professional work experience to list on your resume during this gap. Use the volunteer experience and community involvement to fill in the gaps on your resume.

  1. Network.

Network with other children’s parents and with the spouses of those other stay-at-home parents. Network back with your former coworkers. Use LinkedIn and other social media sites. Send your resume to your contacts and friends and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

For more tips related to transferable skills, transitioning back into the workforce, and searching for jobs, visit our blog and follow us on social media at LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

 

 

Posted May 22, 2014 by

Young Professionals, Getting Tired of Current Entry Level Jobs? 6 Signs You Should Move On

While young professionals might have entry level jobs, that doesn’t mean at some point they will not get tired of them, depending on the situation.  Learn six signs that it is time to move on to another position in the following post.

You worked so hard to get this gig. But something just doesn’t feel right. Is it time for a new job? Sometimes the clues are blatant, such as having a subordinate promoted above you or having your office — or your parking spot — taken away. Other indications are harder to assess; they may seem accidental, such

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Posted April 14, 2014 by

College Grad, Want an Employer to Hire You for an Entry Level Job? How to Become the Best Candidate

What does it take for a college graduate to get hired for an entry level job?  Find out what employers are looking for, according to the following post.

With nearly half of college-educated workers saying their first job after college was not related to their college major, it can be a little discouraging when it comes to your post-grad job search. However, if you start looking now and learn how to market yourself to employers, you’ll be on your way

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Posted November 14, 2013 by

Is it Time to Transition from Your Entry Level Job? Advice That May Help

At some point, you may decide that it is time to transition from your entry level job into another career.  This sounds easier said than done, but you can do it.  Get some advice that may help you in making a career change in the following post.

There are lots of reasons why you may find yourself in need of reinvention — feeling stuck at your current job, wanting to change careers, realizing the 9-to-5 isn’t for you and you’re ready to strike out on your own. Whatever the reason, reinventing yourself is a long and complicated road, and some words

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Posted August 06, 2013 by

Are You Leaving Your Entry Level Job to Think About Your Next Career Move?

If you have not been happy in your current entry level job and want to make another career move, consider what to do during this time.  The following post offers some suggestions.

Are you thinking about taking some time off to figure out your next career step? Maybe you’re wishing you could take a break from your current job while you explore possibilities for the future. As someone who helps people create more fulfilling careers, I often talk with people who are in the midst of taking time off to figure

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Posted April 25, 2013 by

Five career transition tips for Jay-Z, Jimmy Fallon and you

Pointed arrow with New Career Ahead on road surface

Pointed arrow with New Career Ahead on road surface. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Sending shockwaves across the nation, news of career transitions by two of New York City’s most prominent entertainers recently made headlines. First came news that rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z was adding sports agent to his long list of job titles, representing New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. The move coincided with the introduction of Roc Nation Sports, the newest arm of Jay-Z’s management company, Roc Nation. Next, NBC confirmed that Jimmy Fallon will be taking over the hosting duties of “The Tonight Show” in spring 2014. The news had been widely rumored and included an announcement that the show – which is currently shot in Los Angeles – would be moving to The Big Apple. (more…)

Posted January 30, 2013 by

Job Transition Tips And Advice

CollegeRecruiter.comIf you believe that the time has come to change your job, it is important to go forward with determination and a clear vision. It is natural to start to feeling stuck in a rut when having been employed in the same position for a prolonged amount of time. Although the economy may not appear so buoyant as it once was, there are still ample employment opportunities available for suitable candidates. Before you hand in your resignation notice, it would be in your interest to familiarize yourself with advice in relation to undertaking a job transition. (more…)

Posted December 24, 2012 by

Securing Government Employment – Part 1: How Do I Find Government Jobs?

CollegeRecruiter.comHow can military veterans find jobs in the federal government?  The following post includes information and resources to get you started.

The government is the single largest employer in the United States, with more than 20 million employees. Working in the public sector can be a good choice if you are a transitioning military member, as you have first-hand experience with the culture and how the federal government operates.

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Posted December 17, 2012 by

Bridging the Military to Civilian Hiring Gap

CollegeRecruiter.comThere are ways that both military job seekers and employers can appeal to one another when it comes to hiring.  The following post offers advice for each side to make a favorable impression on the other.

What can job seekers and employers do to bridge the gap between the military and civilian work worlds? A recent survey by Monster Insights called Veterans Talent Index shows that 70% of employers are hiring veterans because they are the best qualified candidates. Over 200,000 service members transition to the civilian workforce each year.

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