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Job Search 2014: What's In, What's Out

Job Search 2014: What's In, What's Out
Keeping up with job search trends will help you get the job you want. / Credit: Man with binoculars image via Shutterstock

Employees planning to look for a new job this year should know that the search process is likely very different from the last time they went after a new position, research shows.

A new study by the staffing firm Accountemps revealed that nearly half of employed workers said it's been at least five years since they last looked for a new job. That includes 30 percent who say they haven't conducted a job search in more than a decade. Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, said professionals who plan to pursue greener pastures should learn how job-search strategies have evolved.

"Change is the only constant today," Messmer said. "Applicants can gain an edge by keeping up with the latest job-hunting trends, tools and tactics." [25 Action Words to Include on Your Resume]

To help those looking for work, Accountemps offers advice on what's in and what's out in the job search process for 2014.

According to Accountemps, here's what's in:

  • An executive summary on your resume that emphasizes your most relevant skills.
  • Highlighting key accomplishments on your resume. Hiring managers want to see results, such as how much time or money you saved a previous employer.
  • A concise cover letter or email introduction that's targeted and relevant, and complements the information in your resume.
  • Compelling social media profiles. How you present yourself on social media, from LinkedIn to Twitter to Google+, can be a major boon or bust for your job-search efforts. Use these sites to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise.
  • Video interviews have become increasingly common, but they can be tricky to master. Learn to present yourself well on camera.
  • Multiple interviews. Get ready to meet with many people in a company before receiving a job offer. Although this can be tiring, keep your energy levels high throughout the process.
  • Emailed thank-you notes. Once considered a shortcut, a timely email is now a must. The two or three days it takes for a letter sent via post to arrive keeps the hiring manager waiting too long.

Job search practices that are out, include:

  • Objective statements on resumes. These self-focused openings may do more to weed you out than to gain an employer's interest.
  • Lists of job duties on resumes. Employers typically know what a job entails. Providing a laundry list of responsibilities without results may land your resume in the "no" pile.
  • Long, cookie-cutter cover letters that only reiterate the information on your resume.
  • Keeping a low profile on social media. A limited presence on professional networking sites won't get you noticed.
  • Traveling for interviews. It's more likely that you'll interview via video, unless you are interviewing for a senior-level position.
  • A single interview. It's less common these days to get a job after only one meeting with a hiring manager. Prepare yourself for many interviews, and target your remarks to each audience. Potential coworkers may have different concerns than managers, for example.
  • Sending only handwritten notes. A note sent via post is still a classy move, but send an email first so you get the advantage of a timely response.

The study was based on surveys of more than 400 employees 18 years of age and older who worked in an office environment in the United States.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.