3 Hiring and Recruitment Changes You Need to Know About

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Thanks to technology, the economy, and rising costs, hiring and recruitment are changing. The old realities of looking for a job are fading away. You need to adapt to the changing job market, or you could find yourself passed over for positions that you want. Here are 3 hiring and recruitment changes that you need to know about in order to increase your chances of being hired:

1. Social Media has Greater Importance

Technology and the prevalence of social media has made it possible for potential employers to find you online. Recruiters are on web sites like LinkedIn and may actually approach you, if you have an attractive profile. When you turn in your resume, some hiring managers will Google you, or look for your tweets and Facebook posts. What you do online can impact whether or not you end up with a job. Your penchant for sharing inappropriate photos can result in a company deciding that you are too much of a risk to hire. Pay attention to what you share online. We’d like to think that our personal lives are private, but if you put it online, employers could see it.

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What you say and do online can help, or hurt, your application process.

Related: Learn how to use LinkedIn to build a professional network.

2. More Employers are Turning to Freelancers

Are you willing to be a contract worker? The recession, and the increasing costs of providing employee benefits (like health care) are encouraging employers to look for ways to gain workers at a lower cost. One of the ways to do this is to hire freelancers and other contract workers. It’s possible for employers to find competent people to do the job, but without a lot of the costs that come with hiring full-time workers and covering benefits.

If you want to compete in today’s job market, you need to be ready to do freelance work if it called for. Becoming self-employed might be an elegant solution if you are looking for a way to earn money. You can contract out to businesses as a freelancer, or work as a consultant. With today’s technology, you might not even have to leave your house to be a freelancer. However, you need to be prepared for the tax implications and other issues that come with providing contract services. But the flexibility to work as a freelancer can be very valuable in today’s job market.

3. Niche Expertise is Valued More

The idea that a jack of all trades is more valuable than a master of one or two is fading. You are more likely to find success if you are highly skilled in a desirable area. It’s about being an expert in one or two areas, and proving your worth in those areas. If you can show that you are beyond competent in an area, or develop a specific skill that is in demand, you will have more success. Consider how you can get extra training in a particular skill, or how you can earn a certification that others value. Developing a skill that others will pay for is an increasingly important of being hired; few employers are looking for generalists right now.

Once you recognize these realities of the job market, and adjust to take advantage of them, you will more likely be hired.

About the author: Tom Drake is a financial analyst, father of two awesome boys and founder of Canadian Finance Blog, one of the top personal finance blogs in Canada.

Published or updated December 13, 2013.
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1 Donny Gamble

Another going trend in the job industry is having a video interview. As social media continues to evolve, the interview process will become a lot more personable especially for position where you might have to relocate for.


2 Bryce @ Save and Conquer

You are correct that many more companies are hiring consultants, rather than giving salaries with benefits. I also agree that “Niche Expertise is Valued More,” as long as you don’t become too specialized. If you are too specialized, you may not be able to find anyone looking for someone with your talents.


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