The landscape for hiring in 2013 continues to evolve. The unemployment rate in December 2012 was 7.8% and is not expected to drop considerably this year. That does not mean that you should give up on your job search – you should refocus it. Here are some ideas about how to job search in 2013.
Embrace New Methods
The process of applying for a job will continue to change in 2013. Job seekers will be able to watch job postings in video format; they will also be able to contact hiring managers directly and get more details about the status of the job. You may also find yourself participating in a job interview over a video instead of walking into an office; according to a survey by Office Team, 63% of human resource managers conduct video interviews.
Coordinate Your Social Medial Tools
Job hunters have access to more tools than ever before. Social media gives you more ways to target the company that you may be interested in and find a way to contact them. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter allow you find these points of contact and get your information in front of the relevant people. You can also get the word out about your job search and get referrals for possible positions from your friends. This could be important as referrals are the source of 28% of new hires, as reported by a CareerXRoads survey.
Focus on Hot industries
To improve your chances of finding a job, you should look for a position in fields that are hiring. Industries like solar energy – which has had a 13.2% increase in employment over the last year – and health care may be good places to look. For example, the number of registered nursing positions is expected to grow 26% by 2020. Technology is another hot industry to consider. You can also use jobs boards to find companies that have posted a lot of jobs to find industries that are hiring.
Make Use of Niche Job Boards and Sites
You should use niche job boards to find positions that you are qualified for. More boards specializing in specific fields are appearing; you can use these sites to further target your networking and get closer to the job that you want. It is also easier for the recruiters to find you at niche sites like AllRetailJobs.com, AbsolutelyHealthCare.com, or SalesHeads.com.
Utilize Increased Turnover
Companies are not promoting from within so more people are switching jobs; employee turnover is at close to 30% in many companies. This gives you an opportunity to get a foot in the door – especially since many employers look to hire new talent from outside the company to fill open positions.
Although the job market has been tough, there are some signs of life for your job search. Incorporating some of the trends of the year into your hunt may increase your changes for getting hired. For more help with your job search, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.