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The changing nature of job searching, CV’s, use of applicant tracking systems, rise of wide-ranging social media platforms, communications based technologies, big data applications and more are all influencing the way employers and hope-to-be-employees discover, engage and connect with each other.

The following 10 points reflect the newest trends for online job searches:

We are seeing an increased use of targeting to build company brand as an employer of choice to ideal candidates. Both online and offline tools are being used to actively engage with potential candidates.

Globally, mobile apps for online job searching are increasing by the month. For quite some time already mobile apps have become a norm for people recruiting, offering jobs and essentially applying for jobs.

It is apparent how younger job seekers are starting to approach career opportunities differently, and it is becoming highly evident that emailing a straight-forward application will not suffice. 

Recruitment consultants are overwhelmed with various technologies and are pressurised by limited time. The average resume review time was 20–30 seconds. Now, six seconds is the reported norm. 

Resumes will become an aggregation of social media. Some project less content but with more links to work, social media, video bios, contact options, infographics, and other online bio bits.

LinkedIn is a complement to the resume, not a mirror. LinkedIn profiles should be more personal and more engaging than JUST a resume. And as LinkedIn has become more diverse, with the capability to link files, videos, portfolios, and other beneficial information, it often provides a portrait that is richer and deeper than
a resume.

Twitter is valuable for following companies and searching for job postings. Unlike LinkedIn and Facebook, recruiters on a low budget can post opportunities for free.

Group interviews are becoming an extremely popular space, and candidates need to prepare for both scenarios: either responding to a team of interviewers, or being one of several candidates being interviewed in the same session.

Companies are using writing exercises. Candidates may be asked to write emails introducing themselves to the company – or be required to discuss what they will accomplish in the first few weeks in the job. Even for internships, writing samples are being required.
Lastly, follow-up/thank-you notes are most commonly sent by email, essentially within 24 hours of an interview. Candidates should reference key points uncovered during the interview and provide evidence about how they would approach these challenges.
I sincerely hope that these identified trends for job searching assist you with your own job searching plan and that you keep these tips in mind as you start to apply for jobs.

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Sub-Saharan Africa aims to increase high-quality productive jobs
Getting to know the Drilling Industry