By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie
National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling CoachesSM
Whether you are job searching or employed yet thinking about making a job change, it is important to follow employer trends that can increase your chances of finding the right job for you. In 2014, hiring managers will place increased emphasis on:
1. Your online presence. Jobvite.com reports that 94% of employers are using social networks for recruiting. Each year the number of employers and recruiters researching candidates online increases. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are critical tools for developing your online presence. What does your online presence say about you? Would you hire you based on what you find online about yourself?
2. Hiring people on a freelance basis. It is estimated that currently one third of American workers perform some type of freelance work. In the next 10 years it is predicted that 40% of us will be freelancing either full-time or part-time. Employers will allow more and more people to work from home as they see that home-based employees can as productive (or even more productive) than those in a traditional work setting.
3. Hiring candidates who are tech savvy. In addition to using social media when searching for candidates, more employers are conducting one-way or two-way video interviews online.
One-way webcam interviews involve the candidate answering questions that are not presented by a live person. The questions typically come up on the screen one at a time and allow recording up to a three minute answer. (Typically, it is best to not take more than a minute or two for your answer.)
Two-way interviews are conducted using Skype or other online services. While this type of interview is more efficient for the hiring organization, it does have its limitations such as making eye conduct difficult.
Employers are seeking candidates who can present themselves regardless of the type of technology being used, so it is important for you to practice using online services such as Skype and being comfortable in front of your webcam. One, source for practicing your online interviewing skills is found at http://www.interview4.com/job-candidates/.
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