Knowing what is happening in the world of recruiting can give you an edge in your job search. A new LinkedIn survey of recruiters offers important insights that may impact how you look for a job.
We’ll examine 2010 trends over the next few days. Today, we focus on where recruiters are NOT spending money and why it matters to you.
Where recruiters are cutting spending:
- Job boards
- Staffing firms
What recruiters say is least effective for finding qualified candidates:
- Newspaper ads
- Trade journals
What it means to job seekers:
- Old-style job searching on job boards and want ads is ineffective
- Avenues such as networking and social media are more effective
- Connections to in-house recruiters are growing in value
- It’s increasingly important to show your value directly to companies and not rely on a staffing firm to promote you
- With budgets tight, the job seeker will have to be more proactive about attracting the attention of recruiters such as through a key-word rich and customized resume or through a cover letter that effectively brings out the match with the job.
Action items for job seekers:
- Set new goals for your job search based on spending less time looking for advertised openings and more time networking
- Focus some networking specifically on forming connections with in-house recruiters
- Be sure your marketing materials (resume, cover letter) bring out your value quickly, to appeal to busy recruiters