As top Phoenix recruiters, we’ve witnessed the job search scene changing dramatically in the past decade. From applicant tracking systems to job listings on social media and LinkedIn profiles, it can be hard to know where to begin if you haven’t been a candidate in a long time.

What are some of the major areas that have changed – so you can prepare yourself for what lies ahead? Here’s a look at a few:

New rules for resumes.

Don’t pull out your resume from 10 years ago, simply update job titles and call it a day. You’re going to need to spend more time editing and polishing it so that it follows today’s resume best practices.

This includes getting rid of the “objective” statement at the top and replacing it with a bullet list of your “summary of qualifications.” It also means you need to focus more on accomplishments and results and less on day-to-day tasks. Finally, on a positive note, the one-page resume rule no longer applies. It’s now acceptable to submit a resume that’s two pages long.

Paper resumes are all but dead.

In its place are typically two options: emailing an electronic resume and cover letter, or online applications. The good news is that you can say good-bye to the expensive resume paper, customized mailing labels and postage. The bad news is that now, thanks to technology and applicant tracking systems, it can take a while before an actual human lays eyes on your resume.

Interviewing frequency has increased.

In the past, you got called in for an interview and got the job – or not. Today, you can get called for two, three or even more interviews before an employer makes a hiring decision. The first interview might just involve an HR representative; the second interview could be with a full panel; and the third interview might involve one-on-one time with the hiring manager. So be prepared for a more in-depth hiring process and one that takes longer, as a result.

You have to share a lot of information, earlier.

In the past, you had to provide detailed information once you actually interviewed with an employer and they were considering hiring you. Today, many employers want to know a lot of details about you – from your salary history to professional references – even if you’re simply applying to a job.

There’s a communication black hole.

Thanks to the Internet, employers are receiving more resumes and applications than ever before. As a result, don’t always expect a response from an employer unless they’re interested in interviewing you. Likewise, some employers won’t necessarily follow up with you after an interview to tell you that you didn’t get the job.

It’s a whole new world when it comes to searching for a job.

If you’d like professional guidance and support during the process, give PrideStaff a call. As top Phoenix recruiters, we can help you polish your resume, sharpen your interview skills, and find out about your next great job opportunity. Contact PrideStaff today to learn more about how we can help you.



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