By Robin Madell
It’s not the same environment for job seekers that it was even a few years ago. Increasingly, those looking for work must be aware of an expanding list of dos and don’ts about everything from what not to tweet during their search to how to use social media and the latest tech tools to reach recruiters and hiring managers more effectively.
With so many more details to understand now when you’re in job-search mode, it’s important to know which tips to prioritize. Here is a list of the latest strategies that job seekers should not ignore if they hope to score a new career opportunity in 2016.
2. If you want flexibility, ask for it. Workplace flexibility is the name of the game in 2016, with the technology industry leading the trend toward offering employees wider options in how they structure their workday and where they get their work done. As much as one-quarter of the workforce already teleworks at varying levels of frequency, according to a report from GlobalWorkPlaceAnalytics.com. In response, major companies worldwide are restructuring office space around the fact that employees are so much more mobile than they were in the past, with multiple studies showing that people are away from their desks more than 50 percent of the time. The tech industry continues to lead the charge in upping the ante when it comes to creating workplaces that are more balanced, flexible and family-friendly. So if you’re among the up to 90 percent of employees who are interested in having some type of flexible work arrangement, even if only part-time, this is a great year to negotiate for it.
3. Continue to craft your social media presence carefully. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn show no signs of fading as vital components of a job search in 2016. While you may have grown comfortable with the use of social media in your everyday life to keep up with events and share news with your personal and professional connections, it’s crucial to remember that recruiters and hiring managers frequently check candidates’ social media profiles to inform their decisions. If your tweets are negative, inane or inappropriate, you may miss out on opportunities to even land an interview, much less compete for the job. If you fail to take control of your digital identity to create a polished and professional image, you may find yourself regretting it this year and beyond.