JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --With the birth of each New Year comes the promise of a fresh start and a new beginning for people in the job market who want to grow their careers, move up the corporate ladder, or simply make the move to a new employer.
"Knowing what to expect in terms of hiring trends will give you a leg up in your job search," said Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, an award-winning executive resume writer and president of Great Resumes Fast, based in suburban Jacksonville. "I have sorted out some of the top hiring trends you can expect to see in 2017 to keep in mind when making your next career move."
High Growth Industries for 2017
Employers recruiting in industries such as technology, software, and hospitality will be working harder to hire the best of the best. In fact, 94% of recruiters state hiring will be more competitive in technology in 2017. Expect to see an increase in employer branding in the most competitive industries including:
Fitting the Culture
Another big trend is that culture fit will be a top factor in hiring decisions in 2017. 60% of Recruiters in a recent JobVite Recruiter Nation survey stated it is of high importance when making a hiring decision. Culture fit was second only to previous job experience, which 67% of recruiters said was of utmost importance when hiring.
"I recommend watching how people communicate with you and mirroring that so you have the best chance of "fitting in" with a potential employer culturally," she said.
Next to internal hires, employee referrals garner the best talent for companies, according to the study.
"I encourage my clients to connect with someone they know inside a company when asking for a referral—or reaching out to someone in a company through connections on social media. Not only can this help you land a job within a desired company, but 64% of recruiters report offering monetary bonuses to incentivize employees to help recruit top talent," she said.
Ask for What You Want
One of the great things about 2017 is that companies will be competing for the most-skilled and qualified employees—and they are willing to pay for it. Due to the high demand for top talent, candidates are feeling more confident in negotiating increased salaries. The JobVite survey revealed 68% of companies reported increasing "the average salary offer for candidates over the last year, particularly industries such as hospitality, telecommunications, and software."
"That means if you get a job offer and you feel you are worth more money, ask for it. You may just get it this year," she said.
Social Media Mix
Recruiters are still using social media to vet prospective employees. The overwhelming majority of recruiters (87%) are turning to LinkedIn as the best way to research prospective employees, so make sure your profile is professional, complete and up-to-date. Facebook came in as the second-most-valuable social network for vetting potential employees, so make sure your page represents who you are as a professional.
"Be sure to portray yourself in the best possible light," she said. "Avoid photos of alcohol consumption as recruiters view them negatively. Marijuana use is also viewed negatively by 72% of recruiters. Keep your social media professional, and remove anything that might work against you in your job search."
For more information about hiring tips, cover letters and executive resumes, go to www.GreatResumesFast.com
About Jessica H. Hernandez
Jessica H. Hernandez is President and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, a top-rated, values-based executive resume writing service for accomplished and emerging executives. A Certified Social Branding Analyst, veteran career expert, and former recruiter for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica and her team create one-of-a-kind, strategically branded resumes and LinkedIn profiles for busy executives.
By staying at the forefront of current trends in personal branding, resume writing, and LinkedIn profile development, Jessica offers a true competitive advantage—more than 99% of her clients land job interviews within 60 days.
Jessica has been cited hundreds of times in major media outlets: The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, CNN.com, Monster.com, Yahoo, Glassdoor.com, and many others. Great Resumes Fast has received nearly a dozen awards for excellence, including five consecutive honors for Best Executive Resume Writing Service
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
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