What You Need to Know About a Modern Job Search

modern job searchNeed vital information about a modern job search?

Jobvite, a recruiting platform, has released their “2018 Job Seeker Nation Study.” This study contains information about what job seekers want and what they did to secure a new job.

Let’s take a close look at the data, and see what it might mean to your job search.

We’re All Passive Candidates

One of the most startling data points within the study? 82% of job seekers are open to new job opportunities, even though 61% are happy with their current job.

If you are one of the 82% – the classic “passive candidates”– how can you signal you are ready for a change? The fact that you are open to hearing about a new job is not all that important to recruiters. What is important is having the background and experience they are searching for. If you have what recruiters want, they don’t care if you are open, they’ll try to persuade you to consider their job.

The secret to letting recruiters know you are open to new opportunities is to showcase your experience and skills!

You could also do stand-out work and win industry awards or speak at industry conferences.  You could publish content, write guest essays or create instructional videos.

Now, on to other data points contained in the study:

How Job Seekers Got Their Job

  • 25% applied to their current or most recent job via LinkedIn.
  • 38% sent their resume directly to a current employee or recruiter.
  • 32% applied directly through the company career website
  • 35% got their recent job through a referral

In a modern job search, this is who they turned to for help

  • 49% Friends
  • 35% Professional connections
  • 19% Community forums
  • 11% Alumni networks

And by the way, 60% of people referred someone to a job in their company. So it’s worth it to ask for a referral!

You can use this as a framework when structuring your own time and efforts. Invest more time nurturing relationships and identifying people you know inside companies who can refer you for a job!

Company Culture Is Important in a Modern Job Search

46% say Culture is very important in deciding on a job. In fact, 15% turned down an offer because of company culture. Culture is a difficult thing to define and identify. But think about the behaviors that might spell toxic. Ask questions that require someone to cite specific examples.

  • Tell me about your most successful employee.
  • What do your employees do for fun?
  • What was the department’s biggest challenge last year and what did you learn from it?

Expected Benefits

This is a list of benefits job hunters expect from their future employer. Heathcare, 401K, 401K matching and bonuses top the list.

Side Gigs Are a Growing Trend

31% report having a second source of income outside their regular 9-5 jobs. Either as a passion project or something to earn extra money, having another income stream is a smart career strategy.

Why Employees Leave In the First 90 Days

Almost 30% of job seekers have left a job within the first 90 days of starting.

Let’s break this down as to what caused their departure.

  • 43% said the day-to-day role wasn’t what they expected
  • 34% said an incident or bad experience drove them away
  • 32% said it was because of company culture
  • 11% changed their minds on an offer after signing (most because of another job offer).

In order to reduce the chances of this happening to you, thoroughly interview your future boss, meet your future co-workers and even try asking if you can shadow an employee.

Working Off The Clock

49% of respondents check their work email after office hours every day.

Random Data

  • Republicans change jobs less frequently than Democrats or Independents
  • 50% of city-based respondents said it was at least somewhat harder to find a job. 44% of rural respondents felt the same.
  • 50% of married respondents rank company culture an important factor in their decision to apply for a job versus 41% of single respondents.

Shopping for a new job? Use this information to help you do your modern job search better!


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Hannah Morgan hiring prosAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!



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