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These Job Search Trends are Changing Everything


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YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

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It’s helpful to look back at some of the trends that are emerging in the job market. Social media, mobile devices, the use of applicant tracking systems, and a major shift in demographics are all changing the job search environment. Below are some of the biggest trends this year so far.

Portfolio Careers on the Rise

Working as a freelancer or temporary employee is becoming more common. In fact, many believe it will someday become the norm. According to a study cited by an article in Quartz, more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be “so-called contingent workers” by 2020. While this is especially good news for those who prefer more flexible schedules, the news is not so good for those who prefer more job security and benefits.

Social Recruiting

Social recruiting has become an essential resource in the hunt for qualified job candidates. Employers consistently rate referrals as being the most desirable job candidates. According to a survey by Jobvite, many companies use social networks and media to find talent. While LinkedIn continues to be their network of choice, Facebook and Twitter are steadily gaining in popularity. LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook are also valuable for following companies and searching for job listings. Through a little research, job seekers can directly connect with recruiters via social media and begin building a relationship.

Use of Mobile Devices

According to a survey by Glassdoor, 9 in 10 job seekers say they’re apt to use their mobile devices during their job search in the next 12 months, up to seven percentage points from the previous year. This could become the norm as more companies’ websites become mobile-friendly.

Virtual Resumes

Most job candidates are now cyber-vetted before they even reach an interview. It’s important to pay special attention to your overall online footprint. Resumes are becoming part of an accumulation of social media and personal web sites, featuring more links to projects, social media, video bios, professional networks, portfolios, infographics, multimedia presentations, and other biographical information. In other words, you will be Google-searched. These online summaries can provide an employer with a richer, deeper, and more engaging impression of you.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone.  Should you have any questions about resumes, job interviews, job interview questions, how to prepare, or how to answer those difficult questions, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.

You can view the full original article by Nicole Cavazos / ZipRecruiter, at: