How You'll Search for a Job in 2016



Many people take the New Year as an opportunity to start fresh in a new job. The good news is that there will be plenty of openings to suit a wide range of seekers as CareerBuilder reports that over 100 occupations in the U.S. have more job posting activity than hiring month to month and a recent report from a record 78% of hiring managers anticipate more hiring in the first half of 2016 compared to the second half of 2015.

For those looking to hire, Dice found that companies are taking a greater interest in candidates with less experience. More than a quarter (27%) of hiring managers said they plan to hire entry-level candidates and 62% said they’re looking for those with two to five years' experience.

Finding and applying for those open positions may be taking on a different look in 2016. For example, the Boston Consulting Group and Recruit Works Institute surveyed 13,000 individuals from 13 countries and found that 55% of searches globally happened through Internet job sites. The survey also revealed that 35% used a smartphone to look for jobs. Here are some other ways the job search process is shifting.



In a study of hiring trends in the U.S., iCIMS discovered that approximately 1.1 million (almost 10% of all applications) were submitted with social media profiles. The computer services industry had the highest percentage of applications submitted via social networking tools, the study found.

Tom Gimbel, founder & CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Chicago, says that social media has also become a more popular way to search for a job. "Facebook and Twitter are great, they give insight into the culture and give background knowledge that’s not on the company’s website," he says. Gimbel believes LinkedIn is still the biggest tool job seekers use. "In 2016, I think we will see more and more companies posting their open positions to LinkedIn, so it will be a strong job board."


Jim Hemmer, CEO at employee recognition software company WorkStride, believes that social media and job platforms will become a necessary part of applying for any position. "Employees today are no longer looking at only what the company ‘advertises’ the job or company environment to be," he says, they will conduct their own research, a "reverse reference check," before applying or accepting a position. "Sites such as GlassDoor, LinkedIn, and Facebook are popular ones that can provide a more "authentic" view of true company culture," Hemmer says.


Don’t discount the power of a cup of coffee when you are looking for a new job. "Job seekers should take advantage of every opportunity to get face-to-face with potential employers, whether at a full networking event or simply chatting over a cup of coffee," says Sara McManigal, vice president of talent at Emma, an email marketing firm.

Informal conversations at various local meet-ups inspired McManigal to host their own event called the "Leave Your Suits at Home Job Fair" to recruit for the sales team. "It allowed us to have a series of short, informal discussions with prospective candidates, which can be more revealing than even the best resume," she says.


McManigal believes that candidates should be looking beyond the actual nuts and bolts qualifications required for a role. "Yes, experience is important, but we also want to know who you are and what drives you," she says. "Not every applicant will have all the skills listed in the job posting, but an experienced candidate with the drive to learn and succeed has a real shot," she explains, and when the values of the candidate and company align, it works to everyone’s advantage.

This approach might also help narrow skills gaps in high-demand professions. But Vivek Ravisankar, co-founder and CEO of HackerRank argues that despite the prevailing wisdom, there is no engineering skills gap. "There are millions of skilled computer programmers in the world, but companies aren't looking for them in the right way." Thanks to narrow job descriptions, some people aren’t even aware that they might be a good fit for a position. Ravisankar believes that in the coming year, more candidates will turn to platforms like HackerRank to showcase their skills before ever filling out a job application. "Skill will become more important than where you went to college, where you worked, and your age or gender," he says, "Companies, too, will be forced to adjust their hiring processes to optimize for talent."


Anthony Smith, CEO and founder of Insightly, a customer relationship and project management platform, believes that candidates’ flexibility will be key in the coming year when applying to companies with multiple locations because one may have the right position. Smith also notes, "Don't discount a company based outside your current location as many companies these days offer remote work opportunities."


Video platforms such as CareerSushi and ClincHR are providing a platform for candidates to set up video profiles for themselves for recruiters to get a more realistic picture of their interpersonal skills than a traditional resume can provide.

Chris Brown, vice president of human resources at West Corporation, InterCall’s parent company, believes video interviews are also here to stay as hiring resources are limited.

For recruiters, platforms such as HireVue can accelerate the interview process. For example, Jim Oddo, the senior vice president of HR at Frontier is in charge of hiring over 1,000 new employees and took the "video-first" approach to vetting talent. So far, it’s given Frontier access to talent pools that are marginalized by traditional hiring methods, such as veterans. Frontier increased veteran hiring from 7% to 10.4% using digital interviewing.

"Being comfortable with these tools and presenting a concise picture of your profile is going to be just as important as time spent on resume building," Brown says, adding "Candidates who are able to master the video interview process are going to be ahead of the curve in the hiring process."


Alon Zouaretz, founder and CEO of Talsona, a technology company that helps with team building, says it's less and less effective for candidates to apply for jobs (and companies to post them) as an unfocused mass, on the big sites and job search engines. "We see a big trend in candidates being very focused around specific industries, driven by their specific interests in finding and making their career moves," he explains.

One way he sees them doing this by building relationships with companies and people within companies first, rather than just applying for a specific position on a job board.

In addition to learning about the company and its culture and getting a referral, it will help the resume process. "By the time the referred resume hits an inbox, it’s tailored to something specific between the company and the candidate—seeding the groundwork for positions based on the person’s interests and skills, as well as where the company is at directionally and in the position they are trying to fill," he says.

(via Fast Company)


5 Things That Make Your Profile Look Unprofessional



Being that your professional profile and resume is the first thing that recruiters see, you definitely don't want to give off an impression that you are not an ideal candidate. Don't let the little things ruin your chances of gaining a job. So make sure you have these five things that make your profile look unprofessional in check:

#1: Email Address

If you are still using the same email address you created back in high school, make a new one immediately. Get one for your professional life and work, because nobody will take you seriously if you are (Save it for personal use, instead.) You can easily set up a new email on Google, Yahoo or Hotmail.

#2: Poor Grammar and Spelling

Misspelled words and bad grammar are big giveaways that make you seem unprofessional. Be sure you give your profile a second look and also ask others to proofread it for you.

#3: Phone Number

It is best that you provide a personal contact number, like your cellphone, rather than a home number. You do not want hiring managers to call you at your house number, and have a family member or roommate pick up. Just make it easier for your prospective employer with a mobile number, so they can reach you anywhere and anytime.

#4: Profile Photo

You want to provide a good first impression to the hiring manager even before you meet at the interview. You can do so with a professional, business-appropriate profile photo. Do refer to Tips for a Professional Profile Photo for more in-depth advice.

#5: Unnecessary Personal Information

It's nice to share a bit about your personality and hobbies away from work, but keep it to a reasonable amount. In case you didn't know, oversharing may actually hurt your employment prospects. So no need to share overly personal details and/or photos. Topics that you can possibly discuss about are clubs, associations or organizations you are a part of, or volunteer work that you are engaged with.

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Tips on How to Build Your Online Reputation



The Internet and social networking play a bigger part in our everyday lives than you think. CareerBuilder found that more than half of hiring managers research applicants using search engines, and 52 percent said they used social networking sites.

It goes to show that you need to be careful of what you put out there on the world wide web. However, you can use these online profiles to help you stand out and distinguish yourself from others in the talent pool.

Here are a few ways you can create a better online reputation and impress your employer:

#1. Exhibit skills and experience.

You can provide your work history in a generic format, but that's just boring. Enhance your profile with graphics or other stimulating visuals to highlight your progression and career growth. You can create an infographic or timeline for greater support. On Harri, you can tag your profile with specialty keywords of your skills and experience, including "POS Systems", "Advanced Knowledge of Cash Registers/Money Handling", amongst many more.

#2. Display your craft.

Share files or links to your personal website and portfolio. This helps break up the amount of reading that your employer may have to do, and increases your memorability factor. Examples of popular types of imagery that are uploaded on Harri include coffee/latte art and beautifully presented/plated dishes.

#3. Show your personality through videos.

Show off your character with videos. Film yourself in your working environment, may it be working in the kitchen or behind the counter. If you like to get more personal, you can also share a short clip of you enjoying your favorite activity or hobby. You can easily import videos in the Gallery portion of your Harri profile.

#4. Provide professional references.

Include professional recommendations and references to boost your online reputation. It acts as written proof to employers of your capabilities.

With these few additions, you can raise your online presence to a greater level. Just make sure that you maintain a professional mindset when you manage all your channels, so that it doesn't hurt your chances of getting a job.

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Importance of Having a Harri Profile



As we all know, job hunting and hiring is not what it used to be. Away with the traditional paper resumes, and into the future of online profiles, with the creation and help of the Internet. Nowadays, job recruitment has transitioned into applications and submissions completed on the web, so it is highly important that you have a virtual resume.

Here are a few reasons why having an online profile, like Harri, is important as we move forward with the times:

Paper Resumes Will Be Obsolete

Recruiters have a lot on their plates already, so it is very likely that they may not want to hassle with more papers and material. They may even possibly misplace your resume under all their work. Instead, you should make a note to the hiring manager that you have an online resume. Make sure to provide him/her a link to your profile via email before your actual interview.

Polished and Professional Portfolios

Creating a Harri profile is relatively quick and easy, and results in a polished, professional portfolio. You can showcase not only your work and experiences, but also other things, such as your personality, skills beyond the workplace and what you are passionate about, including hobbies and talents. For example, with the Gallery, you can display photos and videos of your craft, whether you are a pastry chef or barista.

Easily Customizable

Online profiles are highly customizable to suit your choice of field/industry. You can quickly update and make modifications to your resume on Harri. If you have a new job or want to add more pictures, you can, and with just a few clicks of a button.

Greater Exposure and Online Presence

Internet usage and social media consumption continue to grow year after year. When employers are looking to hire, they can easily browse through online profiles and resumes, and reach out to you, as a job seeker, without much effort if they are interested. Additionally, with a Harri profile, you have far greater reach and exposure, thus meaning a greater chance of being hired than someone that does not have online presence.

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