Once upon a time the job search was all about the cover letter, the stellar resume and putting feet to pavement. With information going digital, a lot has changed over the years and will continue to change in 2014 for graduates who want to find a job after college.
Being successful now requires a much different approach - here's what to expect
The Digital Resume
It's no surprise that by 2014 we will continue to see Google replacing the traditional resume. Recruiters often turn to Google and other social networks to screen candidates. In fact many companies are mandating that every new applicant go through a Google screening process. That means the first page of Google results for your first name will be as important in 2014 as the highlights on your resume.
Letters of recommendation are going digital and helping candidates find jobs after college in big ways. Social proof - the testimonials, endorsements and recommendations of your abilities - seriously reduce the perceived risk of hiring you. More services like LinkedIn and FirstJob are putting emphasis on obtaining and displaying these endorsements to help candidates looking for a job after college.
Work Gaps Are Less Critical
As we move into 2014 we see that more and more employers are less concerned large gaps in the resume. Employers realize that millions of valuable, skilled Americans get laid off or spend time self educating even after college. Employers often respect and appreciate candidates who took time and initiative to self-start, do their own thing, or work on personal projects during periods of unemployment.
The Right Skills
Typing isn't a skill that impresses hiring managers anymore. With more technology integration, companies are looking for diverse skills that turn employees into cross-trained multi-tasking giants. Understand how to use CRM systems, analyze data across pivot tables, manage social media, setup digital presentations, identify and setup apps to improve workflow and manage analytics/metrics are just a few skills that apply to a wide range of industries.
The Future of Interviews
An interview used to be a face to face sit-down with the occasional phone interview. Now technology allows for video interviews, where a face to face can take place anytime and anywhere. Likewise, interviews continue to shift in form. Hiring managers, especially with startups, are focusing less on straight skill discussions and looking deeper into the personal side of candidates to understand their personality and character, and how they'll fit into the company culture.
FirstJob helps recent grads navigate the job search by matching them to relevant openings in their field to find that perfect job after college. Stay on task as the job hunt changes in 2014 - read more tips for success at the FirstJob blog.