Everyone’s hiring! 5 ways job-seekers can win in a changing job market

by Pranav Ramesh
February 19, 2019
Strategies for Job-Seeker Success in a Fluctuating Job Market

The U.S. talent shortage is creating career opportunities for those who approach it right.

Whether you’re actively looking for a new career, or you’re just open to new opportunities, the future looks bright for job hunters! Many industries now have more job openings than skilled candidates needed to fill them. With so many opportunities, both in Information Technology and elsewhere, the odds of you finding your perfect career are better than it’s been in years!

That’s the good news.

The not-so-good news?

Many prospective employees seem to be taking the job market for granted. Employers are seeing increases in prospective candidates ‘ghosting’ their interview, not calling or showing up for their first day of work, and even abandoning their current jobs altogether. What many interviewees don’t realize is that they’re not only hurting their prospects with that specific employer but potentially also within entire regions, sectors, and industries.

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Why is now the time to prepare?

Your digital footprint is massive: The average American now has over five different social media accounts, and by some estimates, will spend approximately 7 hours per day online. That creates a ton of data, much of it personally identifying, and this ‘Big Data’ forms your digital footprint. What do you want it to say?

Your online reputation is permanent: The sea of data that you’re creating (and that’s being created for you) is larger than you can conceive of. While you may not see it by just Googling yourself, it definitely exists. Almost anyone who needs or wants to find it will be able to do so. What do you want them to find?

People, not just machines, are connected: That employer you’re interviewing with doesn’t exist in a bubble. Chances are they attend industry events, awards dinners, and networking meetups with their peers. They likely have friends and former co-workers at different companies within the same industry. The bottom line is… these people talk. What do you want them to tell each other?

Employees frequently leave companies… but they rarely leave industries: The phrase “don’t burn your bridges” is cliché for a reason — it’s great advice. The staffing manager whose offer you’re declining today may very well be y