Five Requirements For A Successful Job Search In 2022

Five Requirements For A Successful Job Search In 2022

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1. Customized Resume

Job seekers should already know the importance of tailoring their résumé for each position to which they apply rather than submitting a static résumé for all roles.  However, when the Great Resignation turns into the "Great Reapplication," customized resumes will become paramount. Often, résumés are screened by an 

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1. Customized Resume

applicant tracking system (ATS) before they reach a recruiter or hiring manager. They are then ranked based on how closely keywords within each résumé match the job description, with only the top résumés progressing on in the hiring process. If the number of job applicants doubles or triples over the next several months or years and more 

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employers use an ATS to help screen résumés, candidates who customize their résumés will have a clear advantage over those who don’t.

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2. Strong Personal Brand

What has been the most significant change since the start of the pandemic? Most likely, it’s the acceptance of remote work and the amount of business that is now conducted virtually.  Therefore, it stands to reason that job seekers are looking for remote options. Prior to Covid-19, a CareerBuilder survey found that 70% of employers 

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use social media to research candidates before extending a job offer. When the number of candidates applying for open positions starts to increase, so too will the need for employers to research more people in less time, with social media providing a valuable tool in the screening process. While a strong personal brand won’t 

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replace required knowledge, skills or work experience, it can provide employers valuable insight into a candidate’s professionalism, dedication and marketability.

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3. Vaccination Status

Two years ago, it was inconceivable that one’s vaccination status could affect his or her job candidacy. But as we already know, the world has changed a lot since then.  According to a recent survey, 33% of hiring managers automatically disqualify resumes that don’t include a Covid-19 vaccine status, and 69% are more likely to hire 

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someone who has already been vaccinated. Though these numbers may have decreased since a nationwide vaccine mandate for large businesses was blocked in January 2022, job seekers can still expect occasional questions regarding their vaccination status in upcoming job applications and interviews.

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4. Remote Work Experience

At the start of the pandemic, employees who had never worked remotely discovered doing so was a skill in itself.  Some loved it, others hated it, but nearly all required a bit of practice to master it. Fast-forward to 2021 and 3 million professional jobs went permanently remote in Q4 alone, with 18% of all professional jobs being worked 

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 remotely by year’s end.  This number is projected to increase to nearly 25% by the end of 2022.  For companies employing a fully or partially remote workforce, hiring employees with prior work-from-home experience allows them to forego the awkward transitional phase in which employees learn to balance their work and  

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personal time while working in the same place they live. As remote work becomes more common, so too will factoring prior remote work experience into the hiring process.

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5. Communication Skills

In 1994, Jeff Bezos cited communication as his No. 1 requirement for working at the company that would soon become Amazon.  Now, 28 years later, with a good portion of employees working on a distributed team, strong communication skills are even more integral. When teams of office workers meet regularly in a conference room, 

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communication happens naturally, and close proximity can sometimes compensate for any weak spots in communication among team members. However, on a remote team, there is no proximity, and employees in different locations must be strong communicators in order to generate ideas, solve problems 

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and complete projects. For this reason, job seekers should expect communication skills to be prioritized by prospective employers.

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