LONDON, January 27 /PRNewswire/ --
- Recruitment expert offers tips for job seekers looking to maximize their visibility in front of employers
Having trouble finding a new job? Your strategy may not be in-line with employers. Twenty-five per cent of employers say that over the past year they have broadened the list of places they look for candidates to reach more job seekers, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder.co.uk. In hopes of getting new talent in the door quicker, nearly one-in-five (19 per cent) of employers say they have shortened the time from initial meeting to offer, and 5 per cent have removed steps from the application process.
Employers across the United Kingdom will be cautious with their hiring plans, but will continue to add jobs in 2009, said Tony Roy, Managing Director of CareerBuilder.co.uk. While hiring has slowed due to economic uncertainty, employers are still looking for qualified candidates. The best advice for anyone looking for a new position is to take advantage of the numerous recruitment tools available to them to increase their visibility in front of employers and ultimately land a new position.
Roy offers the following tips to increase the chances of finding that next great job:
Get online now! -- One-third (34 per cent) of employers say that the use of general online job sites has been a successful place to find qualified candidates for their open positions. Explore generalist sites, niche boards and local job boards, and post your resume on as many as you feel could benefit your search. Also, take advantage of the functions on each site to boost your exposure.
Network. Network. Network -- Whether it is social networking online, attending a professional networking event or even just telling family and friends you are looking for a new job, 35 per cent of employers who use referrals say they have been successful at finding candidates using that strategy. Online social networking sites are a great way to track down potential job openings through friends, but be sure to paint a positive image of yourself.
Keep your ear to the ground at your current employer -- Thirty-six per cent of human resource managers say they have been successful when looking to hire from their internal pool on candidates. If a job opens up in your company and it is a position you want to apply for, don't be afraid to meet with HR and discuss the qualifications for the position and your next steps to apply for it.
Call in the professionals -- The best way to find a recruiter or staffing firm that is right for you is to ask your professional network for referrals. Also, contact your industry's local professional organization to see if it provides a list of firms in your area.
This survey was conducted online within the U.K. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.co.uk among 289 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time; not self-employed; with at least significant involvement in hiring decisions); and 656 U.K. employees (employed full-time; not self-employed) ages 18 and over between June 2 and June 13, 2008, respectively (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of UK Employers or Employees, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 289 and 656 one could say with a 95 per cent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 5.76 percentage points and +/- 3.83 percentage points, respectively.
CareerBuilder UK is one of the most visited online job sites in the United Kingdom. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), CareerBuilder.co.uk powers the career centres for more than 160 individual UK sites that reach national, local, industry and niche audiences. Job seekers visit CareerBuilder.co.uk every month to search for opportunities by industry, location, company and job type, sign up for automatic e-mail job alerts, and get advice on job hunting and career management. For more information about CareerBuilder products and services, visit http://www.careerbuilder.co.uk.
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