STOCKHOLM, Sweden, January 28 /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 percent 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 In hopes of getting new talent in the door quicker, 14 percent of employers say they have shortened the time from initial meeting to offer, and 13 percent have removed steps from the application process.

Employers across Sweden will be cautious, but will continue to add jobs in 2009, said Johan Hjelte, Managing Director of 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.

Hjelte offers the following tips to increase the chances of finding that next great job:

Get online now! -- More than one-third (34 percent) 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, 37 percent of employers, who use referrals, say they have been successful at finding candidates. 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-two percent 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.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within Sweden by Harris Interactive on behalf of among 222 hiring managers and Human Resource professionals (employed full-time; not self-employed; with at least significant involvement in hiring decisions); and 589 Swedish employees (employed full-time; not self-employed) ages 18 and over between June 4 and June 17, 2008, respectively (percentages for some questions are based on a subset Swedish Employers or Employees, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 222 and 589 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 6.58 percentage points and +/- 4.04 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

About, formerly, is one of Sweden's largest job sites and a subsidiary of, the leading online job site in the U.S. The company offers Internet solutions within job postings, career advice and employer branding for both employers and job seekers. The site was launched in 2004 and has since then helped thousands of employers to connect with job seekers within all categories of work. has a number of partnerships and powers the career sites for many other large Swedish web sites, both broad and niche sites, in order to reach as many job seekers as possible. For more information about, visit

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