76% of job seekers admit they don’t have the necessary skills for job search
Lee Hecht Harrison, a talent mobility consulting firm, conducted an online survey of 645 U.S. job seekers which asked, “In preparing for your job search, what area is in need of most improvement?”
What exactly do these numbers mean?
What I think this points out is that the majority of people are not proactively managing their longer-term careers. This points out that perhaps they have been caught flat-footed- or at least out of date with many of the techniques necessary in today’s job search.
It has been my observation working with job seekers that the majority are uncomfortable and avoid networking at all costs. Additionally, while some have a LinkedIn account, most just use it to search for jobs. Therefore, my interpretation of these data is that the job seekers surveyed are underestimating the importance of networking and social media as indicated by the low percent who think their skills are ok in this area.
The Move To Social Recruiting
Jobvite, developers of a recruiting platform, reported that 92% of companies use or plan to use social media to recruit in 2013.
What this means for job seekers (active or passive) is that you must have a professional social media presence if you want to be ready for job search. What does this mean?
- Establish an active presence on LinkedIn- Read Is Your LinkedIn Profile Awesome?
- Learn how to improve your profile- Read Make Your LinkedIn Profile Media Rich
- Engage on LinkedIn, don’t just lurk- Read Joining Groups Can Expand Your Network and LinkedIn Features You Don’t Want to Overlook
And DO NOT overlook Twitter, Google+. Facebook, Pinterest and the numerous other social network.
Armed and Ready for Your Job Search
You will want to hit the ground running as you embark on your job search! You really don’t want to waste time trying to figure stuff out, so start today- no matter what your employment status.
Read my post on US News & World Report to learn more about what you can do to ensure a productive, fast job search!
And if you feel like you aren’t making the progress you want in job search, you should probably read it too!