How can job seekers best respond to the latest hiring trends?
Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi answers user questions on Quora.com. We’re republishing her answers here on a regular basis. If you have a question, email socialmedia@ monster.com.
Q. How can job seekers respond to the latest hiring trends?
A. Hiring trends differ by industry, company and geographic region, so to keep up with the latest changes, you need to get specific and target companies you want to pursue.
Google them for any company news or press releases, and follow them on social media to learn where they’re focusing their energy (and dollars). For example, if you’re in advertising and you learn that the top agencies are making a big push for short-form web videos, take it upon yourself to get the training and experience they’re looking to hire.
When applying to jobs at these companies, do your homework; tap into their brand voice, their culture, and what they deem important — make sure your resume and cover letter echo the same messages.
One general hiring trend that’s going on at the moment is a labor shortage for a variety of roles in STEM and health care, and companies are offering more perks and sign-on bonuses to close the deal when candidates have more than one job offer. If you happen to be in these fields, you definitely can feel more in control.
Respond to this trend by using your power position to your advantage — remember, you’re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you. Ask to work remotely an additional day or two, ask for a sign-on bonus, ask for more perks.
You won’t get anything unless you ask for it.