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05/13/09
Job seeking trends. Resume overload
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Public Relations docs
Posted by: site admin @ 8:24 am

On the other side of the interview table,
the reviewers’ side, there are
some trends
to learn about.  R. Flandez surveyed small

companies and presented hiring projections. 
Less hiring is expected.
  [We also note
correspondingly fewer chemistry related
job
postings in print media.]

Combined with lay-offs and unemployment,
this implies
more fierce competition for fewer
positions.  Companies
are being flooded with
resumes. 
M. Laurano has offered that this is
a blessing and a curse….More highly qualified

candidates are available;  it is hard to do a
serious review,
interview and selection
management without dedicating
much more
effort.


So, several strategies are emerging to deal with
screening, background checks, and screening interviews
to reduce the number of candidates down to more
manageable candidate numbers.

Screening
   More use of computer inputted questionnaires
to sort candidate.  Job seekers should expect
this and understand this is taken seriously. 
    If seekers have limitations, what can you do to
make your case– 
        seek out “employee referral” programs,
        read the job descriptions carefully and
respond to only those where you match the “musts”
   Also, develop your online presence with links to
accessible demonstrations of your skills, like
list of pubs, patents in .pdf format, gmail docs
that are posted on the net, and organized
LinkedIn.com profile.

Background checks
   First off, receive an agreement from people
to be “good” references for you
    Let them know what you are doing and where
you are applying.
    More and more, outside firms are being
contracted which requires you to explore your
own web presence and deal with unusual outcomes
It is prudent to do this earlier than later.  Remember
their role is only to rule out candidates.
   Flandez reports direct contact with candidates
as one current strategy.

Screening Interviews
As mentioned in this blog several times, 
virtual video interviews, like Interviewstream,
is being explored.  This tool requires serious
organization,
coordination and practice. 
 
As we see it, the tighter job market means
following up on
  -your LinkedIn.com profile,

  -more polished appearances in Interviewstream,
  -correct, error-free online presence, 
  -attention to screening questionnaires and
  -good communication with references.
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