Top Skills That Will Get You Hired in 2017

LinkedIn Reveals The Top Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2017 …

Find out what skills you need on your resume in 2017 to help land your dream job. From Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, to User Interface Design and Mobile Development, the 2016 annual list has shown that Marketing Skills have taken a dip in favour of Technology-related skills. No surprises there, but if you’re not on top of your game or want to stay ahead of it, now might be the time to think about skilling up.

 

Analysis of the recruiting activity on LinkedIn since January shows several trends about the Australia job market, including high demand for tech skills.

The Global Top Skills of 2016 list reveals several trends about the global job market:

Demand for marketers is slowing: While marketing skills like marketing campaign management, SEO/SEM, and channel marketing were in high demand in 2015, things have changed. This year, SEO/SEM dropped five spots from #4 to #9 and marketing campaign management dropped completely off the list. Demand for marketing skills is slowing because the supply of people with marketing skills has caught up with employers’ demand for people with marketing skills.

Data and cloud reign supreme: Cloud and distributed computing has remained in the #1 spot for the past two years and is the Top Skill on almost every list — including France, Germany, India, Ireland, Singapore, the US, and Spain. Following closely on its heels is statistical analysis and data mining, which came in #2 last year, and #1 in 2014. These skills are in such high demand because they’re at the cutting edge of technology. Employers need employees with cloud and distributed computing, statistical analysis and data mining skills to stay competitive.

Show me, don’t tell me: For the first time ever, data presentation, which is visualising data, makes the list with the #8 spot. With statistical analysis and data mining holding strong again this year at #2, employers need employees who can organise data so it’s easy for people to understand.

User interface design is the new black: User interface design (#5), which is designing the part of products that people interact with, is increasingly in-demand among employers. It ranked #14 in 2014, #10 last year, and #5 this year (second largest jump on this year’s Global Top Skills of 2016 list). Data has become central to many products, which has created a need for people with user interface design skills who can make those products easy for customers to use.

If you have any of these skills, make sure you let employers know. A simple way to do this is by adding the skills to your LinkedIn profile. In addition to showcasing your professional brand, you’ll also show up higher in recruiters’ search results.

Here are the skills that are most sought after amongst Australian employers, according to LinkedIn:

1. Statistical analysis and data mining
2. SEO/SEM marketing
3. Middleware and integration software
4. HR benefits and compensation
5. Network and information security
6. Mobile development
7. User interface design
8. Web architecture and development framework
9. Algorithm design
10. Corporate law and governance

Soft skills are also difficult to find compared to technical, according to a survey of hiring managers by LinkedIn.

The majority (63%) of hiring managers say they find it harder to find professionals with soft skills.

The most important soft skills are teamwork, ownership and problem-solving.

Most hiring managers (65%) believe that not being able to find soft skills limited productivity.

And human resources decision-makers in Australia and New Zealand say it’s difficult to fill leadership positions because of that soft skill shortage.

“They don’t have the skills,” LinkedIn said in its study, Leadership Talent Challenges in Australia and New Zealand.

Critical soft skills missing or under-developed: empathy, problem solving and creativity, and fostering collaboration and innovation.

 

With thanks to LinkedIn and Business Insider.

How To Privately Signal To Recruiters on LinkedIn That You’re Open To New Job Opportunities

LinkedIn Have Just Released A New Feature That Makes It Even Easier For Recruiter’s To Find You.

Say Hello to Open Candidates

Courtesy of LinkedIn:

The secret to career happiness is finding a job you love, however there is no way to tell the world that you’re open to new opportunities without worrying about your employer finding out. But imagine if you could signal to recruiters everywhere that you’d like to hear from them, and by doing so increase your chances of having one of those magic moments when a recruiter reaches out with an amazing opportunity.

Open Candidates is a new feature that makes it easier to connect with your dream job by privately signaling to recruiters that you’re open to new job opportunities. You can specify the types of companies and roles you are most interested in and be easily found by the hundreds of thousands of recruiters who use LinkedIn to find great professional talent.

Open Candidates is accessible from the “Preferences” tab on the LinkedIn Jobs home page.

To enable the feature, simply turn sharing “On” and fill in some brief information about the types of roles you are interested in. Who among us hasn’t, at some point, tried to find work without our boss finding out? Now, you can privately indicate to recruiters on LinkedIn without worrying. LinkedIn will hide the Open Candidates signal from recruiters at your company or affiliated company recruiters.

You can also search through more than six million jobs on LinkedIn, learn about the company’s culture through our newly released Career Pages, and “Meet the Team” to learn more about future  colleagues for open jobs that catch your attention. Most importantly, by using LinkedIn’s many job tools, you can find opportunities at companies where you have a common connection to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward.

Open Candidates is available in the US, UK, Canada and Australia (hurrah!) on the desktop and mobile Web for now and we will be rolling out globally soon.  Once you’ve turned the signal on you can let LinkedIn do the work for you.

Thanks LinkedIn!

LinkedIn’s 25 Hottest Job Skills 2016

LinkedIn’s 25 hottest job skills for 2016 will depress anyone outside of the IT industry.

If you’re on the hunt for a new job, find out what skills and keywords your resume needs.

It’s January, so there’s a good chance you’re on the hunt for a new job.

According to sites like Monster.com and LinkedIn, this is the most popular time of year for job seekers to kick off their search.

To find out what it takes to successfully land a job, LinkedIn analysed all of the hiring and recruiting activity that occurred on its site in 2015, and uncovered the 25 hottest skills in 14 different countries.

“If your skills fit one or more of these skills categories (a grouping of related skills), there’s a chance you either started a new job or attracted the interest of recruiters last year,” explains LinkedIn researcher Sohan Murthy in a recent LinkedIn post.

“We noticed that companies were still recruiting and hiring for these skills well into the final months of 2015, so we expect these skills will remain in-demand in the early part of 2016. This means if you have one or more of these skills, you’re likely to continue getting interest from recruiters in the new year.”

To see the skills most in demand by recruiters in Australia, see the image below. Get your resume updated now, job seekers, and show your expertise in the areas below to make sure your chances for being noticed by recruiters is increased.

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Not everyone of us will be a developer or have anywhere enough of these skills, but if you’d like some help getting your resume and LinkedIn profile in order, contact us at info@cvsaviour.com.au or click here for more details about how we can help. If you need to upskill, you might want to consider re-training in some of those in-demand skills so you can ramp your resume.

This article appeared on Linkedin and Business Insider.

How to get a new job in 2016

How To Get A Job In 2016 | Top 10 Tips For Job Seekers

As job seekers begin to think about new years’ resolutions and whether it’s time for career change or job move, it coincides not just with the holiday period but its the same time that the recruitment space gets busier towards the end of January and CV Saviour enters it busiest time of year. And in a very timely fashion, these top 10 tips to help you get your New Year job search and resume in order has just been published. Read on to find out How To Get A New Job In 2016 – what you should, and shouldn’t be doing to get the job you want.

If you are looking for a new job for the new year, you could be making one crucial mistake that is getting you noticed for all the wrong reasons.

Recruiting agency Hays has released 10 tips for finding a new job in 2016, emphasising the importance of integrating digital and social media into your job search.

But it has also highlighted the importance of targeting realistic jobs, especially in the electronic era.

Hays senior regional director Peter Noblet told news.com.au that employers were becoming more impatient with people applying for jobs they are not qualified for.

“Thanks to technology it’s easier for candidates to apply for lots of jobs very quickly,” Mr Noblet said, but this could actually be harming a candidate’s chances of standing out.

Some people may think that sending out a generic resume widely would help them cover more ground, but Mr Noblet said it was more effective to target your resume and cover letter specifically to the job.

He said employers often used tracking systems to shift through the large number of resumes and applications they received. These would search through candidates based on name, skills and key words so if you were not tailoring your resume to the specific job, you could get overlooked.

“Make sure you highlight key words in job ads and match your skills to that, mention these key words in your CV and cover letter and be explicit about why you think you could do the job,” he said.

Mr Noblet said candidates needed to make themselves stand out and a key part of this was to avoid using generic and cliqued language.

“It needs to be to-the-point and direct,” he said. “You don’t have to go into a huge amount of details, that’s what the interview is for, you just want to get your foot in the door so just include the salient points from your last job.”

While Mr Noblet acknowledged qualifications listed for some jobs could be more of a “wishlist” than non-negotiable criteria, if a candidate did not have all the necessary requirements they should consider whether any of their current skills were transferable.

For example, even if an applicant did not know a specific software language, if they were good at learning on the job quickly and could back this up with specific examples, they may still be considered a suitable candidate.

“Sometimes people forget that there are a lot of people applying for roles.

“You want ones that stand out, who say they can do the role and explain the reasons why.”

According to Hays, your 2016 job search could run much smoother with these tips:

1. DISRUPT YOUR CV

While a traditional CV remains the accepted way to show you have the necessary skills and experience for the role, you could add a link to a website, video or blog post that profiles digital examples of your work, or demonstrates your expertise in a particular area. These links will help you stand out — provided they are relevant to the role you have applied for.

2. ALIGN YOUR ONLINE AND OFFLINE CVS

Hiring managers will research you online, so make sure the CV you submit matches your online profile. Any discrepancies throw up a red flag. At the very least you’ll be asked some hard questions in the interview, and at worst your CV will be removed from consideration.

3. BE OPEN TO FREELANCING

With employers looking for flexible headcounts and jobseekers looking to expand their industry experience and networks, freelancing is an option worth considering.

4. TARGET REALISTIC JOBS

Employers are becoming more impatient with candidates who apply for a role that they are not suitable for. In 2016 it is therefore important to be realistic in the roles you consider, and clearly demonstrate your suitability for a role based upon your experience.

5. PROMOTE YOURSELF

A LinkedIn account will not be enough if you are not active online so like, post, share and comment on relevant content, ask for endorsements, be active in relevant groups and showcase examples of your work and achievements.

6. STUDY RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

Keep up-to-date with industry developments. If you need to undertake training make sure it’s the right training. In every industry there are certain qualifications that employers value above others. So make sure you do your research and work towards the qualifications that employers actually value.

7. BE A CHANGE AGENT

Employers are starting to look for candidates with an appetite for change, so in 2016 make sure you are known for driving innovation, integrating technology and learning best practice from others in order to make informed changes to the way business is done.

8. SIZE DOESN’T MATTER

If you choose not to hide your LinkedIn connections, be aware that employers can make assumptions about you based on the quality of your online connections. For many employers, the value you can bring to their business is an important consideration in their hiring decision. Your connections should show potential employers that you are associated with people relevant to your field, which can be a powerful endorsement of your reach.

9. LEARN TO COPE WITH REJECTION

As well as the required technical skills you need to have the right industry background and cultural fit, which means it could take a few applications before you find the right role for you. Don’t take the rejection personally.

10. STAY ON TOP OF A RECRUITER’S TALENT LIST

Ways to stay at the top of your recruiter’s talent list include keeping them informed by updating them if your circumstances change, following their advice, and keeping your word. If you say you’re only interested in permanent work then decline an interview for a more lucrative contract role. Similarly, trust your recruiter and don’t go over their head to contact an employer direct.

 

If you’d like some help getting your resume and LinkedIn profile in order, contact us at info@cvsaviour.com.au or click here for more details about how we can help.

This article first appeared on news.com.au

How To Get A Job On LinkedIn.

How To Get A Job On LinkedIn – Finding A Job On LinkedIn Just Got A Easier

One of my favourite things on LinkedIn has been the fact that anyone can check out who is already employed by a company they’re interested in. Knowing if they hire people with similar skills, or academic backgrounds and the like – recruitment is a two-way process, and it’s always important to view the cultural fit as well as the role of offer. Who wants a great job, but miserable colleagues or an uncomfortable jarring environment to work in?

LinkedIn’s job hunt overhaul has been rolled out. A survey by the site found that successful job-seekers are 9 times more likely to research the current employees of companies they want to apply to. So now, when you pull up a job post, you’ll get that information right in front of you. As well as any connections you have at the company, and whether it hires people like you. If you can’t see it yet, don’t panic – it’s on its way.

LinkedIn just completely overhauled the way it will display job postings: increasing the amount of information it surfaces front-and-center in an attempt to make your hunt more effective.

You’ll notice the changes and revamped look when you’re scoping out a specific role found through its “Jobs” tab.

There are two questions the professional networking site will allow you to answer quickly and easily any time you’re checking out a new position:

  • Do you have any connections at the company?
  • Does the company have a history of hiring people like you?

To address the first question, the company will now show you all of your LinkedIn connections who work at the company you’d be applying to. It will also suggest people you could reach out to based on your alma mater and job history:

 

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To give you a better idea of what sort of job skills and expertise the company is looking for — and what you should emphasise in your application — LinkedIn will also start surfacing a “Meet the Team” section which shows you people currently in similar roles as the one you’re applying to:

 

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A LinkedIn survey found that successful job-seekers are 9 times more likely to research the current employees of companies they want to apply to.

Technically, you could always find this kind of information on LinkedIn, but the company is now doing all the heavy lifting for you at the get-go.

Finally, people who pay for a “Premium” LinkedIn account will be able to see additional information like details about a company’s growth rate, average tenure, and the top schools and companies it hires from:LinkedIn Resume 3

How cool is that? Job searching and checking out prospective employers just got so much easier!

LinkedIn plans to roll these changes out incrementally, so if you haven’t seen them yet, don’t panic.

If you’d like some help getting your LinkedIn profile in order, contact us at info@cvsaviour.com.au or click here for more details about how we can help.

This article first appeared on Business Insider.

Who Do You Share A Name With On LinkedIn?

HAVE you ever wondered what people who have the same name as you do for work? Probably not. But now you can find out anyway, thanks to a handy new tool from LinkedIn. PLay The LinkedIn Profile Writer Name Game.

The professional network has pulled selected data from English-language profiles to find the most common matches between first names and standardised job titles to create the Name Game.

According to LinkedIn, George is semi-retired, Liam is an apprentice, Rebecca works behind the bar, Amy is a kindergarten teacher, and Hayden is still just an intern.

Created to promote LinkedIn’s Bring In Your Parents Day on November 5, the tool will tell you whether your parents predicted your profession or you bucked the trend.

According to LinkedIn, last year more than 50 businesses opened their doors to more than 20,000 parents around the world to find out more about what their kids do all day.

“The game is intended to be used for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to recommend particular career paths to users,” the website explains, just in case.

Does it work? Well, here is my result below. Is it correct for me? Well, in a way, yes. I’m certainly a teacher when I think about everything I teach and share with everyone who works at and visits CV Saviour, and as the boss, I guess I’m also a Director too. All a bit of fun. So … what do people with your name do?

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