Employers share tips for job seekers in new CareerBuilder survey.
Tired of searching for a new job? In a new survey by CareerBuilder, employers share tips and insights, telling job seekers how to get hired faster.
For starters, the majority of employers (85%) say they are more lenient when it comes to gaps in employment due to the recent economic downturn. Nearly all employers (94%) say they don’t penalize candidates who took lower level positions during the recession compared to the positions they previously held.
“More than 5 million workers in the U.S. have been unemployed for six months or longer, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources for CareerBuilder.
“While job seekers have voiced concern over how they may be perceived if they’ve been out of work for a while or took a job for which they were overqualified to make ends meet, the study shows employers understand the tough challenges the economy has created for workers. What is most important to employers is that workers show they have stayed active in sharpening their skills.”
When asked about specific things job seekers can do to increase their marketability and shorten the length of their job search, employers responded:
- Accept a temporary/contract position (79%)
- Enroll in a class (61%)
- Volunteer at a nonprofit (60%)
- Launch a business (28%)
- Start a professional blog (11%)