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Want to land your dream job? Top recruiting trends here…

Tue 16 Jul 2013
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"The recruiting world is changing fast" according to LinkedIn, who have shared the top five global recruiting trends to help professionals land their dream job.

Forever gazing out of the office window thinking of some place else? Or endlessly trawling through job adverts in the hope of finding your special vocation in life?

Well, the professional networking site says it has uncovered key trends that are changing how employers find, engage and hire you.

"Recruiters are becoming more social, mobile, and data-driven," writes Brianne Shally, LinkedIn Blog.

"What does LinkedIn know about recruiting? Well, 88% of the Fortune 100 and corporations from every industry around the globe use us for recruiting.

"If you follow these trends, you’ll spot career-advancing opportunities that you wouldn’t have otherwise."

Check out the top five trends, according to LinkedIn, below:

1. Recruiters are relying more and more on social professional networks to find you

Most of you are happy in your current jobs, but if your dream opportunity fell into your lap today, you’d consider it, right? Well, there’s a recruiter out there who is sitting on your dream job, and they are looking for you.

What you should do:

* Go where recruiters are, and put your best foot forward. Since they’re using platforms such as LinkedIn more, make it easier for them to find you.

* Build your profile, keep it updated, and grow your network.

* Keep your activity fresh and compelling.

2. Recruiters are increasingly using data to make better hiring decisions

Recruiters use data analytics to find the right person for a job with the perfect set of skills, expertise, talents and passion.

What you should do:

* Add specificity to your profile. More input = better matching.

* Use keywords from the profiles, job descriptions and Company Pages that appeal to you.

*Think about what sets you apart from other candidates who have the same skills and expertise.

* Consider adding rich media such as articles, videos, and slideshows.

3. Employers are investing more in managing their reputations

Employers know you care if they are considered great places to work. And they know you can easily find out. So, they are helping shape those conversations by being more proactive and transparent.

What you should do:

* Peek into a company’s culture much earlier in the hiring process.

* Visit Company and Career Pages on LinkedIn to figure out if it’s a good fit.

* Join their conversations and engage – you’ll both save time and make better decisions.

4. Companies want your next career move to be in-house, not to the competition

Most companies recognise the importance of promoting talent from within, and they are putting their money where their mouth is.

What you should do:

* Look at your own company’s page on LinkedIn to see the latest job openings.

* Take advantage of the fact that you already know how the company works and already have an internal network.

* Look at the skills in the jobs that interest you, and find ways to develop them in your current job.

5. Companies are trying to figure out ‘mobile recruiting’ so they can connect with candidates like you who are on the go

Are you reading this on your phone? Mobile recruiting is in its infancy, but it has huge potential to make the hiring process more immediate and more convenient. One thing is clear – candidates want it and will use it.

Could these trends help you find employment? Tell us your thoughts below

Brianne Shally, LinkedIn Blog

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