The recession changed a lot of things. It changed the way people spend money, the way they save for retirement, the way they invest in stocks. It’s also changed the way companies recruit employees. Gone are the days when companies courted prospective employees, hiring managers offered generous starting bonuses and job seekers could choose from multiple offers.
Since the recession ended in June 2009, companies have been slowly emerging from survival mode and have begun more active hiring. Yet the job market has been forever changed, and job seekers have had to face a new reality when going about their job hunt.
So how does a job seeker emerge successful in this post-recession job market? Here are six ways the job search has changed and the adapted tactics needed to get hired.
1. Passive job searching is no longer an option
2. Fewer jobs mean more competition
3. Mistakes, even minor, are not tolerated
4. Social media is the new recruiting tool
5. Customization is critical
6. Networking is more important than ever