Working on the West Coast

'Working on the West Coast'

Wednesdays at 2:45pm

with Christian Saint Cyr

Publisher of the BC Labour Market Report

on the 

Lynda Steele Show

CKNW 980

Jan. 15, 2020 SEGMENT:

Job search trends in 2020

BC Labour Market Report


How can professionals stand out from the crowd and score a job this year? According to a new survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, senior managers in Canada are most impressed when candidates provide access to an online portfolio or personal website (43 per cent), highlight accomplishments in an infographic (39 per cent) and add personal details unrelated to the position (e.g., hobbies) on their resume (39 per cent).


The tactics that hurt workers' chances most are including cartoon images like Bitmojis or caricatures (42 per cent) and using colourful fonts or backgrounds (23 per cent) on application materials.


"As in-demand skills and workplace trends continue to evolve, how job seekers can showcase their expertise, and best present themselves to employers, is also shifting," said Koula Vasilopoulos, district president for Accountemps. "While professionalism on a resume remains paramount, many hiring managers are drawn to applications that show candidates' passion for their work and individual interests, and clearly articulate why they're the right fit for the role."


The research also suggests professionals shouldn't overlook writing cover letters: 60% of senior managers said it's very helpful to receive these documents. In addition, nearly two in five respondents (37 per cent) reported that networking on social media with employees at the company of interest can tip the scales in a candidate's favour.


Vasilopoulos added, "Whether or not you're looking for a new job, keep your skills, list of professional achievements and resume materials up to date. You'll appreciate being prepared if the right career opportunity arises."

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