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The Best Companies Are Radically Changing
How They Hire People in 2018.
Research shows that most businesses plan to expand their workforce this year, making it tougher than ever to hire the talent necessary to grow
by Joe Galvin at
Why Hiring Older Workers Can Be Good for Business

by Julie Bawden Davis at

LinkedIn Creates 10 Jobs for Career Break Returnees

Ciara O'Brien at

By the Numbers

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

When Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Taobao posted a job vacancy for a senior employee this month, 1,000 applications flooded in within 24 hours Business Insider reported.
Global business consultant Keith Martino has seen something similar occur in the U.S.

    "Recently, one of my clients posted on his LinkedIn page an announcement regarding a part-time CFO position for a seasoned professional," says Martino. "Within minutes, he received an avalanche of strong resumes. Twenty-four hours later he had 300, and they were still flooding in."

Expect hiring to be a hot issue in 2018. Our research shows that the vast majority of CEOs from small and midsize businesses (SMBs) say they plan to increase their headcounts this year.

    In Vistage's December 2017 survey of 1,377 SMB CEOs, 71 percent of firms said they planned to hire more employees in the next 12 months, up from 60 percent one year ago. In addition, the Vistage CEO Confidence Index—a measurement of CEO sentiments about economic prospects—reached a 13-year high in the survey.

LinkedIn plans to create 10 jobs at its Dublin headquarters as it launches a new pilot programme aimed at helping carers return to the workforce.

    Returnin is targeted at those who want to get back to work after a career break to care for children or another family member.

    The jobs in the networking platform will be in a range of areas, from sales and customer operations to talent acquisition.

Sometimes the things you do in your job search just don’t add up. And sometimes they do. Regardless, today we’re going to look at job seeking by numbers.

    Let’s start with a BIG number — big, like the 600-pound gorilla in the room. That would be LinkedIn. It’s no big secret that LinkedIn has all but revolutionized the job search process. How so? Let’s look at some numbers: 87 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates for jobs; and, 94 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to screen candidates for existing job postings.

    After thinking big, now it’s time to think small – as in small businesses. Many job seekers seem to gravitate automatically to looking at large companies as potential employers. Not so. Various reports indicate that 97.5 percent of all workers are employed by small companies (those with 500 or less employees.) In addition, small businesses account for nearly 70 percent of all new jobs.

    The message? Don’t discount the small company. That’s where a lot of opportunity is. Small businesses tend (this is a very large generalization) to be more open to hiring older workers than the large corporations. Small businesses may be more difficult to find, but they can be well worth the search.

    Speaking of time, we had a recruiter recently opine about the 10-second resume. He claims that most recruiters won’t devote more than 10-seconds to your resume before making a decision to pass on it, or to keep it for further review or reference.

    Whether you’re looking for companies large or small, one recruiter advises to construct a “target list” of companies to pursue. She noted that this list should contain roughly 20-30 companies which you will research and try to determine a contact (or second or third generation contacts) within the organization.

    Overall, numbers can make a difference in your job search. One expert recommends setting specific goals for yourself during your job search. Things like targeting some number of networking events to attend each week or month; scheduling a certain number of informational interviews; meet some number of new people every week; etc. Setting specific goals will help keep you focused on the task at hand.

    Last but not least, when you do get that interview, be sure to follow up with the person with whom you met. Why? Because standing out in the crowd will make you more memorable when candidate selections are made. And, various sources report that only five percent of all interviewees follow up with a thank you. A small number but an important one.

1 Simple Strategy That Will Skyrocket
Your Engagement on LinkedIn
It's a simple (albeit a bit counterintuitive) step that makes
your LinkedIn messages to prospective clients far more effective and engaging

by John Nemo at

When it comes to using LinkedIn to generate leads, it's not about being cute or clever.

    Instead, it's all about clarity and speed, ensuring someone can quickly discern what it is you do and the service(s) you offer.

    (In fact, I have an entire copy-and-paste LinkedIn profile template you can download right now to build out your headline and the rest of your profile.)

    The Secret to Engagement on LinkedIn.   Thanks to its revamped, real-time, 1-on-1 messaging platform, LinkedIn has become one of the best places on the planet to find and engage your ideal prospects in an effective fashion.

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