The myths and latest research on job hunting

Did you wake up to good news in the newspaper this morning? That’s unlikely, since the headlines are very negative these days. I would strongly recommend that you listen to this week’s podcast. It is a recording of the presentation that Andrea Garson, V.P. HR for Workopolis, gave at our recent conference held in Ottawa and Toronto. At the 2008 Canadian Career Summit, Andrea shared some research about myths and realities of employers and the current job market. Did you wake up to good news in the newspaper this morning? That’s unlikely, since the headlines are very negative these days. I would strongly recommend that you listen to this week’s podcast. It is a recording of the presentation that Andrea Garson, V.P. HR for Workopolis, gave at our recent conference held in Ottawa and Toronto. At the 2008 Canadian Career Summit, Andrea shared some research about myths and realities of employers and the current job market.

 

At the summit, Andrea presented a recent study that Workopolis commissioned to help understand the myths that both candidates and employers have around the hiring process. Here are some of the key findings that Andrea shared at our conference:

Being unemployed – 60% of candidates thought being unemployed was an issue, while 56% of employers thought it was not an issue in hiring a person on their team.

Honesty – 71% of candidates thought it was important to share if they had been fired or laid off, while 75% of employers thought it was important to be honest.

The Resume – 84% of candidates ranked it as very important in the job search process versus 68% of employers. And, 56% of employers thought that 2 pages was the right length of resume.

Your appearance – 86% of candidates ranked it as very important compared to 71% of employers. Suits – 64% of candidates thought a suit was optional versus 70% of employers who thought it was not necessary. Wearing a suit at an interview is more likely to be a requirement for a management or executive role.

The interview – 83% of candidates ranked it as the most important factor in getting hired versus 75% of employers. Tests – More and more employers are removing testing as part of their hiring process, to the great relief of candidates.

Selling Yourself – 66% of candidates and 65% of employers think it is key to sell yourself in the interview process. The rest of the interview can be spent asking good questions about the company and the company selling itself to you.

References- 16% of candidates expect an employer to check references, while 52% of employers always check references. Also, 62% of employers check references with candidates over the age of 45.

Negotiation – 40% of candidates thought it was ok to talk about money in the interview compared to 48% of employers. At the more senior level only 29% of employers thought it was ok to discuss this in the first interview. Sixty-one per cent of candidates expect salary negotiation. Forty-five per cent of employers put their best offer on the table right away while 22 per cent of candidates expect the employer to put their best offer on the table right away.

One of the key messages that Andrea shared was that “everything has a cycle.” She said that “companies may take a little more time and be more particular – in this new type of reality you need to be really prepared.” More than ever, it is important to maintain a positive yet realistic perspective on the economy and the opportunities that are available.

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Breaking down the myths, along the road with you! Alan