If you're unemployed and looking for work, it helps to fill potential resume gaps with time spent on education and training to improve your skills. And employers are looking for candidates with good communications and teamwork skills, says iCIMS, a Matawan-based provider of hiring software.
That is among the findings from iCIMS, a company that produces hiring software used by employers for job-placement recruiters and job seekers to match candidates to the right job.
This week, iCIMS introduced the first in a series of free online books offering hiring insights. “Start a Successful Job Hunt & Set Yourself Apart: Secret Tips & Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job” is available on the company’s Hire Expectations Institute site.
The economy has been creating new jobs and “candidates are now in an ideal position to find and obtain their dream job if they go about their search in the right way,” said Susan Vitale, iCIMS chief marketing officer. “The purpose of our research is to give candidates an insider’s view of the world of talent acquisition so they may tailor their approach to catch the attention of recruiters in a sea of potential candidates.”
Vitale said among the most interesting findings of iCIMS’ research is that 55 percent of available jobs are not actively advertised. The e-book looks at these under-the-radar jobs to help candidates unlock the “hidden” job market.
The company provides a software tool called Connect to help candidates “get in touch with recruiters who might know about jobs that are not actively being posted.” Connect enables the candidate to “submit a few key data points about yourself and what you might be interested in, then stay in touch with recruiters who are actively mining that data base” for new jobs to fill.
The company also said it tapped data from the 2,200 clients for insight into hiring practices.
Among the other findings: Mobile devices are playing a larger role in the job search.
“Our customers are seeing about a quarter of their applications come through a mobile device; candidates are going through the entire application process on their mobile devices,” Vitale said.
She said recruiters are concluding that “I need to deliver a really positive recruitment experience for the job seekers who are on mobile or else I could lose a whole lot of candidates simply because my technology does not support it.”
Recruiters and employers “are spending a ton of money to attract candidates to come to their websites, and if they can’t actually handle them because they’re on an iPhone, they are missing out on a whole lot of talent.”
Among the other iCIMS findings: about 60 percent of all hires for the year are made during spring and summer months, and employee referrals account for 34 percent of hires, thus confirming the key role of networking in a job search.
For the job seeker who is currently unemployed, about 30 percent of recruiters said it’s a good idea to pursue skill development opportunities, such as continuing education. Said Vitale, “What they are saying is: ‘be productive with your time if you are not employed.’”
And 36 percent of recruiters identified soft skills, such as communications and teamwork, as the most difficult to find. Vitale said it’s difficult for recruiters to assess the candidate’s communications skills from a resume. She said iCIMS technology enables candidates to create a video “that can show recruiters pretty early on in the process what a candidate’s communication skills are like: do they show the passion or the enthusiasm required for a given job?”
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