Jobseekers in 2017 aiming to give their career a fresh beginning should start by polishing up their resume and job interview skills according to research from Robert Half. Despite the importance of social media and the digital world in general, a survey commissioned by Robert Half found only one per cent of hiring managers saying social media profiles are the most important factor when hiring staff-level candidates. Fundamental elements of the job search, such as CVs and interviews, still determine if a candidate gets the job.
Two in five (40 per cent) HR mangers identify the candidate's CV as the most important factor when recruiting for management-level roles, a figure that drops to 37 per cent for staff-level positions. A candidate's performance during the interview is seen as almost just as important, as more than one in three (37 per cent) HR managers say it has the most impact for management-level roles, followed by one in four (25 per cent) for staff-level positions.
"2017 is shaping up to be a competitive employment market. Candidates applying for jobs are likely to face tough competition, and knowing what influences the hiring decision can mean the difference between being offered the role and being passed over,” said Andrew Morris, director at Robert Half Australia. "The traditional elements in the hiring process, being the CV and the interview, are still considered to be the most important. It's therefore crucial that jobseekers stand out from the crowd by not only having a stellar CV, in print and online, but also excelling during their interview."
Social media profiles might not be considered to be the most important element in the hiring process, but recruiters and hiring managers generally check online profiles before extending an offer, so jobseekers should not underestimate the importance of having a professional online profile. “In the digital age, it is imperative that jobseekers maintain their professional persona through their social media accounts – whether it's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter,” says Morris. “While it's good to showcase some personality, jobseekers should always maintain good conduct on social media, even when profiling and discussing their private lives."
However he notes businesses need to take on an encompassing approach during the hiring process, which not only includes checking resumes and doing job interviews. Other elements such as checking references and social media profiles can reveal significant information about the candidate which can in turn influence the hiring decision.