Guest Expert, George Blomgren,
MRA, The Management Association
What are employers looking for in candidates these days? That depends a lot on the company and the jobs for which they are hiring. Here are two common trends:
The first won’t come as a surprise. Companies are hiring because they are swamped. They are so desperately in need of additional staff they have limited resources to train new staff. With this in mind, employers look for candidates who can hit the ground running — or as close to that as possible. This means they aren’t willing to deviate much from the requirements defined in the job description or posting. It also means they are looking for evidence that candidates can adapt to change and to new challenges. (Today 20 years in the same job at the same employer is no longer viewed as a good thing!)
The second trend may come as a surprise. Employers aren’t looking to hire superstars – that is, candidates who distinguished themselves as star performers in previous positions. They assume those candidates have peaked and now it’s all downhill. Rather, they are looking to hire candidates who have yet to peak. The candidate who is really ready to take that next step in their career and take things to the next level. For candidates with diverse backgrounds, who may have felt defensive explaining how their background fits together, this can be especially beneficial. If you can create a compelling case to an employer on why your diverse work experience makes you uniquely qualified for the position, you may get the job!
As a recruiter, I look for evidence of these things in your resume and your cover letter, and of course during interviews. But first and foremost, I look for it on your LinkedIn profile.
George Blomgren is the Director of Recruiting Solutions for MRA – The Management Association. George has 20+ years of talent acquisition (aka recruiting), and operations experience. Prior to joining MRA, George ran the advertising and marketing department for a fast-growing network of local employment websites.