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Job Search Trends for 2018

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Nearly three in 10 professionals plan to look for a new position in the next 12 months. Learn more about job search tips from Accountemps.

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Job Search Trends for 2018

  1. 1. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. roberthalf.com/accountemps Job Search Trends for 2018
  2. 2. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. What You Need to Know 2 29% of workers plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,700 workers in the United States Los Angeles, Austin and Dallas topped list of U.S. cities with the most workers who plan to look for new opportunities
  3. 3. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Percentage of Workers In the Following Cities Who Plan to Look for a New Job 3 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,700 workers in the United States City Percentage Los Angeles 40% Austin 38% Dallas 37% Denver 35% Charlotte 33% New York 33% Cleveland 32% Miami 32% Phoenix 32% Houston 30% Raleigh 30% Boston 29% Indianapolis 29% San Francisco 29% City Percentage Washington, D.C. 29% Atlanta 28% Seattle 28% Chicago 27% Des Moines 27% Pittsburgh 26% San Diego 26% Detroit 25% Cincinnati 24% Minneapolis 22% St. Louis 22% Philadelphia 20% Salt Lake City 17%
  4. 4. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Senior managers were asked, “What is the preferable length of a resume for staff-level employees?” Resume Length Has Evolved 4 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 senior managers in the United States One page 46% 2017 2007 1997 Two pages 52% 73% 47% 44% 25% Three pages or more 7% Don’t know 3% 1% 0% 1% 1%
  5. 5. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. They were also asked, “What is the preferable length of a resume for executives?” One page 21% 2017 2007 1997 Two pages 7% 28% 50% 61% 64% Three pages or more 29% Don’t know 31% 7% 0% 1% 1% Resume Length Has Evolved 5 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 senior managers in the United States
  6. 6. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Online Profile Critical, Too 6 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 senior managers in the United States *Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding. When asked what is more important when evaluating a new hire*: 3% LinkedIn profile 56% Resume and LinkedIn profile are equally important 42% Resume
  7. 7. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Check on Application Materials 7 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 HR managers in the United States All human resources managers interviewed said job seekers should follow up after submitting a resume. Here’s when they recommended checking in: 29% Less than one week 36% One to less than two weeks 10% Three weeks or more 25% Two to less than three weeks
  8. 8. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. How job candidates should follow up with a hiring manager after submitting a resume: Check on Application Materials 8 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 HR managers in the United States Email 64% Phone call 21% In person 14% Social media 1%
  9. 9. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Say Thank You 9 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 HR managers in the United States According to HR managers, how helpful it is to receive a thank-you message after an interview: 58% Somewhat helpful 22% Very helpful 12% Not very helpful 8% Not helpful at all But how many job applicants send thank-you notes? Only 24%
  10. 10. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Say Thank You 10 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 HR managers in the United States *Multiple responses allowed. According to HR managers, the following are appropriate methods for applicants to thank an interviewer*: None of these: 2% Email 94% Phone call 56% Social media 7% Text message 5% Handwritten note 86%
  11. 11. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Say Thank You 11 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 HR managers in the United States *Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding. Most common way HR managers have received a thank-you note*: Email 65% Phone call 12% Text message 1% Handwritten note 21%
  12. 12. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Don’t Be Pushy 12 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 HR managers in the United States HR managers were asked, “Have you ever removed a candidate from consideration because you felt he or she was too pushy after the job interview?” 33% Yes
  13. 13. © 2018 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. More tips about conducting a job search can be found on the Robert Half blog.

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