On the hunt for a job?

You might cut through the competition with an online portfolio or website, according to a new survey conducted by staffing firm Accountemps.

About 43 per cent of the employers who participated in the survey cited access to online resources as a big plus when looking for a candidate.

The Canada-based survey included responses from 600 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.


Cover letters are still in style, with 60 per cent of employers calling them “very helpful”.

About 35 per cent of the respondents said networking with potential employees on social media may help a job candidate. 

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“As in-demand skills and workplace trends continue to evolve, how job seekers can showcase their expertise, and best present themselves to employers, is also shifting,” Koula Vasilopoulos, a district president for Accountemps, said in a statement.

“While professionalism on a resume remains paramount, many hiring managers are drawn to applications that show candidates’ passion for their work and individual interests, and clearly articulate why they’re the right fit for the role.”

Showing off your personality is a big win with some employers. COURTESY: Pixabay.

Show off

Infographics highlighting accomplishments scored big points with 39 per cent of employers. The same percentage values the addition of personal details unrelated to the job on a resume, like hobbies.

Tactics to avoid include the use of Bitmojis or caricatures (42 per cent frowned on that) and using colorful fonts or backgrounds on resumes.

Thumbnail photograph courtesy: Unsplash/Sincerely Media. Graphic elements/editing by We Rep STEM.