MATAWAN, N.J., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- iCIMS, Inc., a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions for growing businesses, introduces the first in a two-part series of research eBooks designed to provide dynamic data insights on both job seekers and recruiters to assist today's candidates in their job search. The first research eBook in the series, "Start a Successful Job Hunt & Set Yourself Apart: Secret Tips & Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job" is now available for complimentary download on the company's thought leadership site, the Hire Expectations Institute™.
Earlier this year, iCIMS conducted a survey of 700 job seekers and found that more than half were either actively looking for a new job or open to new opportunities. With the percentage of job creation also consistently growing since 2011, those job seekers are in a strong position to find employment, providing they approach the process strategically. By accessing the rich data available within 2,200+ customers' use of the company's flagship Applicant Tracking System, iCIMS Recruit, the Hire Expectations Institute research team was able to analyze more than 1.3 million jobs created in 2013 and survey more than 450 recruiting professionals to provide a better understanding of their hiring practices.
"With the steady growth of job creation in recent years, 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 iCIMS Chief Marketing Officer, Susan Vitale. "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."
According to iCIMS' research eBook findings, 55% of all available jobs are not being actively advertised. This study takes an in-depth look at these "secret" jobs as well as the challenges, needs and mindset of today's recruiting professionals to provide candidates with the information they need to unlock the hidden job market.
Below are a few excerpts from the "Start a Successful Job Hunt & Set Yourself Apart" eBook:
- Time of Year Is Significant for a Successful Job Hunt – In addition to considering targeting industries, you may want to target the best time of year to apply. iCIMS research suggests that spring and summer are ideal seasons for the job hunt, as approximately 60% of all hires for the year are made during spring and summer months.
- How the Company Hears About You Matters – Employee referrals are, by themselves, the most significant source of hire (34%). When you add in referrals from other sources (like customers, business partners, and other job seekers), it's even more clear that others' recommendations matter. This means that, if you want to get a job, you need to prioritize networking.
- Returning to Work After Being Unemployed – 30% of recruiters agree that networking is one of the best ways for someone who has been out of work to find a new position. Additionally, 30% recommend that unemployed job seekers pursue skill development opportunities, such as continuing education.
- What Skills Do You Have That Others Lack? – 36% of recruiters identified soft skills, such as communication and teamwork, as the most difficult to find. This means that, to improve your chances of getting a job, you may want to target opportunities to improve and demonstrate your people skills.
"In addition to this research, iCIMS develops candidate-friendly technology, such as mobile-adaptable online career sites, video screening technology, and progressive social recruiting tools, which allow job seekers to set themselves apart from the pack. Combining these insights with modern recruiting technologies will give both candidates and employers their best chance at finding the perfect match," Vitale concluded.
iCIMS' thought leadership site offers the latest information about industry trends and best practices for employers along with related content specific to job seekers, including the iCIMS research eBook series.
To view the full "Start a Successful Job Hunt & Set Yourself Apart" eBook visit iCIMS Hire Expectations Institute.
About iCIMS, Inc.:
iCIMS, a leading provider of innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions, is an Inc. 500 and Software Satisfaction honoree focused on solving corporate business issues through the implementation of easy-to-use, scalable solutions that are backed by award-winning customer service. iCIMS' Talent Platform, the industry's premier candidate management solution, enables organizations to manage their entire talent acquisition lifecycle from sourcing, to recruiting, to onboarding all within a single web-based application. With more than 2,200 clients worldwide, iCIMS is one of the largest and fastest-growing talent acquisition system providers with offices in North America, UK, and China. To learn more about how iCIMS can help your organization, visit http://www.icims.com or view a free online demo of the iCIMS Talent Platform.
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