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Modern Career Advice for 2016 Grads

Modern Career Advice for 2016 Grads

By Tuesday, 07 June 2016 06:17 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Diya Obeid’s consulting company, Axelon, evolved into a staffing company in the early 1980s.

“Back then, the recruiters, executive search firms and staffing agencies called the hiring managers at Fortune 500 companies to discuss job openings,” said Obeid.

Since then, things have changed.

“The internet completely revolutionized the sourcing and recruiting space,” Obeid told Newsmax Finance.

Small and mid-sized employers are driving more than 75% of job growth, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

“These are the companies that desperately need to recruit entry-level talent to keep pace with baby boomer retirement especially in ‘aging’ industries like insurance, finance, health care and manufacturing,” said Bob LaBombard, CEO of GradStaff.

With the emergence of online employment portals, job boards and aggregators, recent college grads have a plethora of positions nationwide to choose from but there’s also more competition.

"Try to get a referral from a person who can make an introduction to either the hiring manager or the job recruiter,” said Don Tebbe, an executive recruiter and leadership succession planning consultant. "Employers and recruiters love referrals especially if the referral is coming from someone they know and trust."

Because of the web, corporate hiring managers can have e-relationships with multiple recruiters. As a result, recruiters have numerous openings on their desks and hiring managers are receiving a mass supply of candidates from those many recruiters.

“It’s a curse in disguise,” said Obeid. “It’s lovely that you have many suppliers of applicants but the flipside is you have to weed through all the resumes and figure out who is best in them for you.”

In January 2004, Obeid launched a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution called JobDiva to help hiring managers who freeze when they have too many candidates and no tools to manage the influx of CVs. 

“It’s challenging for recruiters and hiring managers to cut through the clutter,” Tebbe told Newsmax Finance. “Every search has become a national search by virtue of the internet because everyone has access to Google and the jobs pop up there.”

SaaS companies like JobDiva synchronize their databases with job boards, aggregators and career portals.

“We are an open funnel through which our patented technology produces a short list of candidates whose resumes are most suited for the job based on skills and years of experience, which is the requirement of the majority of job openings” said Obeid.

Although much about the employment process has changed since the 1980s, this year’s high school and college graduates can depend on certain traditions that are timeless.

“Meeting the employment challenge today still involves developing experience and connections,” said Tebbe. “At the end of the day, employers are still looking for workers that have experience and that are easy to work with.”

Juliette Fairley is an author, lecturer and TV host based in New York. To read more of her work, Click Here Now.

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