Global staffing firm recently surveyed senior managers in Canada on job search trends for 2020. How can professionals stand out from the crowd and score a job this year? Here are the top findings:

Senior managers in Canada are most impressed when candidates:

  • Provide access to an online portfolio or personal website (43%)
  • Highlight accomplishments in an infographic (39%)
  • Ad personal details unrelated to the position (e.g., hobbies) on their resume (39%)

Tactics most likely to hurt a worker’s chances:

  • Including cartoon images like Bitmojis or caricatures (42%)
  • Using colourful fonts or backgrounds (23%) on application materials

“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,” said Koula Vasilopoulos, district president for Accountemps. “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.”

The research also suggests professionals shouldn’t overlook writing cover letters: 60% of senior managers said it’s very helpful to receive these documents. In addition, 37% of respondents reported that networking on social media with employees at the company of interest can tip the scales in a candidate’s favour.

Vasilopoulos added, “Whether or not you’re looking for a new job, keep your skills, list of professional achievements and resume materials up to date. You’ll appreciate being prepared if the right career opportunity arises.”

For more job search tips, visit the Robert Half blog.

About the Research
The online survey was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from 600 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees in Canada.

 Source: Cision