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Trend: “A general direction in which something is developing or changing.”Trends

It is easy to point out the trends in food and fashion (thank you very much social media), but resume trends, not so much. Truth be told, on an average, recruiters spend only 6 seconds reviewing a resume. I would think that it would take 6 seconds just to read the person’s bio, but that may just be me. In reality that just proves how similar, redundant and unoriginal everyone’s resumes are appearing to be. I know, I thought my resume was polished and perfected too…little did I realize that it needed a whole new makeover, head to toe.

So where do you even being to start with fixing your resume? This brings us to trend:

#1 Professional Prepared Resumes

Errors! Errors and typos will draw attention to the viewer. The smallest typo could set someone off. Make sure you get your there, their, and they’re correct. Not to mention brushing up on the comma rules. Back in 2013, CareerBuilder surveyed hiring managers, human resource professionals and workers across the board. This is what they found: “58% of employers pointed out typos the most common problem they saw in resumes. 36% of them said they were seeing resumes that were too generic, and 32% of them identified “copying a large amount of wording from the job posting” as a problem.

So this brings us back to where do you even begin. You could start with using a grammar software such as Grammarly. That will get rid of the errors, but not the generic content. John Laurens, a human resources manager from Resumes Planet strongly believes if you are not proficient in resume writing, you will make a mistake. He said, “You’ll either write a generic resume or you’ll get into too many details.  A professional writer is aware of the standards of different industries.” Laurens also believes that your chances of getting an interview if they hire a professional writer will increase.

#2: Personality Will Play an Even Greater Role

Have you ever hung out with a group of people who shared no similar interests to you? The conversation usually ends up pretty awkward and boring. Well, imagine landing yourself a new job that you are so excited about…but not meshing with your coworkers. Personality traits are just as important if not more, as your core skills. You can train someone on skills, but not their personality. Laura Handrick, human resources staff writer says: “Job search continues to be personal. People don’t hire from paper, they hire people they trust will do a great job in the role.” People hire real people.

So after you apply, follow up with a friendly phone call or see if you have any mutual connections that work at the company. Failing to follow up puts you at the bottom of the list.

#3: Social Media Will Get More Important

70% of employers are screening candidates via social media before hiring them. 54% have decided not to hire a candidate after screening their social media profiles, and 57% are less likely to consider someone for an interview if they can’t find them online.” So social media means serious business! Think again before you post something or share a post, people are always looking.

Comparing Facebook and LinkedIn, Facebook has 1.86 billion users and LinkedIn has 433 million members. Both social platforms are filled with demographic information, based on how much you share. “This will be key for employers as they target their job ads in order to reach the candidates with proper credentials.”

#4 Digital Resumes and Portfolios

Have you ever applied for a job posting through the mail? You probably didn’t even know that was a thing. The internet is the most important function when it comes to your job search, right? Alec Sears, human resources manager from Frontier Communications, says: “In 2018 you will see a shift towards digital resumes and portfolios. The format of the resume itself won’t change much…but wise job-seekers will utilize personal websites, online portfolios and even LinkedIn connections to stand out.”

So there you have it, the top 2018 trends. Get the ball rolling and start working on your resume today. Reach out to a few old friends or connections and ask for career advice. Consider brushing up on your public speaking or do a mock interview with your mom. Most importantly, clean up your social media and delete anything you wouldn’t want your grandma seeing. Turn yourself into a trendsetter today and make your resume stand out!

We are always hiring for positions. Apply online today. We promise we will take a long look at your resume!

generationsMillennials: The largest living generation, now up against the current generation, Gen Z.  Both generations contain a few similarities, but many differences. “These differences are sure to prompt additional adjustment when it comes to leadership, recruiting, parenting, and marketing.” How will Gen Z rank compared to Millennials in the work force?

Millennials are often described as money spenders all because of the avocado toast phase. If you are unaware, avocado toast is exactly what it sounds like- avocado, on a piece of toast. Have you tried avocado toast? Are you outside of the millennial era? People spend thousands of dollars on coffee every year, what’s the difference.

Millennials also classified as: Thinking it’s cool not to care and being so absorbed in social media that they are socially illiterate. But we are forgetting about all the positives that came from millennials. Millennials are known for being a voice of their own. They may be absorbed in social media, but they are very tech savvy and express themselves through pictures.

“By now, the oldest millennials are 35. They aren’t children anymore – in fact, a majority of them are leaders with decision-making power and direct reports.”

On the other hand Generation Z is, “Growing up in a healthier economy and appear eager to be cut loose. They don’t wait for their parents to teach them things or tell them how to make decisions. Gen Z is already out in the world, curious and driven, investigating how to obtain relevant professional experience before college.” But what does this mean for the work force?

Defined as anyone born after 1995, Generation Z is marked by crisis. 9/11 and two economic recessions. With watching the struggle of the job market, Gen Z is defined to be more careful when it comes to finances. Much like many Millennials, Gen Z has never lived in a world without cell phones, computers, and the internet.

Gen Z is already stepping into entry-level jobs, how will this generation work? Ryan Jenkins, a next generation speaker shares how Generation Z differs from Millennials: more pragmatic, more cautious, more money conscious, more face-to-face, less noticed, more global, more individualistic, more tech dependent, less parented, more early-starts, more disruptive, more multi-tasking, less focused, and more entrepreneurial.

Less focused but more entrepreneurial…how does that work? Alexandra Levit stated, “Even if you’re a small operation, you can still have a Gen Z internship program. These children are so mature and they learn so fast, they might just be ready to take over by the time they’re 22.”

Ryan Jenkins shared the similarities between the two.

-”Both generations are extremely interested in building their personal brand by gaining transferable skills that they cant ake to any job or leverage to become an entrepreneur.”

-”60% of Generation Z wants to have an impact on the world. And 84% of Millennials say making a difference in the world is more important than professional recognition.”

-”The most important workplace factor for Generation Z is opportunity for advancement. The #1 reason Millennials leave organizations is due to lack of career opportunity.”

Do you believe that these are true difference and similarities between the two? Are you a millennial that doesn’t fit into the stereotype? Share your opinion. Ambitious, ready for a change, need a new opportunity, check out our open positions at

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What is your resolution going to be this upcoming year?As the winter holidays come to an end, we all chose one day to set a resolution. Maybe we are feeling guilty about all eggnog, pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, and holiday treats, or feeling inspired to change to make a difference. Out of all the days, we decide that the New Year is a year for something different. Many of us active gym goers may dread this time of the year, because that only means one thing, packed fitness centers. A little over a month rolls around and you notice a decrease in attendance. Are people that likely to quit? On average, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February…one month later. Why is the failure rate so high?

According to Business Insider, common resolutions include: exercise more often, time management, save money, learn a new language, build your personal brand, manage stress and land a new job.

Exercise more often. As in: exercise 2 hours a day, exercise 5 times a week, run 10 miles a week, life 5lbs heavier every week. What does “exercise more often” exactly mean to you? Setting a resolution is a great start, but  focusing deeper into the why of your resolution is what will make it stay. I want to follow a half marathon training schedule, and run a half marathon by May.

Let’s focus on “landing a new job” made the list of common resolutions. That is a BIG resolution to work towards. We can all relate to how discouraging and draining the job search can be. Hours spent tweaking your resume to fit a job description, searching job boards every second of every minute, and constantly refreshing your e-mail. Business Insider says, “Millennials are predicted to change jobs four times before they turn 32 years-old.” This makes you think, are people just applying to apply, or applying for the money aspect?

Before you chose to set your resolution, you may want to set mini goals to help you get to that resolution. I’m going to sign up for a gym memberships; I’m going to take a cycling class every Saturday, etc.

For landing a job: hire a recruiter, attend a resume workshop, get on the phone more often than e-mailing, connect with old friends, talk to friends of friends and ask for help. Regardless, are 80% of people failing to meet their resolutions because they physically can’t achieve them or because they have no motivation to work towards them? Think about how you will go upon successfully achieving your resolution before you decide on one.

Set yourself up for success and be one of the 20% of people who succeed towards their resolution. And if that may be landing a new job, check out We’d love to help!

Pat DuganAmid all the hubbub about industrializing our country again and bringing jobs home, we’re getting by with a little help from newfound friends. We’ve found an enthusiastic partner in China.

In mid-March, Chicago hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new manufacturing plant set to build 846 new railcars for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to replace nearly half of the agency’s current railcar fleet. This new facility and business operations are spurred by Chinese investment.
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Pat DuganWe’ve mentioned it before, but yet another study now confirms that Chicago is a leading jobs creation hub when it comes to technology positions.

The Brookings Institution has verified that we ranked ninth among the U.S. metro areas demonstrating the greatest increase in tech jobs between 2013 and 2015. Chicago added about 10,000 jobs over that span.

It translated into a growth rate of 5.8% a year for Chicago, which put it in the same bracket as New York and Portland, though still not as fast a growth rate as seen in Austin (16.1%) or even Indianapolis (13.9%). San Francisco and San Jose, naturally, kept up a strong pace, growing 12% over those two years.

Digital jobs cluster in the top 10 metro areas nationwide, according to the report, accounting for 46% of those jobs. In 2015, Chicago had 94,000 digital services jobs, while the U.S. had 2,782,000 digital positions in all.

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Pat DuganWe’ve previously posted about the move downtown by McDonald’s and other companies who have re-located to urban sites after decades in the suburbs. That’s not only true in our area, but it’s a trend that’s taking hold across the rest of the Midwest, too.

Jobs Following TalentIn Cleveland, there’s an increase in the use of old building for new business ventures and move-ins, plus new construction. The fact that the Cavaliers and Indians had great seasons, and the RNC came to town, have helped invigorate the downtown vibe there.

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Pat DuganIf it seems to you like there are more cranes dotting the skyline, more condos and apartment complexes under development than you can keep track of, you’re absolutely right. There’s a nation-leading construction boom underway across Chicago and its surrounding suburbs that represents a powerful turnaround. Building Boom

In December alone, according to figures from research firm Dodge Data & Analytics, Chicagoland saw more than $452 million in total residential construction spending. Taken year-to-date, the total was $7.230 billion, a 46% jump that was the best VTD growth of any metro area in the U.S.A.
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Pat DuganChicago’s unemployment rate has steadied out at around 5.8%, down from 6.4% just a couple of years ago. That’s good news for the overall regional economy, though the problems downstate and other endemic difficulties in the Illinois economy are still with us.

But for some companies, it’s made it tougher to find and hire the kind of skilled workers or specialists they need to fill certain roles. Just a few examples of that?
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There’s been enough bad news on the employment front of late, so here’s a positive sign that echoes what we’ve mentioned before: Chicago is developing into a tech jobs powerhouse, and that’s a view that’s shared among the skilled workers we need to draw here to support future growth.

Chicago #1 Tech HubA new survey found that Chicago is being viewed by tech sector employees as the hottest new market in the country. Respondents were asked which big city housing markets were most poised to be “transformed” by the tech industry, and Chicago beat out Houston, Boston, Denver and Philadelphia for the honors.

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Pat DuganIf you’re looking for another sign of how Illinois has strugg;ed in terms of job creation lately, you only have to look at the final IDES employment report for 2016.

The unemployment rate in Illinois rose to 5.7% in December, paced by an overall loss of 16,700 nonfarm payroll jobs in that month alone.

No area of the state was immune to the drop, including Chicago, which wasn’t impacted as hard as other areas such as Decatur, Rockford or St. Louis. But the overall trend isn’t rosy for anyone.
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Pat DuganAs we roll into the New Year, there always new trends to keep an eye on as the job market evolves. There will be some new “best practices” for the jobseeker and the human resources professional alike, and job sectors will open up – while others will narrow. Here are just a few of the 5 Trends 2017trends that’ll affect business staffing.

1. Growing transparency in the hiring process

Today’s best candidates aren’t like yesterday’s jobseekers. They expect more transparency and responsiveness from the entire process, just as they expect it from marketers or commerce providers that are part of their digital world. If you’re not upfront about matters like compensation, benefits, company culture and other factors, a lot of the new generation of job seekers simply won’t be interested.

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Pat DuganWe’ve mentioned repeatedly how Chicago is becoming a real hotbed of opportunity for tech jobs, and this latest survey justifies that judgment. Real estate firm CBRE has been keeping track of who’s renting commercial office space in various nationwide markets, and Chicago has “cracked the top ten,” according to this coverage in Crain’s Chicago Business.

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