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IT unemployment is very low, but that doesn't mean you should let your skills stagnate.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current national unemployment rate is 3.7%, and for IT workers and other people in computer and mathematical occupations, unemployment is even lower — just 2.4%. With so few job seekers on the market, employers are turning their attention to recruiting passive job candidates, that is, the people who aren't actively looking for a job but might be tempted if the right opportunity came along.
To find those passive job candidates, HR professionals are turning to social media and online job boards. A survey conducted by Jobvite found that 77% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates, 64% rely on Facebook, and 25% turn to Instagram.
If you are one of those passive job seekers who might be interested in a new job, the beginning of a new year is a great time to revisit your social media accounts or any resumes you have posted with online job boards. You'll want to make sure your employment information is up-to-date, of course, and also make sure you've mentioned your involvement with professional organizations and open source projects. You should also make sure your social media posts don't reference drinking or drugs (even if you live in a state where marijuana is legal). Some people even suggest you delete any political rants and fix your spelling and grammar errors, because more than 40% of recruiters say either of those things can turn them off candidates.
Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio
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