Career Thought Leaders Consortium - Global Think Tank for The Now, The New, and The Next in Careers - Releases Findings of 2011 Global Career Brainstorming Day Event

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100+ career experts in the US, UK, and Canada collaborated to share their expertise and forecast trends in careers, hiring, resumes and cover letters, coaching, job search, interviewing, career development, military-to-civilian transition, social media, online reputation management, keywords, and dozens of other core employment topics. Data from in-person and virtual brainstorming sessions were collected, synthesized, and presented in a 46-page white paper that has just been released.

Are resumes a thing of the past? Will Facebook supplant LinkedIn? Are green careers still on the rise? What’s the best job search tactic in today’s competitive market?

These topics, and dozens more, were extensively explored at the second annual Global Career Brainstorming Day event in October 2011. Now, the Career Thought Leaders Consortium (CTL) has compiled the findings into “The Now, The New, and The Next in Careers,” a white paper reporting insights from career professionals in the US, UK, and Canada.

Brief highlights of the extensive findings include:

  •     Resumes remain the dominant document for job transition, but LinkedIn profiles are rapidly rising in importance. In fact, in certain situations, they are already more important than resumes.
  •     Cover letters are evolving into shorter, sharper messages that can be quickly scanned on a smart phone.
  •     Job seekers are challenged to make a “perfect” keyword match to rise to the top of automated Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) – and new services are rising to help them game the system.
  •     QR codes that point to a web portfolio of consolidated Google findings are popping up on business cards, resumes, and other career documents.
  •     GenY workers have a totally different career mindset than Baby Boomers. Freelance, contract, part-time, and interim positions are normal to younger workers, and this trend of “portfolio” careers will continue to grow.

To download and read the complete white paper:

Brainstorming Day participants included career coaches, career counselors, resume writers, college and university career professionals, military transition specialists, and others who work on the front lines of the employment industry. Their insights – based on daily interactions with job seekers and hiring authorities worldwide – reveal dynamic changes in the way we work today, and the way we’ll work tomorrow.

“We were amazed at how quickly things had evolved in one year,” said Louise Kursmark, CTL executive director and co-editor of the white paper. “Trends are moving very quickly in response to a variety of forces – economic climate, pervasive use of social media, and rapid emergence of new apps and services for a mobile workforce. It’s fascinating to track the changes – and essential to career professionals to know where our industry is headed.”

Career Thought Leaders Consortium, the Brainstorming Day sponsor, provides expert insights, trends, and best practices that affect career professionals, employers, and job seekers around the world. CTL outreach includes a website, blog, conference (March 11-14, 2012 – Baltimore, MD), and both networking and educational events.

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