Career Leaders from US, UK, Italy, Canada, Russia & Australia Release Findings from 2013 Global Career Brainstorming Day

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Career professionals from around the globe share "the now, the new, and the next" in careers, as uncovered through brainstorming sessions in Moscow, London, Brisbane, Toronto, eight US cities, and three virtual events. Findings relate to resumes, job search, career management, online profiles and social media, hiring and recruitment practices, career coaching, workplace diversity, and strategies for success in the workplace.

Are resumes a thing of the past? What’s the future of job boards? What new tools, resources, and techniques are employers using to evaluate and select candidates? Is LinkedIn really that important?

These topics, and dozens more, were carefully explored at the fourth annual Global Career Brainstorming Day in November 2013. Now, Career Thought Leaders (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, Canada, Italy, Russia, and Australia. Among the many thought-provoking findings:

  •     Mobile apps will be the next big thing for applying for jobs.
  •     Resumes will become an aggregation of social media. Some project less content but with more links to work projects, social media, video bios, contact options, infographics, and other online bio bits.
  •     The better job boards have evolved into social networks, creating greater engagement by job seekers and providing new opportunities for employers to promote their brand and connect with target applicants.
  •     Gamification is a trend in the job interview. Candidates create avatars, the idea being that they will reveal skills, personality traits, and emotional intelligence by playing games.
  •     Cultural intelligence will be a critical skill for successfully navigating the emerging world of work. There will soon be five generations in the workplace, requiring new skills for organization leaders and all employees.

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.

“It is amazing to see how quickly things change from year to year,” said Louise Kursmark, CTL executive director and co-editor of the white paper. “Terms such as ‘big data’ and ‘gamification’ appeared in our findings for the first time, while other trends that were on the cutting edge just a year ago are already mainstream.”

Career Thought Leaders, the Brainstorming Day sponsor, provides expert insights, trends, and best practices that affect career professionals, employers, and job seekers around the world. CTL’s next major event is its Annual Conference and Professional Symposium, April 24–26, 2014 – Baltimore, MD.

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