One-third of Canadians planning a job search in 2018: survey

More than a third of Canadians are planning to look for a new job in 2018, according to new research by staffing firm Accountemps.

The survey polled more than 400 Canadian employees, 300 senior managers and 300 human resources managers. All the managers surveyed said they encourage job applicants to touch base after they’ve sent in a resumé, with 42 per cent reporting they’ve taken thank-you messages sent after interviews into their hiring decision. However, 40 per cent of human resources managers said being overly pushy after an interview puts applicants out of consideration.

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A fifth (21 per cent) of managers surveyed said an applicant’s online profile is as important as their resumé. And 77 per cent of managers said a single-page resume is best for staff-level job candidates while 58 per cent said the same for executive roles.

“Successful job seekers stand out for their ability to articulate the value of their expertise to an organization,” said David King, Canadian president of Accountemps, in a news release.

“By relating their professional accomplishments back to the role and potential employer, candidates demonstrate familiarity with the company and where they fit within it, while establishing reference points to use when following up with hiring managers.”

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