How to Get a Job in Today's Market

Polish your social media profile and your interviewing skills.

A robust job market means more opportunities for graduating college students, the unemployed and workers with a seven-year itch. But the days of submitting a résumé and sitting for an interview are long gone. Many companies, overwhelmed by the number of applicants, are taking new steps to find candidates, and technology plays an ever-larger role. “The amount of human interaction has probably never been lower,” says Dan Ryan, an executive search consultant and member of the Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management State Council. Once you do meet with a hiring manager, you might be asked to put your skills into action by doing temp work. All of which means that if you’re looking for a job today, you need to fine-tune your approach.

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Carolyn Bigda has been writing about personal finance for more than nine years. Previously, she wrote for Money, and is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune.