The following interesting statistics will give you fresh insight into areas of your work history that you may think are problems—they are not.
Are you embarrassed because most of your jobs were part-time or contractual?
If most of your previous employment was part-time or contractual, there is no reason to delay in putting yourself forward for an equivalent full-time position:
- According to a survey by Robert Half, a recruitment firm, more than half of employers are now more open to hiring contractual workers to fill an employment gap while they hunt for a full-time employee. This number has increased over the last two years alone.
- In addition, more than 70% of managers consider working consistently in short-term jobs as being equivalent to working a full-time job.
Are you hesitating about job searching through LinkedIn?
If you are hesitant to put your credentials out into the digital world, you should be aware of the following statistics:
- LinkedIn hosts more than 575 million professionals, more than 150 million in the US alone. You won’t link to all of them, but the potential pool of connections and knowledge (about companies, their employees, and their clients) is astounding.
- Hubspot found that LinkedIn is 277% more effective in generating leads than Facebook or Twitter.
- The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that LinkedIn is the most commonly used site for recruitment—94% of organizations that use social media for recruitment use LinkedIn.
Are you worried that your degree is not in STEM?
If you believe that the only path to success is with a science, technology, engineering, and math degree, then these statistics will surprise you:
- In CollegeGrads’ list of the 10 best college majors for jobs, Marketing ranks second and Human Resources ranks ninth. Neither of them requires a STEM degree.
- Recent studies, including one by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, show that liberal arts graduates have as much earning capacity as STEM graduates.
Before you worry about problems in your resume that may not be problems at all, consult with a professional resume writer and career coach at Robin’s Resumes®. You may be surprised at just how marketable you are.