- There's a "global war" for quality employees. Half says there will be "a shortfall of up to 18 million highly skilled workers in advanced economies, including the U.S., by 2020.
- It's tough finding good professional help. About 66% of global firms say they face recruiting challenges for specific job openings, up 14% two years ago.
- More staffers are cutting ties with corporations. Approximately 2.2 million career professionals voluntarily left their jobs in February, an 18% upward spike from 2011, Half reports.
- Companies are recruiting talent. Almost 20% of U.S. workers say they have been approached by a company or recruiter for posts they didn't apply for or seek.
The rule of thumb is this: If a post or photo could offend someone, delete it. It's just not worth the risk on your job hunt. A successful career search is all about raising the odds, not reducing them. Scrub your online image and make sure you're working on the former, and not the latter.