Posted Thursday January 9, 2020


Survey Reveals Job Search Trends in Canada for 2020

Promoting an online portfolio or personal website is the top way candidates can get a leg up on the competition, Using cartoons and excessive colour on application materials are the biggest turnoffs for employers; Most senior managers find cover letters very valuable

How can professionals stand out from the crowd and score a job this year? According to a new survey, senior managers in Canada are most impressed when candidates provide access to an online portfolio or personal website (43 per cent), highlight accomplishments in an infographic (39 per cent) and add personal details unrelated to the position (e.g., hobbies) on their resume (39 per cent). The tactics that hurt workers' chances most are including cartoon images like Bitmojis or caricatures (42 per cent) and using colourful fonts or backgrounds (23 per cent) on application materials.

"As in-demand skills and workplace trends continue to evolve, how job seekers can showcase their expertise, and best present themselves to employers, is also shifting," said Koula Vasilopoulos, district president for Accountemps. "While professionalism on a resume remains paramount, many hiring managers are drawn to applications that show candidates' passion for their work and individual interests, and clearly articulate why they're the right fit for the role."

The research also suggests professionals shouldn't overlook writing cover letters: 60% of senior managers said it's very helpful to receive these documents. In addition, nearly two in five respondents (37 per cent) reported that networking on social media with employees at the company of interest can tip the scales in a candidate's favour.

Vasilopoulos added, "Whether or not you're looking for a new job, keep your skills, list of professional achievements and resume materials up to date. You'll appreciate being prepared if the right career opportunity arises." is distributed twice weekly; Tuesday and Thursday

Not a Subscriber? Receive more articles on business issues
Sent directly to your email in-box.

contact us

Publisher is Exchange Business Communication Inc.
No part of this article may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher.
Email Publisher

ISSN 0824-45
Copyright, 2019

Share Your Story: pressrelease @
Expand Your Reach:
advertise @
Publisher: Exchange Business Communication Inc., PO Box 248, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Email Editor

Content published on this site represents the opinion of the individual, organization and/or source provider. is a online daily journal of Exchange Business Communication Inc. (1997) Publishers of Exchange Magazine est. 1983. Privacy Policy. Copyright of Exchange produced editorial is the copyright of Exchange Business Communications Inc. 2019. Submitted editorials, comments and releases are copyright of respective source(s).