Date: April 10, 2014

Whether you’re considering changing jobs or looking to break back into the workforce, the employment search process is undergoing a significant transition.

While you may be aware that the landscape of the labor market is becoming more contract-focused, you should also understand that the method for securing new opportunities does not follow the same old model anymore.

In a recent column for U.S. News & World Report, career expert and author Alison Green highlights some of the many job search “rules” that may no longer be relevant to professionals today.

Green specifically points to the resume as one area where rigid guidelines have been followed for years. For instance, most employment seekers may believe that this document should only be one page. However, Green notes that it is becoming more commonplace for candidates with extensive experience to submit two-page resumes.

The inclusion of an “objective” and a line specifying that “references are available upon request” are also becoming less relevant. Green points out that hiring managers likely do not care as much about your objective as they do about how you can help the company, while most managers assume references will be provided if they ask for them.

The interview is the other critical step where the game has changed, according to Green. For instance, she says candidates should avoid walking into the reception area too early, as this can annoy the hiring manager and pressure them to rush whatever tasks they are working on. Be sure to arrive plenty early, just don’t walk in the door until a few minutes before you need to, she explains.

The days when interviewees were taught to frame their weaknesses as strengths during the interview are also seemingly gone, and you should be sure to avoid these cliches. Rather than doing this, you should give a legitimate aspect of the job where you have previously struggled, and provide evidence as to how you overcame this challenge.

It should hardly come as a surprise to job seekers that the process is changing, particularly given the shifting employment recruiting practices. Even outlets that seem to be designed solely for entertainment purposes are being utilized by employers to find new workers.

A recent Mashable column asserts that Pinterest, a social networking site where people can create and share their content visually via pinboards, is now becoming a popular place for employment seekers. Many use this as a means to showcase their resume and career paths in a creative manner.