According to Allison & Taylor, a professional reference-checking company, job seekers should be aware of the seven employment trends if they are to find a new job.

1. References are becoming more valuable  While certain studies indicate the job market could grow in 2012, hiring managers want to know how well job seekers performed in the past, and references are the best way to do so. Job seekers should be sure their references give them an advantage.

2. Reviews from peers and subordinates are important. In some cases, poor performance can be hidden from a manager, but it is rarely hidden from subordinates and colleagues who are usually honest. Allison & Taylor recommends job seekers put out their best work and express appreciation to co-workers.

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