Although today’s economy has shown improvement from where it was two years ago, the job market’s still fierce. With many graduates getting ready to also enter the workforce, there are going to be more job applicants than before competing for what jobs are available. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a survey showed that employers are planning to hire 13.5 percent more graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 2011 than they hired in 2010. It should also be noted that in a recent article featured in “The Guardian,” studies show that the ratio of applicants per job is 70 to 1.
Employers are being more strategic in their hiring processes. Still leery about hiring back full time, business leaders want to ensure they choose the best applicant for their available jobs. So as a result, they are paying attention to even the most minor details about you and your application. As such, it can seem like the job search is a long, tedious process full of obstacles to overcome. But stay strong and know that there are still great jobs out there, whether you’re the one looking or you know someone who is.
First and foremost, it’s important to stay motivated and keep applying for jobs. Although the search may take more time now than previously, the goal is to not let it overwhelm you, and sometimes that’s easier said than done. On average, job seekers are spending 27 weeks looking for employment, according to a recent Gallup poll. Regardless of why you’re on the job hunt—switching careers, re-entering the workforce, graduating, or still in school—here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your job search and find the right career for you.
Keep your résumé up to date.
It’s important, first and foremost, to ensure that your résumé is current and reflects the skills and talents you have now. A résumé is a brief overview of your experience and abilities that can help get your foot in the door of an employer. You have a short amount of time to grab an employers’ attention when he or she look over your résumé, so you want to make sure it showcases the value you could bring to the team. Include specifics about how you’ve made a difference in your current or previous jobs, provide info on your training and background, and include information such as any awards you have received. Your résumé is an employer’s first impression of you, so make sure you make every word of it count.
Tell others you’re on the job hunt.
When you’re on the job search, having some help can go a long way. The more people who know you’re looking for work, the more your chances of finding work increase. Also, this is helping you build a network of contacts. As you’ve heard before, finding a job isn’t necessarily what you know, but who you know. So, take the time to meet with others and increase your network. You never know what could happen. Someone you know might know another person who has a job for you.
Attend local job fairs.
Where else can you meet several of your city’s top employers all in one location? Job fairs are a great way for you to maximize your time. Just make sure you find out in advance which companies that you would want to work for will be there. Have copies of your résumé prepared and ready to hand out. Also, to show you have interest and knowledge about a particular company, prepare questions. Also, don’t forget to dress up for the occasion to help put your best foot forward. Making a lasting impression could help you land the job.
Take on temporary assignments.
Staffing agencies also have connections to many businesses across your city. They can help place you in a variety of positions. This allows you to try out different jobs to find the right match. Also, you get the flexibility of short-term work, but gain the experience you need to avoid work gaps on your résumé until you find that dream job. You still earn an income and benefits to meet your financial needs, and have the possibility that this opportunity could turn into a full-time job.
Continue to build your skills and talents.
Maybe you’re working at a job that you don’t love. To get where you want to go, it’s important to keep building your skills for the job you want. Volunteering your time is a great way to do that. Many organizations, especially nonprofits, would greatly appreciate someone who could help them with specific duties like marketing, accounting, office work, fundraising and more. Accept the challenge and put your skills to the test. Also, this is another way to build your résumé and showcase how you are supporting a great cause.
Don’t let this job market get you discouraged. Stay positive and keep dreaming. Keep the big picture in mind because a job is out there for you. And, maybe you’re not looking for a job, but you can share these tips with someone who is on the hunt. The current market does require more work to find a job, but with a little goal planning, persistency and networking, it can be done.
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