Although the job market looks great, with around [url=https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf]3.6% unemployment[/url], that doesn't mean the job search has become any easier. 42% of these unemployed Americans have been looking for a job for at least 15 weeks. And in total, almost a quarter have been searching for [url=https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t12.htm]2.7 weeks or more[/url].
If you want to find a new job, you still have to be at the top of your game. Job searching has changed dramatically over the past ten years. When's the last time you brushed up on new career tips?
Whether you're unemployed or looking to switch jobs, these 7 new job tips will put you ahead of the pack.
[b]1. Know What You're Looking For [/b]
When you're between jobs or feeling the urge to switch, it might be time to reevaluate your career. You might be unhappy with your current occupation or no longer feel you can adequately do the job.
Although searching for a new job is always stressful, it's an opportunity to remake yourself and end up in a better place than before.
Before you dive into the job search, ask yourself what you're looking for. Do you need a change of pace, a calmer work environment, or something more meaningful?
Once you know which direction you'd like to pivot your career, you're ready to conjure up a new job strategy.
[b]2. Create a New Job Strategy [/b]
So you've decided what kind of jobs you're going for. Maybe your last job had a long commute, so this time you're looking for employers no farther than ten miles from your home. Well, how are you going to find them?
Be efficient with your job search by creating a strategy. In a way, you could think of it as a freelance position. Establish a schedule that determines when and where you'll be looking for jobs.
You should also be aware of your savings and have a good idea of how quickly you'd like to find new work. Consider friends with networking opportunities who may be able to point you in the right direction and speed up the process.
[b]3. Write the Perfect Resume[/b]
Outside of networking opportunities, your resume is the best way to get your foot in the door. Before you send it out there, take some time to freshen it up with your new work experience.
Most applicants make the lazy mistake of using the same resume for every application. You should change your resume to show off qualifications and experience related to the specific job opening.
After [url=https://www.elpasoprofessionalresumes.com/blog/writing-the-perfect-resume]writing the perfect resume[/url], it's more likely to appear on top of the recruiter's pile.
[b]4. Tap Your Network [/b]
Networking seems like an intimidating concept used by professional bigwigs. In truth, there's nothing scary about it. By meeting people at work, personal events, and even your favorite hobbies, you're expanding your network.
At least [url=https://www.npr.org/2011/02/08/133474431/a-successful-job-search-its-all-about-networking]70% of jobs[/url] are never publicly published. That's because they're filled with networking connections.
When you're on a job search, don't keep it to yourself. Let everyone know that you're in the market. An unlikely friend could have the job connection you're looking for.
If you're more outgoing, contact relevant people on business sites such as LinkedIn to see if they can help you slip ahead of the other applicants.
[b]5. Don't Expect a Perfect Match [/b]
Remember that every job posting is listing their qualifications for the ideal candidate. Don't assume you'll be rejected if you're missing a few of the smaller details. Instead of putting yourself down, let the hiring manager do it.
All joking aside, employment is a number's game. The more applications you throw out into the void, the more likely someone will see it. So long as you share some of the basic qualifications, that might be enough to land the interview -- and that's where you have the opportunity to really sell yourself.
Recollect any events or experiences you have that are similar to the qualifications you're missing. Or instead, provide examples that show the company you're a quick learner, so they can be confident you'll grow into the role.
[b]6. Be Yourself [/b]
Professionalism isn't a personality. You could be the most qualified applicant by a longshot and get turned down after your interview. Why?
Because you're boring. Yes, it's important to know how to do the job you're applying for. But it's also important to be a charming person who isn't afraid to laugh or talk about their favorite hobbies.
Since you'll be working with others no matter where you work or what you do, hiring managers need to know you're a good fit for the company culture.
And this works both ways. If you're turned down because of your personality, it likely wouldn't have been a great fit.
[b]7. Prepare for the Interview [/b]
A small percentage of applicants are selected for interviews. By landing one, you've got great odds of snagging the job. So long as you impress at the interview, anyway.
To do your best, prepare for each and every interview. This means you'll get a good sense of what the company does, along with what you'll be doing. But you should also develop answers for some common interview questions.
By having some relevant work experiences in mind, you can use these to answer most of the questions you encounter -- so long as you frame them the right way.
[b]Your Job Search Starts Now [/b]
Nobody enjoys the process of finding a new job. But with a plan in place and some job search know-how, it'll become more manageable. Stay positive and take this situation as an opportunity to improve your career.
So what are you waiting for? Get started on your job search before excellent jobs pass you by. Your future self will thank you. Givology has lots of resources for job seekers, including volunteer opportunities to boost your resume.
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