If you are considering finding new employment, NOW is your best chance ever to land the job YOU want. Why?
- Job openings are at an all-time high.
- Job candidate availability is at an all-time low.
- Your competition is at an all-time low, making it easier for you to get noticed.
- Pay rates are at an all-time high!
In the past, it was difficult to get the attention of the best companies if your skills and experience were not top-of-the-class. Not so anymore. Not only are firms accepting candidates with less experience, but many are training candidates to meet their requirements. It’s a win-win for everyone! Work at a great company and obtain valuable training while enjoying top pay! That’s a super opportunity.
Additionally, employers today do not want to lose strong job candidates to other companies, so they are hiring candidates much quicker. Job hunting has never been easier or faster, and with some serious wage improvements.
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Take a short break. After a while of being unemployed, it can be depressing. Relax a bit, recharge, and change your mindset. Rethink your criteria, expand your horizons, and plan your search. Work your search like it’s a 40-hour-a-week job. Start associating with the class of people you want to become – the successful and employed! Then, be open and readily available
Go where the jobs are. You can’t expect to find a job where there aren’t any that fit your skillset. Many times, this means either relocating or perhaps just changing fields. Whatever the case, try something different.
Spruce up your online presence. Potential employers are exploring an applicant’s online presence prior to hiring, so what does your Facebook presence say about you? Clean it up if it needs it and start projecting a persona of professionalism.
Try Employment Agencies. Many companies do all their hiring through employment agencies. Find an agency that specializes in full-time positions. Jobs aren’t falling off trees, so be patient. They work hard to get good candidates in front of companies. That’s how they make their living, so you can believe they are trying. Understand it’s their clients that make the hiring decision. Lastly, one application at an agency results in your application getting in front of 30-50 hiring managers at different companies. Can’t get that anywhere else, so give them a try.
Network. Network. Network. That means with friends and acquaintances that are employed, a recruiter at your favorite employment agency, and employed neighbors. Stay in touch and socialize! Working friends recommend their friends for jobs.
Practice your interviewing skills. “Tell me about yourself!” Practice with friends. Get used to your own voice in this situation. Practice gives you a sense of confidence and confidence sells.
This may be the biggest “Blow-off” ever, or is it? Everyone who has ever looked for a job shares this feeling. The preverbal black hole. However, you can improve your results if you understand its inner workings.
Stand-out with a powerful subject line. Give recruiters a reason to open your email while skipping over other people. Does your subject line make recruiters want to open your email over someone else’s email? “5 Reasons Why I Should Be Your Next Employee” is better than “Resume you requested.”
Include Key Words from their job posting. In your “5 Reasons” email and accompanying resume, include keywords from their job posting. These keywords will be the ones the recruiter will search by to determine which email to read.
Know the process. Understand the game. Resumes and applications are collected, entered into a database, and retrieved for consideration when they have enough selection to make a choice. This means your online application or resume must include the keywords recruiters will use in a search to retrieve qualifying applicants. Next, they will look for information in your application or resume that relates to the keywords in their job requirements. Again, think keywords. In which jobs did you use the skills they want to see? Where and for how long?
Lastly, you must outshine your competition. Yes, landing a job is a competition. So, where possible, the information you submit should better reflect or address their job requirements than your competition does. You may have fewer skills but present them better, making your skills easier to find, and you win! Use the company’s own language and keywords where they match your experience. Make it look like you were made for their job.