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.
With the trend of more companies hiring remote workers, many employees are thrilled. However, it is not all good. While 36% percent say they are willing to hire 100% remote workers, they don’t care from where around the globe. That’s up from 12%. These numbers reflect a recent survey of more than 330 million resource executives. If you don’t have to be in the office, you don’t have to be in the area.
Before COVID craziness, 52% of companies were willing to hire at least some remote workers. Now those companies are willing to transition up to 88% of their workforce to remote workers. Of those, only half said they would prefer remote workers from their community. The other half said they would hire from anywhere around the world. Remote does not place a premium on a worker’s origin. The issue then becomes where is the cheapest area in the US or the world to find competent people. Bottom line, companies are discovering remote employees demand less wages for the luxury of working from home.
The result of the government mandated restrictions on commerce and selective business shutdowns has forced companies to restructure their processes and workforce to just stay afloat. While the effectiveness of these mandates is questionable, the one certainty is the government has been extremely successful in forcing businesses to revamp the way they do business. One such change includes the adoption of hiring remote workers in place of onsite employees.