In the current labour market, finding a job can be difficult. Employers are becoming more specific and demanding in their labour needs, wanting the best employees for every position. This presents a challenge to job seekers. However, there are a few strategies you can use to increase the likelihood of success for your job search.
1. Know your strengths
This sounds basic, but understanding the value you can create for a company makes it much more likely that you can communicate that value effectively. People often fill out the ‘Skills’ sections of their resumes with nothing more than keywords, catchphrases and clichés, without looking at the bigger picture. It’s one thing to say you have excellent communication skills, but it’s another to be able to demonstrate how and where you developed them, and how they could be useful.
2. Cater your application to each individual job
Not all jobs are the same. While some may be similar, there will be different criteria for each position and company. Make sure to tailor your resume and cover letter to suit the job you are applying for. Generic resumes and cover letters show a lack of effort or genuine interest in the position – and recruiters will be able to pick up on that vibe. Match your skills and experiences to those presented in the job advertisement – how do you stack up to what the company wants? This doesn’t mean saying you are something you aren’t. It just means understanding how you would fit in that job.
3. Enter the hidden job market
The hidden job market is the creation of jobs that don’t exist, until you go looking. You’d be surprised at how many opportunities there are in organisations that are not available until the right candidate is presented. Contacting employers who may not be actively searching demonstrates initiative and passion for a position & company. It creates a good first impression that you are willing to take the lead and seek out opportunities. Businesses are more likely to notice you if you give them a reason to be noticed.
While there are dozens of tips, tricks and hints that could be given, the ones provided here are a solid foundation to improve your job search strategy.