The outlook for job seekers in 2018 is especially optimistic. While salaries are not projected to increase drastically, economists expect many companies to offer sign-on bonuses. Moreover, sectors, such as construction, retail, and engineering, are expected to expand.
Although the outlook for job seekers is better than past years, job seekers should be prepared for a competitive job market, this may be daunting, but the 2018 job market is merely a numbers game. By applying for multiple positions within different industries, job seekers increase their visibility on the job market and maximise their chances of being hired.
There are numerous ways to improve your chances of finding a job, here’s three of them:
- Organised Job Hunting - When applying for multiple jobs, it is crucial that job seekers remain organised. To accomplish this, many job seekers turn to online applications and recruiting websites. These applications allow job seekers to store their job documents online, receive job alerts, and organise interviews. You can create a job search account, like the Telegraph Jobs one here: https://jobs.telegraph.co.uk/register/
- Timing Your Job Hunting - If considering a new job, it is vital that job seekers give themselves ample time on the market. Application and interview processes can take months, meaning job seekers should begin the process as soon as possible if looking for a job in the new year. Jobseekers should also bear in mind their notice period, allowing 2 to 3 months for handing that in.
Tip: Typically, the new year (January - February) sees an increase in hiring as companies receive new hiring budgets. Other recruitment peaks include early spring (March) in the second quarter and the months leading up to winter holidays (October/November).
- Think Local - When searching for jobs, it is important for a job seeker to consider the location of a job. If searching for a job within a specific region, location searches often aid job seekers in finding the right job in the right area.
Tailoring Your CV
With an increasingly competitive market, specialised skills are highly valued on the job market. For each application, tailor your CV to reflect skills that are directly applicable to the hiring position.
Before tailoring your CV, consider the following:
- Read the Job Description: The job description specifically conveys the required skills for the position.
- Be Specific: Employers look at hundreds of CVs. To stand out, make your CV as specific as possible.
- CV Design: You will often have to add or edit different qualifications to your CV, meaning that the design of your CV should allow easy edits that do not disrupt the formatting.
- Application Purpose: Your CV should articulate why you are applying for the job and why you are a proper fit for a position.
- Keywords: Job descriptions often use keywords to describe a job. Tailor your CV to reflect the phrasing and style of the job description.
- Do Your Research: Research, a company to understand how you would fit within the company and make this clear in the CV.
How To Profile Yourself Online
Recruiters often base their first impression on a job candidate’s web presence.
To be sure you’re happy with what recruiters see, consider googling yourself. Take the following steps to clean up your web presence:
- Privacy Settings: The quickest way to deter unwanted viewers is to update your social media privacy settings so that you have time to clean up your accounts.
- Request Take Down: Many applications and websites have options that allow a user to request that specific content is deleted.
- Delete Account: If an account is not able to be salvaged, consider deleting the account.
- Use the Right Media: Research what social media is most valued on the job market. For example, 87% of recruiters utilise LinkedIn when searching for job candidates.
- Align Online Presence: Jobseekers should be sure that their online presence reflects their professional ethos. For example, Instagram should feature professional interests as well as sensible hobbies, so you should highlight your portfolio or skills and not highlight drunken nights out.
- Easy Access: When creating a digital profile, include links to relevant documents so that recruiters can easily access your information.
Building Social Media Connections
Social media can be a helpful tool when researching a company, and the benefits of social media include:
- Company Ethos: A company’s social media account often reveals the company ethos.
- Job Listings: Companies often advertise job opportunities on their websites and provide information on application requirements.
- Contact: If wanting to contact a company directly, social media often allows you to get in touch quickly and efficiently.
- Centralised Information: Social media allows companies to compile information about their business in a centralised location.
Availability for Interviews
Companies conduct interviews in a variety of ways. Make yourself available in as many ways as possible:
- In person interviews at the company
- Skype or digital video interviews
- Telephone interviews
- Job Fair interviews
Don’t Look for Your Dream Job
Most people do not just happen upon their dream job. More often, professionals work toward their dream job by gaining experience and using that knowledge to climb the career ladder.
By working toward your dream job, you will make valuable contacts along the way and learn essential skills that will allow you to excel in the future.
As you embark on the 2018 job market, remember to stay organised and be cognizant of your online presence.
The job market remains competitive, and only the most prepared job seekers are going to enjoy success in the new year.