Jobs are hard to come by in today’s market where companies are struggling to keep the employees they already have. Americans have been victims of downsizing, re-organization, restructuring and lay-offs despite being educated and experienced workers.
Though times are tough, there are steps you can take to improve your chances of landing a job that will not only capitalize on your already stellar skills, but give you a sense of personal and professional fulfillment.
First, you need to recognize the variables that effect the amount of time it takes to find a job. They include:
- The type of work you do
- Where you live
- Willingness and ability to relocate
- The state of the industry
- Your age
- How you approach your job hunt
You also need to recognize the differences in how job hunters prefer to approach finding employment, and how employers prefer to find new employees. Where a hunter may prefer to send in a resume or go to an agency or head hunter, employers give preference to current employees who can be moved, or looking to a friend or colleague for qualified individuals. Job hunters generally prefer a traditional job search, while employers lean more towards a social job search. Knowing the differences in these approaches can help you outwit the job market.
Completing an honest self-assessment can help you analyze your own skills and think outside the box for finding the right job. Perhaps you are overlooking a field you are qualified for, or that would fit your intrinsic skills? Identifying your strengths, weaknesses and talents can help you figure out where to start looking for your next job.
There are more avenues to finding a job now than ever before with online job postings and fast, reliable ways to communicate with employers. Sites for finding jobs, mobile job applications, and smart phone apps make your brand image – the methods by which you present yourself through your resume, cover letters, and cards – very important, as it allows you to market yourself to employers. Creating a positive image that will gain you the attention you deserve can help you land the job you’ve always wanted.
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