I know it is tough at the moment. So many people have been stood down or been made redundant. So many businesses have experienced significant losses in clients, projects, and turnover. But things will change for the better soon and there are things we can do now that we will benefit from later.
In this article, I would like to make suggestions on what job seekers could do to find their next role.
Networking: Make sure you have an updated and appealing LinkedIn Profile. It is perfectly fine to put in your header that you are looking for a job. If you feel comfortable about it, you can even make your resume publicly available so that people can instantly contact you.
Most importantly reach out and connect with people from your industry and join professional groups in your field. Start conversations with them about how the industry looks like and share insights. You will be surprised at how many people would be happy to help and share their thoughts and experiences.
Join Webinars: There are so many webinars out there right now about any topic that could be relevant to you. And best of all, they are for free and you get so many valuable insights and tips and tricks from other professionals! Join meet up groups www.meetup.com to mingle with likeminded people and topics that are relevant to you.
Targeted applications: If you send off 20 random applications a day in the hopes you will get called for at least of them you should rethink your approach. Not only is it highly frustrating if you get rejection after rejection, but you also don’t do yourself a favour. Instead, pay close attention to the job requirements and make sure you have most of the necessary skills and experiences they ask for. This ensures you will be focusing on jobs you are perfectly capable of doing and you will have a much better chance of securing a new role.
Have multiple versions of your CV/Resume: Instead of having a one-size-fits-all Resume, create different and more targeted versions for each position you’re interested in and capable of doing. That does not mean you have to rewrite the entire document; you can simply amend your career objective or tweak your work experience section to suit the job. Perhaps you might want to emphasise different skills for different opportunities to ensure it fits each role and targets the position description.
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