Whether you’re unemployed or just looking for something better, the job market today is not about the economy or what’s jobs are available. The market is about what you’re willing to do to get where you want to be. Most people work hard at improving their chances. but sometimes they focus on the wrong things. An example may be that they are a little behind the times and are searching for a job that lives in the 21st Century.
There’s a whole new science to “job searching” today, you can’t just rely on a good Resume, a good suit and the classified ads in the local newspaper. You need to be prepared for your interview with job interview questions and tips.
Companies go through a process of change all the time and we need to keep up with them, change brings opportunity and this is exactly where you need to be to step in and get that job you want.
If you think you have what it takes to get creative at job searching and job interview success, try these tips:
1. Technology: Internet has changed the job market a lot, even more during 2010. When you add global warming and a broader vision on the world market, you’ll notice that more and more companies are open to hiring at an international level. In addition to this, there are so many tools available to be able to manage an online job, from Skype to Gotomeeting and even the new Nimble tool. This brings a whole new level of opportunities if you’re thinking of looking for a job.
2. Outlets: The days of classified ads are over! Job searching has become complex but if you know what you want and you’re sure of what you can do, searching in a niche is actually quite easy. Almost every single company has a website and most of them post jobs, if you’re looking into working with a specific company, this is something you need to keep an eye on. The tools and outlets on Internet for job searching are endless, sites like Monster.com and Indeed.com are just a couple in a bunch!
3. Skills: Many years ago it was almost impossible to get a job if you didn’t have a degree in your hand. As important as an education is, most companies are focusing a lot more on skills. A paper doesn’t mean that you’re good at your job and this is something you need to keep in mind. Make sure you are aware of your top skills, write them down and work on them… these could probably get you a job that you thought you’d probably never get! Know your job description well and always make sure you have your Resume up-to-date and at hand with a list of all your detailed skills.
4. Tools: Thanks to Social Media we have tools for job searching that we never had before. Facebook and Twitter are a good example of this, if you’re good at what you do, make sure you share your experience with others, you never know who’s out there reading you. LinkedIn is also an amazing tool for job searching. If you don’t have an account, get one! Make sure you take your time and build your profile without leaving anything out. Use the tools, work on your recommendations, use the Answers sections, join groups and even better, check out all the great job posts!
5. Visibility: Going back to Internet, this is the era of transparency. Anybody can be online and showcase their work. Visibility is important, people need to see you’re good at what you do. Telling a possible contractor what you can do is so different from them actually seeing your work online! If you have the ability to blog or work on a personal website, get that done. Add to that Facebook, Twitter and your LinkedIn account, you have a whole web about you that will give you much more visibility than a simple written Resume in an e-mail.
If you manage to work on all these tips, be sure that you will find it much easier to go for that dream job that you’ve been looking for. The secret is in knowing what you can do and how far you can go, companies today look for specific skills, know what they are, work on them and trust that they will get you there.
Author: Ann Brampton