The job search scene can seem daunting. When you see young people fresh out of university crowding job fairs and organized cattle calls, it’s hard not to think that your chances of getting hired are slim to none.
However, finding a new job or switching careers is doable despite the challenges presented by the fiercely competitive job hunt industry. With optimism and the right moves, you can place yourself in the high priority list of the companies you are aiming for.
So, what are the right moves to make? Listed below are seven of them.
1. Don’t stop learning.
You may already know what your strengths are and what you can contribute to any organization that would hire you, but this does not mean that you should rely on your top skills alone.
According to top recruitment agencies, one of the best moves any job hunter could make is to expand his or her skill set. The best way to do that is by taking short courses at reputable training centers. Be sure to look for education that can complement the job position you have your eyes on.
For instance, if you are an accountant and you wish to join an international firm, why not start taking language classes? Research on the firm’s global offices and perhaps study the foreign language used in such locations. If the firm has an office in the Middle East, take an Arabic language course. This will increase your value as a potential contributor to the company.
2. Step out of your comfort zone.
Sometimes, the most fulfilling job positions are not the ones you have your eyes on. Therefore, do not be afraid to think out-of-the-box and break out of your comfort zone.
A top recruitment company in the UAE says that being open to different fields automatically increases your chances of landing a good job. At the same time, tapping into your interests is always a good idea.
For example, you are a fitness enthusiast and have a certification to teach yoga, but you possess a degree in business. Your typical employment options would be limited to competitive trading firms. But why not consider a fitness center that needs a fitness instructor?
Who knows, your business background may come in handy. You may find yourself a job at a fitness center as a yoga teacher, but also be given the position as one of the business administrators. The idea here is to be open to all kinds of possibilities.
3. Grow your volunteer experience.
An article published by US News highlights volunteering as a substantial element in landing a job. This has been an effective strategy for the many who have frantically tried to land full-time employment during the global recession.
Doing pro-bono work will not only hone or grow your skills; it can also help you with networking. Staying connected to a vast group of people who are members of the industry you are aiming for can automatically lead you to more job opportunities.
It’s worth noting as well that volunteering can create a mind-shift about your career path. You may discover that you can do so much more, and you do not have to limit yourself to your original ideas about employment.
4. Look for industries that are not affected by economic instability.
Career coach Jennifer Thompson says the healthcare and government sectors are two of the industries that hold steady even during an economic recession. There are jobs in both sectors that demand different backgrounds.
Thus, even if you are someone with a BA in French and you long to become a teacher, dig deep into such industries. There is no doubt that there will be job positions that will require your experience and skills in their dynamic operations.
5. Use social media to your advantage.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube are not only good for finding ads about job openings. You can use them in a variety of ways to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, and even earn a good income on the side.
Tonya Leigh, the founder of FrenchKissLife.com, is a lovely example of someone who’s used social media to advance in her career. She started out as a nurse who’s also a francophile and became a personal development coach through social media. Her blog posts, podcasts, and webinars established her as an expert. She is now a sought-after speaker for women.
So, think more thoroughly about how you use social media because the future of social media platforms can change our lives in so many ways, it can benefit your search for the job of your dreams.
6. Welcome part-time gigs.
This is particularly helpful for those who are fresh out of university. Part-time jobs are a great way to finance your life while you are waiting for big-ticket employment.
Working part-time for any organization that allows you to practice what you have studied in college may also lead to a full-time position. If you demonstrate a strong commitment to the job and you impress with your top-level work ethics, the organization you work for would not want to let you go.
Also, if you are interested in a full-time job at that company you are part-timing in, be bold in expressing your desire to become a full-time employee. If you play your cards right, the organization may even fashion a specific position for you, or find an available position they know you can thrive in, even if it’s not what you initially had in mind.
7. Adopt a solutions-provider mindset.
One of the savviest strategies that you can use when applying for a job is to identify the setbacks a company or the industry is dealing with, and present a solution. Make you, the primary source of that solution.
Look for problems that need to be resolved, and identify the latest trends that the industry or company is one in on yet. Competitive companies are always looking for people who are not only experienced and skilled but can take their operations to a much higher level as well.
When you are a solutions-provider, you get to create opportunities for yourself. This is a practice that a lot of job-seekers fail to do. So, stay on top of business news and stay tuned to different channels that offer valuable information about the industry you wish to become a part of.
All in all, diligence and creativity are your best tools in securing a job during tough times.
No matter how uncertain the future can be for a job seeker as yourself, possessing these two vital tools and demonstrating them through the application of the tips above will allow you to stand out, and earn the nod of potential employers.