Searching for a job is a full-time job. You already know this if you are in the arena of seeking a new opportunity that fits your desires and standards. What you need to do is go the extra mile if you are concerned about landing a new, valuable job in 2024.
Drawing from our extensive experience in the HR industry and our successful track record of helping numerous companies find the ideal candidates for their vacant positions, we are now in a position to offer three valuable tips for making the job-seeking process more fruitful.
Although it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, these four tips can help you attract attention and take one step forward in the hiring process.
1. Bypass the easy-apply trap
While easy-apply applications may seem like a time-saving solution, they often hinder your ability to tailor your resume to specific roles.
A generic application may not effectively highlight your skills and experiences relevant to a particular job. To stand out from the crowd, invest time in crafting a targeted resume for each position.
Tailoring your application demonstrates your genuine interest in the role and showcases your qualifications in the best light possible.
2. Filters have the power
The vast sea of job listings can be overwhelming. To streamline your search, use filters on job boards to narrow down opportunities based on specific criteria such as location, industry, or minimum salary.
By refining your search, you can focus on positions that align with your career goals and avoid wasting time on irrelevant listings.
This approach not only saves time but also ensures that you are investing your efforts in opportunities that truly match your skills and aspirations.
3. Keep job alerts and notifications always ON
Staying proactive in your job search is crucial. Many job boards offer an alert feature that notifies you via email or app notifications when jobs matching your preferences become available.
Setting up job alerts helps you stay ahead of the competition and ensures that you don’t miss out on potential opportunities.
By receiving timely updates, you can promptly apply to newly listed positions, showcasing your enthusiasm and responsiveness to prospective employers.
With over 185 candidates applying for each job position, according to our Hiring Pulse (Nov.23 edition), it’s always a good idea to be among the first to hit the button.
4. Diversify your search channels
Not all companies use the same platforms to advertise their job openings. To cast a wide net, it’s essential to diversify your search across multiple channels.
Don’t neglect other resources such as company websites, industry-specific platforms, job boards like JOBS.WORKABLE and networking events.
By exploring various avenues, you increase your chances of discovering hidden gems that may not be widely advertised.
What you need to know before applying
1. Searching for the right job may take some time
As of October 2023, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tells us that the majority of people find a new job within 5-15 weeks. This includes everyone who’s out of a job, whether they’re actively or passively looking for a new opportunity.
2. Seeking a new opportunity is prone to judgment
For example, you may be filtered out in the initial stage of the hiring process because you lack an important skill required for the position.
However, this does not mean that you are not qualified enough. Self-confidence plays a major role in the job search journey, particularly during the interview process. Get yourself prepared for judgment and rejection.
3. You may need to take some time away
If you feel like you need some time away of the business, you can take a break to concentrate on the things that really matter to you. You may need a career change or time for yourself. Use this time to attend trainings, to contemplate, and later enter more actively into the job search arena.
May 2024 will be your year!