It’s a strange job market there. On the one hand, there are a lot of jobs available. However, there are not necessarily jobs available in all areas and some job seekers are increasingly frustrated.
In a recent FlexJobs survey, job seekers today said they take different steps to get an offer. Here are some of the things you can do if you want to be a winner in the job market.
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1. Be open to all types of work arrangements
Today’s workplaces are different. Some are completely far away. Others are hybrids, where employees work remotely part of the time and in an office the rest. In the above survey, 42% of those polled said they were open to any type of arrangement – full-time in the office, full-time at home, or a mix of both. If you are willing to be just as flexible, you could open the door to more opportunities.
2. Look outside your current domain
It makes sense to begin your job search by looking for work in your current field. But if you’re not having that much luck there, it might pay off to broaden your horizons. In fact, 35% of job seekers consider looking for positions outside of their current fields, and you might want to take a similar approach to your job search. A career change could open the door to a higher salary. And even if he doesn’t do it right away, you might gain some experience leading up to it.
3. Consider a role for which you are overqualified.
Applying for a position for which you are overqualified may seem like a step backwards, from a career perspective. But if you’re struggling to get hired, there are benefits to going this route. First of all, any paycheck is better than nothing, and if you’re currently depleting your savings, you may need to sacrifice a bit of career growth to stay afloat financially. But also, you never know what you might learn in a new job, even if you feel like you have too much experience for it. In fact, 56% of job seekers today have thought about applying for jobs they are overqualified for, so you wouldn’t be alone in this regard.
4. Make an effort in every job you are applying for.
It’s one thing to blow up your resume and call it a day, but it’s another to go the extra mile by writing a cover letter for each position you apply for and following up afterward. . A good 66% of job applicants say they always or mostly include a cover letter with their applications, tailor their resumes to the specific jobs they are applying for, and then make a point of following up on those applications. Making that effort could be the difference between getting hired or not.
Finding a job today may not be easy, but it is possible. And while your research can be time consuming, remember that it will all be worth it once you have a paid job and can enjoy the financial security that comes with a regular paycheck.