We live in unprecedented times where businesses are under extreme pressure from economic upheavals, evolving technologies, workforce challenges, and changing regulations, all significantly impacting operations.
Hiring managers are always on the lookout for young and talented individuals who have the drive to learn more about their chosen fields and get hands-on experience working there.
This means that students and fresh graduates can easily land jobs in their desired industries as long as they can demonstrate their dedication and skill set. However, these newcomers might need time to polish and hone their skills to work towards a lifelong career successfully.
STEP 1: Don’t apply to every job.
Instead of playing a numbers game and copy/pasting emails with generic cover letters, narrow your focus. Yes, this will take time, but honing in on the four or five positions you REALLY want will help you focus your resume and craft careful emails to hiring managers.
An interview is an intense and artificial way of measuring whether you will be a good fit for a role. Until another method is developed, it is important to learn how to play this game. My first interview was secured through a friend who had an office suite on the same floor as an Accountant. The interview lasted about half an hour. Part of the interview included the Accountant asking me to write a sentence so he could determine how legible my handwriting was. How interviews have changed!
When I ask people what their job search strategies are, they usually respond that they are registered with or are searching for roles on SEEK.com.
Did you know that there are 467 million LinkedIn users in more than 200 countries? 2 new users join LinkedIn every second and there are 3 million active job listings . If you are not on LinkedIn, you are missing out!
It should come as no surprise that more and more recruiters are using LinkedIn to search for potential candidates. Firstly it's free rather than having to pay to post on a job board. Recruiters can also search for candidates who are using LinkedIn to find a job, using keyword searches that relate to the skills they need.