Unemployment rates have soared all over the world in the last few months. Job hunting can be stressful, but when there’s increased competition, finding the right role can be even tougher. If you’re on a mission to get a new job, or you’ve decided that you want to pursue a change of career, here are some steps to take the stress out of your search.
Sign up with recruitment agencies
Recruitment agencies advertise vacancies on a daily basis, and the aim is to connect suitable candidates with roles that complement their expertise and skills. Registering with an agency will open doors and make it easier to locate positions that are relevant to your experience and your career goals. If you have a specific job or industry in mind, it’s worth researching recruiters and looking for companies that specialize in your field.
Review and revamp your resume
Often, when you apply for a job, an employer will work through a pile of resumes before deciding who to call to interview. You have one chance to impress on paper, so it’s vital to make sure that your resume highlights your skills and abilities and sets you apart from other candidates. If you haven’t written a resume in years, or you haven’t been successful in previous job searches, take the time to review the information you provide and refresh the presentation using a resume maker. You want your resume to showcase you in the best possible light and maximize the chances of moving to the next stage. Your resume should be concise and punchy, and you should tailor every application to suit the role in question.
Search for vacancies online
In years gone by, people used to scour the papers for jobs and tour stores looking for adverts posted on community notice boards and shop windows. Now, job hunting is very different thanks to the Internet. In a matter of seconds, you can locate hundreds of vacancies in your local area. Use search engines to find sites that display positions and opportunities, filter the results based on your preferences and requirements and sign up for alerts. You can choose a sector, a job title and a salary band, as well as a location. It’s a good idea to upload your resume to reputable websites so that employers can find you. If you register with a jobs site, you should receive regular updates with new adverts, so you can check the details and even send an application on the go. Always check the details of the job carefully, make sure you have the relevant experience and qualifications and submit the relevant documentation. Some employers will only ask for a resume, while others may also request a cover letter or a supplementary statement.
Many people will be looking for a new job in the weeks and months ahead. At a time when stress and anxiety levels may be high, it’s important to take steps to simplify the job hunting process and increase your chances of finding a suitable role. Registering with recruiters, updating your resume and searching for vacancies online will hopefully take the stress out of your search and help you find the perfect opportunity.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.