Last week the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) reported 7.3 million job openings – the most since they began keeping track in 2000! An estimated 3.5 million of those individuals voluntarily left their jobs, presumably, for better opportunities and greener pastures.
So, what can you do to take advantage of the hot job market? What if you’re not ready to make the full-on plunge into leaving your job, but want to be made aware of options you may not realize you have? Whatever your situation, we have compiled a number of tips to get you the job you want.
Update your resume
Should you choose to dive straight into the challenge of finding your next career, there are a couple of things to remember. To be considered for a job, you must first apply. This typically begins with submitting a resume. If it has been a couple years since you last applied, an update to your relevant experiences should come first. Certain resume trends have fallen out of favor over the years, so make sure the information you’re providing is what employers want to see!
Begin to utilize the internet and all the resources it can provide for your career. Online job boards like those found at LinkedIn or Johnson Service Group put new career opportunities literally at your fingertips. Your LinkedIn profile also serves as your online resume and can be used to showcase your talents at a digital level.
Practice makes perfect
You should also begin brushing up on your job interview skills. Once you make it past the application stage of finding a new job, you will most likely be faced with an interview or the first of a series of interviews. Whether it’s in person or through a software service like Skype, practice is what is going to give you the highest chance at success. Taking a moment or two to review is never a bad idea!
Partner with a recruiter
What is possibly your best option involves bringing in a professional. If you are looking to make a change in your career, a recruiter is who you need to talk to. Chances are, JSG has recruiters that specialize in the industry you belong to. With their networking and expertise, doors you never knew existed will be opened.
If you’re not quite ready to commit to finding a new career, but want to stay up to date on possible opportunities, you need to communicate that! With the LinkedIn tips above, we give you the tools to design a profile that advertises your strengths and skills. Recruiters will look at these profile components when searching to find adequate candidates for a job. By selecting the option that reads, “Let recruiters know you’re open,” under, “Career Interests,” you do just that. This is essentially a green light that tells recruiters you want to be contacted!