This year holds a lot of opportunity for job seekers. Because most industries are experiencing a significant talent shortage, employers are pulling out every trick in their arsenal to acquire top talent.
So, how can you make the most of this opportunity and ensure that you are the top candidate hiring managers are looking to bring on board.
Gain Industry Knowledge
To become a top talent in your industry, it’s important to be able to keep up with industry insights. Follow relevant newsletters and publications to stay on top of trends and key happenings in your sector. Ensure that you can comfortably discuss these in a future interview. You never know when you’ll be asked about these topics, and it’ll impress your interviewer.
Highlight the Right Skills
It’s always important to make sure that the correct skills are both included and framed properly on your resume and cover letter, as well as in your interviews. Knowing what’s trending in your industry will help you identify which skills are most important to highlight, but also make sure that you include soft skills, as well. These are extremely key in the job market right now.
Once you identify what is needed, target your skills gaps and fill them through upskilling.
Many people have developed strong feelings around remote working, flexible working, and commuting to the office over the last couple of years. Most job seekers are going into the hiring processes with this in mind. As a result, if an applicant is willing to compromise on how many days are spent at home vs. in the office, they may be able to negotiate a higher salary. Know what your compromise points are, as negotiation can take a job seeker far right now. Even so, ensure you are realistic and don’t push your luck, or else you risk turning a hiring manager off completely.
Expand Your Search
Remote work has opened up many opportunities for job seekers to gain employment hundreds of miles from home. If an organization is open to remote work, they’re often open to applicants who live a couple of states or provinces away. Expand your job search radius to see what possibilities are out there.
Know Your Worth
Many industries are experiencing inflation of salaries. As a result, you may be able to get more than you’re expecting when you change jobs. Know the going rate for your specific job title in the region the position is located. Seek out reliable resources, such as our salary guides, to help you set your expectations around compensation.