Businesses throughout the region are hiring. As reopening efforts spread, more companies are going to need skilled professionals to boost their operations. While this is good news for job seekers, that doesn’t mean securing a new position will be simple. Due to widespread unemployment, competition for many jobs will be fierce.
Luckily, there are things you can do to separate yourself from the crowd of applicants. If you want to make sure you bring your A-game to your job hunt, here’s what you need to do.
Revamp Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile
If you haven’t updated your resume or LinkedIn profile recently, now is the time to do it. Not only will it give you a chance to add details about recent accomplishments and update your skills list, but it also serves as an opportunity to make adjustments based on current trends.
For example, if your resume still features an objective statement, switch that section to a professional summary instead. Consider following that segment with a brief skills section, and then launch into your work history.
When you discuss your professional experience, don’t talk about your duties. Instead, be achievement-oriented, and make sure you quantify the details for an added punch.
Launch Your Search Immediately
Once your resume and LinkedIn profile are in good starting shape, launch your job search right away. If you delay, you may miss out on opportunities. Plus, it’s possible that, for the next few weeks at least, the amount of competition will grow, not shrink.
Make finding a position your new job. Dedicate yourself to searching regularly and using a variety of resources. Along with frequent manual searches, take a moment to sign up for job alerts. That way, when a role matching your criteria begins accepting applications, you can apply right away.
Additionally, reach out to a staffing firm. Recruiters can be powerful allies when you need to land a new opportunity. Plus, they are well connected in the community and may be the sole hiring source for leading companies in the area.
Maintaining contact with employers can make a big difference when the landscape is competitive. While you don’t want to be bothersome, staying in touch can work in your favor.
For example, sending a thank you note after an interview leaves a positive impression, and could help you stand out from other applicants who skip that step. If you submit an application and haven’t heard back, touching base could be a wise choice if the timing is right. Just make sure that you wait at least one week after the position closes. If there isn’t a closing date, then checking in a week after you submit your resume is usually safe.
Whenever a company reaches out to you, respond quickly. You don’t want to leave emails or voicemails unanswered, as even a single day could make a difference. Check your messages often, ensuring you can return contact as quickly as possible.
By following the tips above, you can bring your A-game during a job hunt. If you’d like to learn more about how you can land a new role quickly and efficiently, the team at GSG Talent Solutions can help. View our open jobs or contact us to speak with one of our recruiters today and see how our services can benefit you.