I often come across claims that “everything has changed” when it comes to looking for a new job. Those claims suggest that not knowing the secrets behind what has changed might be holding you back in your job search.
The reality is that there is a lot about finding a job that has not changed much.
Let’s look at what is the same.
- You still need a resume demonstrating your skills for the job you want.
- You will still need to participate in interviews, often more than one.
- Networking Still Plays a Vital Role in getting recommendations and finding unadvertised jobs.
- Most importantly, you still need to know what you want from your next job, and what you can offer the company.
So what is this secret “everything” that has changed?
- The first thing that reads your resume is usually a computer. So that means you need to handle your resume differently. Highlight your best skills and accomplishments first, and then go back and make sure you use the keywords that match the job description you are applying for.
- Corporate budgets are tight, and it costs a company money to post on traditional job boards like Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and others. Companies don’t post all their job openings on these popular job boards to save money. They will list job opportunities on their websites, allowing you to discover hidden gems they might not be paying to post elsewhere.
- LinkedIn profiles are more important. Once you pass the initial screening, recruiters often refer to LinkedIn for more information about applicants. Take some time to ensure your profile is complete, highlights accomplishments, and aligns with your resume to make a positive impression on potential employers.
These are the three simple things that have changed when it comes to the job market. The fundamental elements of job searching remain largely the same.
The good news is that with the right knowledge, making the necessary changes to your resume, creating a LinkedIn profile, and knowing where to look for your dream job can be easier than many will imply.
I would love to help you discover how easy it can be, so I invite you to schedule a career consultation with me so we can talk about where you might be struggling.
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