The pandemic has changed the employment landscape in a number of different ways. Remote work has become much more widespread. Companies are struggling to find the talent they need. Workers have become more concerned about work-life balance and mental health and well-being.
Because of the greater reliance on virtual arrangements, and shifting priorities among companies and workers, job search strategies are evolving as well.
Here are a few ways of improving a job search in 2022.
1.Using your name
These days, one of the first steps a prospective employer will take is doing a search for you online. So, you need to make sure your name is easily identifiable online. It should be the same across all platforms – on a website, Facebook, or LinkedIn, for example.
If it is a common name, consider including your middle name as well.
Because of the pandemic, employers have come to see the importance of resiliency and adaptability and are looking for these qualities in the people they hire.
Develop some stories or examples of how you were able to adapt and cope with the disruptions that occurred during the pandemic. Employers will be interested to know how people handled this situation to get some idea of how well they can navigate changing circumstances.
3. Soft skills
These have become increasingly important for employers. Soft skills describe abilities such as communication skills, problem solving skills, leadership skills, the ability to work collaboratively, empathy, critical thinking skills.
You need to show employers that you have these skills and be able to give examples of how you have used them in previous jobs.
4. Career development
Good companies offer their employees opportunities for career development. But they are also looking for people who take the initiative to enhance their knowledge and skills on their own. There are many different ways to do this – by instruction online or in the classroom, joining professional organizations and discussion groups online or volunteering.
5. Routine follow up
This is something many people neglect in their job searches. When you meet people, get their contact information and follow up with them. Stay in touch because the relationship may turn out to be helpful in the future.
5. Getting feedback
People want feedback from supervisors or mentors. But useful feedback can come from anywhere and almost anyone. Seek out feedback from everyone.
6. Digging deeper
Job seekers know they need to research the companies they are applying to. But to really gain genuine insight into a business, you should try to talk to the employees as well. With social media, this is easier than ever to do.
You can check out LinkedIn or Facebook, for example, to connect with people who work at the company.
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