Searching for a new job can be a full-time gig or it can be a part-time side-hustle, depending on your current situation. According to a new survey by CareerBuilder, 76 percent of full-time, employed workers are either actively looking for a job or are open to new opportunities. With so many people participating in the application process, it’s important to make yourself stand out in the crowd. Here are seven tips to give you a leg up on the competition.
1) Be patient.
On average, it takes an applicant at least two months to score a new job — from submitting the first application to accepting the final offer. The length of time it takes to receive an offer can vary based on location, occupation, time of year, etc., so patience is key when it comes to the application process.
2) Don’t give up.
According to the study, 54 percent of recruiters re-engage with past resumés and candidates, so even if you don’t get the initial position you applied for, all is not lost. If you are especially interested in working for a particular company, create job alerts through the company’s talent network. Applying for multiple, relevant jobs with a company helps to showcase your desire to work with them.
3) It’s more than just a resumé.
We all know how important it is to perfect your resumé. However, 53 percent of employers say that a stellar resumé isn’t the only thing you should be sending. In addition to a well-crafted resumé, including a professional portfolio and links to polished social media accounts are all good ways to help a recruiter get a better understanding of who you are and why you’d be a good fit with the company.
4) Highlight your soft skills.
While your technical and hard skills can be vitally important to your ability to succeed at your job, 63 percent of employers are trying to determine a candidate’s soft skills as one of their top priorities. Make sure your resumé and supplemental material highlight your less tangible, more personal skills, too.
5) Put in the work.
According to the survey, job seekers are spending an average of 11 hours per week searching and applying for jobs. Make sure you’re putting in the appropriate manpower or you might get left in the dust.
6) Be open.
It’s important to keep an open mind throughout the job search. Thirty-six percent of employees don’t work in a field for which they went to school. While a total career shift might be a little scary, it might just be the perfect switch for you to maximize your potential.
7) Don’t be afraid to ask for more.
A whopping 66 percent of employers say that they plan to offer higher starting salaries to new employees this year. Make sure that you keep this in mind as you begin your salary negotiation process.
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