What’s Most Important in Your Job Search?
With so many changes happening in the job market, where should you focus
➔ There is so much talk about what’s different in today’s job market and how looking for a job in 2022 is vastly different from when most older job seekers sought employment that it’s difficult to parse it all out. And understandably so.
It makes one that much more frustrated when you’re trying to figure out where to start and how to proceed.
Where to begin?
There is so much different today. Even 20 years ago there was no LinkedIn and now recruiters rely on LinkedIn probably more than any other too. From the perspective of the job seeker, there is ever-dreaded ATS (automated tracking system) and, more important, how to circumvent its heartless algorithms. Then there are the seemingly endless lineup of jobs boards online as well as the job-search assistance found at various online sites such as traditional sources like Forbes, or newcomers like asktheheadhunter.com, evilHRlady.com, ivyexec.com, etc. (And dare we include Nifty50s?)
What you need to do is: stop. Clear your head. And take a good look around.
Some of the best advice that we’ve heard lately is today’s job seeker needs to remain flexible and adapt to changes as they are encountered, and keep your expectations for employment realistic. Continue to learn about your chosen field and your industry. If need be, determine how your strengths can be utilized elsewhere if it becomes necessary to change careers.
Perhaps the best advice we’ve heard (and heard again) is stay active and connected in your professional networks. Contribute where you can, learn where you must and never ignore an opportunity to assist a fellow job seeker.
If it sounds like a lot, maybe it is. But if you keep your eye on the ball, maintain your perspective, and pay attention to everyone and everything around you, you will survive.