COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the job market. Many have lost their jobs and some may still. Others have taken ‘iso time’ to ponder what they really want from work, even deciding to look for something new.
With job competition so tough, how can you stand out in the crowd?
Here are 6 practical actions to take …
Action 1—get your resume in top shape
Many jobseekers rely on an old version of their resume to look for work. They may add in their latest role, but not critically examine or modernise their resume so it’s the best it can be. You should tailor your resume to every position you apply for. This is key given that most employers only scan resumes for a few seconds before rejecting them or putting them in the possibility basket.
Our recruiters know that writing your own resume can be a hard slog. That’s why we’re on hand to help. Also, check out our FREE:
resume template which helps present your resume professionally and formulate content
Consider making a short video on your phone to send with your resume, to help get a faster response.
While it might be tempting in this particularly tight COVID-19 job market, never fudge your resume. Here’s why.
Action 2—stand out on LinkedIn
A strong LinkedIn profile is essential. If you don’t have on, set one up asap. If you have one, update and strengthen it, highlighting strengths and accomplishments, not just tasks. Again, speaking to a recruiter can help. Here are some tips:
include a photo showing you in a professional light—no selfie casual shots
identify key words to incorporate—strong and dynamic action words
share metrics and results—general statements will go unnoticed but stats on accomplishments will stand out
update with a statement that you’re looking for your next opportunity, to help people find you.
Action 3—clean up your social media profile
Do employers and recruiters look at jobseeker online profiles? They do.
How you look and act online says bucket loads about how you could operate in a workplace. It can sway an employer toward you or against you, without you even knowing it, so take time to cleanse your digital footprint.
These days, many jobs are filled so quickly they’re not even advertised. At face2face, we post all new jobs on our website and send everyone who has subscribed to out ‘latest jobs’ a free notification as new positions roll in. We currently have jobs in business support and ICT, from CEO level down.
This is a free service. It takes two minutes to sign up and you can unsubscribe when you’re no longer in the market. Let’s face it, if you’re not in the loop, you’re not in the loop.
Action 5—sign up with a recruiter
Great recruiters have great ideas about how to get you a dream job. They’ll uncover your story and help:
sharpen your resume
coach on interview techniques
help you think laterally about job possibilities.
We’ll get you ‘market ready’ for when jobs pop up.
These expert articles will help you understand why to use a recruiter and which type to select:
Whether it’s your first job, a new job, a career change, a promotion or re-entering the workforce after a break, we’re here. face2face will help you create a winning resume, boost your interview skills, and support you to find your perfect position.