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How to Take Advantage of the Rise in Job Openings

September 26, 2022

How to Take Advantage of the Rise in Job Openings

If you're stuck in a job you don't enjoy or you want to make a career change, now is the time to take advantage. Businesses partner with GYDE to hire marketing and design professionals who are true experts in their craft. It’s a great way to connect qualified workers to great opportunities. We go even further with job hunting tips to help you narrow down your search, optimize your online presence, and interview with confidence.

7 Top Job Hunting Tips

Workers have more choice (and more power) when it comes to exploring opportunities in the new job market created by the pandemic and The Great Resignation. The number of new job openings continues to rise as companies work to shift priorities and resources to keep up with evolving employee expectations and market demands.

The current market gives job seekers more say than ever before in determining the future of their careers. Even though many opportunities exist in today’s market, competition among job seekers remains high. So, it's important to have a plan before you start sending out your resume.

1.  Define Your Personal and Professional Goals

One of the reasons the job market is so hot right now is that workers are reexamining what they're looking for in a job and an employer. Before you put yourself on the market, take time to clearly define what's important to you. Know what you’re passionate about and what you want to achieve inside and outside of your career.

Research companies you're interested in to make sure their core values align with your own. Learning upfront that a company's culture won't be the right fit for you will save a lot of time and effort. Having clarity about your goals and core values will help streamline your search so you connect with the right opportunities faster.

2.  Revisit Your Resume

Everyone who has ever been on the hunt for a new job knows the importance of a good resume—it's the first impression potential employers get of you.

However, the way resumes are processed and reviewed has changed significantly. Recruiters and HR professionals now use algorithms and applicant tracking systems (ATSs) to identify qualified applicants by scanning resumes for keywords. Tailoring your resume to each position you apply for will help land an interview.

Use language from the job description of the position you're applying for and Google keywords related to your industry and skillset as a guide to optimize your resume. After you've made adjustments, use a free ATS resume checker to get detailed feedback to help improve your chances of getting an initial interview. The experts at GYDE can also help you fine-tune your resume so you get more callbacks. Keep an eye out for our resume support resources going live soon!

3.  Harness the Power of LinkedIn

If you aren't already using LinkedIn to search for jobs and network professionally, take some time to create a profile. Your resume tells potential employers about your skills and experience, but LinkedIn gives you a place to shine and showcase your credibility.

Complete skill assessments and request professional endorsements to fill your profile with content that highlights your strengths. This lets potential employers know the depth of your experience.

Invest the time to beef up your presence on the platform. Recruiters across almost all industries use LinkedIn to fill open positions. Job opportunities will start coming to you instead of you having to seek them out.

4.  Discover Opportunities Through Job Boards

Job boards are a great resource for connecting with companies looking to hire for part-time, full-time, and contract positions. Businesses partner with GYDE to find marketing and design professionals who are true experts in their field.

GYDE exposes members to lucrative opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere. If you're a true freelance professional, you can be featured in our freelance directory where you can upload examples of your work, client testimonials, and links to your social media or personal website. Businesses get a holistic view of you and your skills, and you don't have to worry about algorithms or keywords.

In addition to helping members identify new career opportunities, GYDE provides resources for professional development, so you can be ready for any opportunity that comes your way. Stay on top of what's going on in your field with our exclusive member content and gain insight by participating in unique events led by industry experts.

5.  Explore Your Network

You're more likely to land an interview if referred to a job by somebody already working at a company. Ask your friends, family, and professional connections if they know about any openings where they work that may align with your skills and goals.

Former coworkers and supervisors are great resources for referrals. They can attest to your professional skills and strengths. Companies value employee referrals because these candidates tend to be of higher quality, are more likely to accept an offer, and usually perform better in their new roles.

6.  Polish Your Interview Skills

Remember the time you took to research companies you'd want to work for? Leverage this information to go into your interview. You’ll feel ready to talk about how your goals align with the company's goals and why you're a great fit.

Review the job description so you're ready to discuss how your previous experiences line up with the responsibilities of the position. Interviewers will appreciate your familiarity with their company and your understanding of what will be expected of you.

You can't always know what to expect from an interview, but these basic steps will improve your chances of making a good impression.

7.  Negotiate For What You Want

With so many opportunities out there, you don't have to accept the first offer you receive or settle for employment terms that don't align with your goals and values. Because it's a job seeker’s market, companies are having trouble hiring and retaining employees. That makes it the perfect time to negotiate.

Salary, paid time off, and benefits are just a few of the things you can bring up for negotiations with a potential employer. You have more power in the current market to ask for what you want. Just remember to be realistic about your expectations.

To take full advantage of today's hot job market, remember to have a firm grasp on your personal and professional goals. Create an online presence where recruiters and employers can see exactly what you bring to the table.

If you're not sure where to begin, asking around your personal and professional networks is a great way to kick off your job search, and these leads will often result in job offers. Remember that you have more choice and more power to get what you want in the current job market!

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