The United States employment market is on the upswing, years after its economy plummeted in 2008. Because of this, it is the prime opportunity to seek new career opportunities in 2015. According to the Right Management survey, 86 percent of employees in North America will be looking for a new job this year.
January is dubbed the Cyber Monday for job-seeking. Here are four strategies to help you stand out to your prospective bosses according to TIME:
Find Insiders: Many jobs send job postings internally to their staff. Therefore, you should reach out to people who work at the company you are interested in working at. By networking, you will be able to know what the company culture is like and general profile of an average employee.
Become Well Known: Some people get hired because they made themselves known in the industry they were seeking open positions in. TIME states if you attend events or conferences, you should network and ask questions. Also your online presence should reflect content that represents the type of job you like.
Utilize Temp Positions: If you cannot find full-time work, apply to part-time or temporary positions. Despite the lower-pay or expiration date on your employment, you will be able to gain new skills and make connections with people who can help further your career. CareerBuilder claims, 46 percent of employees hired temp/part-time employees onto their full-time staff.
Be Flexible: If you are sent a job posting that does not interest you, you should still inquire about the skills needed for the position to make yourself look like a well-rounded candidate. Also, sometimes candidates land in their dream career by applying to positions that didn’t interest them automatically.
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