It’s the beginning of a new year. The pandemic is still at an all-time-high but Hiring Managers have just received their new hiring budgets which, you know what that means? If you don’t know it already, January and February are an excellent time to send in that job application and get hired. In fact, it is probably the best time to get hired in 2021 or frankly, in any year. People just got back from their holiday, the first week might be a bit slow but once things pick up in the second week, it’s game time.
This is the time that you can get a “Yes” much faster. Hence, to help you prepare and stand a chance to beat the competition in 2021, we’ve compiled all that you need to do to get hired this year.
1. Figure Out What You’re Looking For
The key to a successful job search is to begin by knowing exactly what you’re looking for. One mistake that people tend to do is applying to every single job vacancy they see without even reading thoroughly what the requirements are. This may lead to young graduates who have less than 2 years of experience to apply for senior or manager roles without knowing.
Figure out what you really want to do. You may want a job in marketing but which side are you aiming for? You may want to work on the advertising end or maybe you want to do market research? These are what you need to narrow down in order to ensure your job searching goes efficiently.
2. Dust Off Your CV and LinkedIn Profile
It’s the year 2021. Most job seekers think that their CV only needs a complete summary of their work experience and skills. However, that’s not always the case. To adapt to the current times, always do your research and keep updating your CV to cater for each specific job. Rather than listing every job you’ve had, highlight specific positions, tasks or skills that will show prospective employers that you are the best fit for the roles you’re applying for.
In addition, don’t forget to take advantage of LinkedIn. Many employers are extremely active on LinkedIn and that is where you can showcase your extra skills, any volunteer work, online courses you’ve taken or your side hustles. This will not only make you stand out against other candidates but also benefit you by providing the recruiters a way to get to know the person behind that CV.
3. Determine Your Minimum Salary
Talking about salary, one of your main goals should be to earn enough money to cover your living expenses but also, have enough for savings and other long-term goals such as buying a car or a house. Before you begin your job search, do some calculations and see how much your salary needs to be.
However, not every job listing includes salaries but for most employers, they will include a salary range. Regardless, don’t simply aim for any job that pays more. Get a sense of the salary you need and whether the role you’re applying for suit your qualifications and your financial needs. If they are, go for it.
4. Start Applying and Stay on Top of Job Listings
Getting a job is never easy. Whether it be 3 weeks or 6 months, don’t forget to spend a few minutes everyday to check for any new job listings. Bookmark the career pages of companies you’re aiming for and stay updated for any vacancies. Turn on the job alerts on all career websites such as LinkedIn, Job Street, Glassdoor and more.
Once you come across a position that interests you, one trick you can do is to go on LinkedIn and see if you can find the recruiter for that company. The fastest way to get a job is to approach the recruiter on LinkedIn and have your CV send directly to their email. This way, you will be more likely to receive a response immediately.
Be Patient & Stay Positive
At the start of a new year, companies are all ready with their new set of budgets, which often includes to increase the job force and hire new employees. However, keep in mind that a company’s hiring depends on their needs. Hence, don’t feel discouraged if your dream company hasn’t posted any job vacancies.
Instead, have a positive attitude on life. Motivate yourself by reading books, list down your goals and stay productive. The right company will come to you at the right time and whether that is your dream employer or not, keep in mind that your goal is to keep learning and to gain valuable experience. You never what 2021 has in store for you so don’t go into it with a defeated mindset.