Listening to a video on LinkedIn the other day, it was predicted that there would be “great resignation” in March 2022, however, the Australian presenter stated that we won’t see it happen as much in Australia. Some interesting statistics he did mention:
- Australia’s staff turnover has doubled over the last 12 months; ie. from 10% to 21%.
- Job advertisements have increased by 50% since pre-covid.
- Number of job advertisements on Seek in November 2021 was 300,000+.
Following those statistics, this is a great time to be looking for a job and it is also proof that it’s currently an ever-changing job market. However, you need to adopt the following job search tips, to improve your chances of “landing your dream job”:
- Extending your Job Search
Did you know there is a hidden job market, which includes more than scrolling through Seek and online job boards? One of the most important search tips is networking, both online and offline.
Firstly, consider your current network and connect with people who you know (including past employers, colleagues and other connections) to let them know you are seeking new employment opportunities. Secondly, expand your existing network – LinkedIn is a great online tool for this (ECM Consulting LinkedIn).
As part of your job search, don’t forget to check out the company’s websites and LinkedIn pages for additional information and other employment vacancies.
- Personal Branding
“Your Personal Brand is what differentiates you from others”.
This is a great time to define and build your Personal Brand – to identify and build your strengths, values, passions and achievements; and to promote your differences in your job application documents and LinkedIn Profile. Check out my self-paced online 4 module Personal Branding Program – to assist you with defining and improving your online/offline personal brand to consistently reinforce who you are in your career.
How a Personal Branding Helps Job Seekers?
A recruiter or hiring manager will likely search for a job seeker’s online presence at some point during the hiring process by conducting a Google search. Job seekers can benefit from having a professional and identifiable brand when they do their search. “No matter what position you are in, it’s a great time to set yourself apart from other applicants” stated Kanika Tolver, CEO and author of Career Rehab. She also suggested that job seekers should write articles and papers about their industries and expertise – LinkedIn is a great platform for this.
Flexibility and adaptability in employees are soft skills that will be looked upon favourably by employers, now more than ever. It shows that you embrace change and can easily adapt to what is required within the workplace.
- Virtual Job Interviews
Across the current job market, virtual interviews have become the new norm, so it is crucial that you learn how to ace selling your skills, experience and suitability through an online platform; ie. treating the virtual interview, the same as face to face interviews (including arriving on time, being appropriately dressed and groomed in line with the culture of the company, maintaining eye contact, being courteous and respectful, and speaking clearly). Make sure you set up your computer in a room with a neutral backdrop, sufficient lighting, minimal background noise and a reliable internet connection.
Book now for 1:1 interview coaching session – to improve your interviewing skills.
- Working Remotely
As the saying goes, “the world is your oyster”. With the increase of jobs and working remotely now more widely accepted, it is definitely a great time to broaden your job search outside of your local area. Many companies have opened working from home arrangements for employees with perks included.
Get in touch with ECM Consulting HERE – to help you be job-ready for the career you deserve.