In the United States, unemployment rates are at their lowest point since 1969. The 3.9% unemployment rate we see today is much lower than the almost 25% we saw at the beginning of the Great Depression, and nearly a third of the 10.2% unemployment reached in 1982. Why is this? Because the U.S. doesn’t have enough workers to fill available jobs!
Given this situation, it seems like a waste of a labor shortage to be without a job, especially if you need and want one. But how can you find an opportunity for yourself? We’ll give you the basics of looking for a job, so that you can fill one of the available roles in this unique labor pool. It’s a job-hunter’s market. Don’t let this moment pass!
- Craft and Awesome Resume – A resume will almost always be the first thing a potential employer learns about you. Resumes have to be concise and effective, because this is the first opportunity for you to stand out from the pack. It pays to have a professional take a crack at your resume, because they will know what employers are looking for and how to make your resume unique and noticeable.
- Seek Out Recruiters and Job Recruitment Boards – Jobs are advertised in various ways. If you look around online, you’ll find numerous job boards posting available positions in all kinds of industries. Now that you have a high quality resume, you’ll be able to quickly apply to any post of interest. If you’re just not seeing jobs that look good to you, talk to a recruiter. Professional recruiters make it their business to know where jobs are available, and they know how to connect you to them. It may be a bit of investment to work with a recruiting professional, but it can pay off if you quickly find a great job.
- Directly Contact Companies You Wish to Work For – Take the time to find businesses that inspire you. If you can find a company you genuinely wish to work for, take the time to contact their hiring department directly. If you have relevant work experience and display authentic interest in the position, they might just be willing to talk with you. Even if a job is not advertised, a company may wish to bring you on simply because you want to work with them so badly. Passionate and talented people are in short supply, especially in today’s market, so displaying yourself as such can turn you into a hot commodity.
- Make Job Hunting Part of Your Daily Routine – Once you have your basic tools in hand (a polished resume, relevant job boards, recruiters on dial), make sure that you’re pushing hard for a new job every single day. Check your sources often. If you end up being the first person to respond to a new job listing, you’ll likely get better attention than if you’re the fiftieth. Keep at this effort for a few days, and even in this short amount of time you will likely hear back from at least one potential employer.
- Research the Company Before the Interview – It’s important that you know something about the company to which you apply, before sitting for an interview. Be able to talk in an educated fashion about the work they do, so they know that you’re not wasting their time.
- Follow Up After Interviews – Send an email or text to thank your interviewer for spending time with you. Don’t be afraid to follow up in the days after, because not every job will contact you.
Getting a job is never effortless, but it’s easier today than it has been at any other point in the past generation. There are many jobs available today for which there are no immediate fits. Even if you feel nervous or confident about your job qualifications, simply by putting yourself out there, you may be closer to a job than you think.