10 Tips for Job Seekers in the Current Volatile Market

We all are aware how volatile the current scenario is in terms of our economy, business, our well being and thus this extends to our jobs as well.

Nothing seems like the way it used to be before but still we are somehow adjusting ourselves to this new “normal”.

With the new work from home environment, the rules are different now and work culture has changed.

Everybody is uncertain of their position at work. Businesses are adopting protectionist moves by freezing budgets and hiring.

If you are someone looking for a job in this market, let me tell you it is very much possible with the following tips:

1. Put Search friendly Keywords in CV:

Research the “most used keywords” in the job or industry you are applying to. By this I mean, the keywords that recruiters use to search for profiles in the area you are applying to – It can be the tools, in demand software , Programming languages, Processes used, soft skills, Famous Institutes etc.

Your first contact with your future recruiter is your CV. And HR normally look for keywords in CV in order to short list it.

For Example: An Investment Banker looking for jobs in same arena should put keywords like Bloomberg (software), DCF (process), articulate spoken skills etc.

2. Ask relevant professional in the concerned industry for keywords:

Now this is related to Tip 1. Many times we are trying to find jobs or gigs in industry we have not yet ventured into but want to set our foot in.

In that case ask the ones already there about what processes they use, what skills are required for their job, What tools are used etc. if you network well you will find many helping hands. They might even refer you for a job!

3. Network:

I cannot stress enough on the power of networking!  Continuing from Tip 2, you can only find the right people to help you, mentor you, refer you when you network in the right circles.

Be active on networking portals like linkedIn, Instagram, Facebook depending on your industry and showcase your skills by asking thoughtful questions that make you sound knowledgable. Get in touch with your College Alumni, past colleagues, ex-managers even so that they can help you out to get your CV recognised faster and propel you to the interview table.

Similarly help others like you whom you can help out. Kindness always attracts kindness. Share your growth and learning every day on the portals so that people are aware how you are polishing yourself.

4. Courses & Certifications:

Keeping yourself updated with relevant courses and certifications will always add value to your Resume and candidature. It not only gives you an edge over your peers but also prepares you well for your upcoming interviews. You may check out the offers here that are relevant to your interests and experience.

5. Communication to HR:

If you applying on Professional Social Media Portal such as LinkedIn then it is advisable to send a polite message to the concerned HR contact (if available) as an In-mail of a brief description of your experience or qualification in relation to the position that you are applying to. This will increase the chances of your profile getting noticed better.

Also prepare a list of all the companies that you wish you to apply to, and drop your CV on the “careers” email address provided on the respective company’s website. Be specific with the subject line and the role that you wish to apply to along with a brief cover letter and CV attached.

It is advisable to send these cold emails in the first three days of the work week in order to gain traction.

6. Format your CV:

It is statistically proven that if your CV looks professional and attractive the chances of getting a call for interview increases by 30%. Prepare your CV using already built templates on sites such as NovoResume, Canva etc. They are absolutely free and extremely user friendly.

It is recommended to add URLs of any GitHub profile you have, blog websites, Kaggle for Data scientists, Medium Profile, Research papers etc that gives you a competitive edge.

7. Back to Basics:

If your work experience is under 7 years in the same industry, chances are you might get preliminary tests such as aptitude tests, basic coding assignments, guesstimates, English language test etc.

Make a schedule to brush up these basic skills that is relevant to your desired role as they properly your chances of getting selected immediately. These are imperative especially in the current times, where in-person interview is not possible and the number of tests and stages of interviews have increased than ever.

8. Excel Tracker:

Or any tracker for that matter. The intention is to have an organised list of all the companies applied to with their positions ,HR contacts, status, date of application respectively.

This helps you to analyse your progress with job applications and follow up if that is required.

9. Ask for feedback:

Now this is after you start appearing for interviews. After every interview ask what are the recruiter’s expectations of the position that you are vying for and how aligned are you to it according to the interviewer. I know this can be a bit risky to ask, so I totally recommend your judgement on how comfortable you feel with the interviewer during or after the interview session.

In my personal experience, it has worked really well for me sometimes and I knew before hand that I had bagged the opportunity already.

10. Stay Positive you still shine bright!

I know people say looking for a job is a job and that cannot be more profound when you are in that position yourself. Try creating a schedule for yourself in the day say maybe 2-3 hours when you only apply to jobs and network online and try sticking to the schedule as much as possible. To not sound cliche here but from a fellow job seeker and hustler, eating healthy, exercising and believing in the process are going to be your strongest pillars in this time.

Follow these tips and let me know how your job search is faring or how can I help you more!

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