How do people find jobs currently?
Hi! I'm looking to enter IT.
I know that people discuss the job market is tough. At the same time, I didn't realize how many roles are out in the world now.
How do people find jobs currently - when there's many jobs yet there's tough/competitiveness? Can numerous jobs + job competition coexist?
First, it's important to have a clear understanding of your skills, experience, and career goals. This will help you to target your job search and identify opportunities that are a good fit for you. You can use online job boards, company websites, and professional networking sites like LinkedIn to search for job openings and connect with potential employers.
Second, never underestimate the value of networking and building relationships. At some companies/organizations, employee referrals may be given preferential treatment over other applicants. Along that same line, people making connections with their personal networks can do some of the search work for you.
In addition, it's important to tailor your resume and cover letter to each job you apply for, highlighting your relevant skills and experience. You should also be prepared to interview well, researching the company and preparing thoughtful responses to common interview questions.
Finally, it's important to be persistent and patient. The job search process can take time, and you may face rejection along the way. But if you stay focused and keep working at it, you will eventually find the right opportunity.
Colleges and universities are working hard to equip their students to face such challenges. Your school will develop innovative strategies and solutions to help you become more competitive in these trying times. Keep your spirits high, and you'll become a well-informed decision-maker as you research how to succeed in difficult situations. The best way to overcome tough times is to be prepared in every way possible.
Uncertainty is a natural part of life, and we must all learn to adapt. The pandemic has shown us that remote work is possible, allowing people to work from home. Make the most of your talents, skills, and abilities to navigate these uncertain times and come out stronger.
Dino recommends the following next steps:
The top places to discover software/IT job opportunities include LinkedIn and various job boards such as Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Monster. Additionally, numerous local job boards exist in each country.
To boost your chances of landing an interview, consider obtaining a referral. A friend or family member employed in a software/IT company may be the perfect person to recommend you for a position within their organization. Many recruiters and hiring managers prioritize referrals, as they trust that individuals with similar work ethics and values tend to be friends. This preference for referrals doesn't mean that you can't secure a job by applying through job boards.
Stay optimistic, craft a solid resume highlighting your exceptional skills, and continue expanding your network.
Another option is to register on HR websites and create an account to access available positions.
Although you may hear that the job market is challenging, your success depends on your determination and continuous preparation. Keep in mind that good fortune occurs when opportunity meets readiness.
Best of luck! :-)
This is a very interesting and thought provoking question you've asked. The job market is not only competitive today, it has always been competitive. With developments in technology methods and readily available information about openings and trends popularizing remote work, the competitiveness has increased today.
One of your questions is about how to go about finding employment at this point in time. I would first like to answer that by comparing methods you can use. Methods from old-school and methods that are currently used today. My advice about this is to use both.
In days gone by, the way you looked for work was to buy your local newspaper and look through the employment classified section. That is how a lot if not most people did it. These notices would have a request to send a resume and a cover letter. This process required a box of envelopes and much postage as you would mail your resume to the company's street address or P.O. Box provided in the ad. Another old school way was to have a resume and cover letter and visit the companies in person, fill out a paper application and hand in all the required materials right there and then. Some companies took applications to hold for when there was an opening and this worked successfully sometimes.
Today it is quicker. All one has to do is to go on the Indeed or Linked in websites (or other employment sites), search for the field of work and location you want to work in and you will come across potential job opportunities. Although it is easier this way, the down side is that many, many people are also applying for the same job and resumes are discarded based on how you answer the company's main questions. Also, today the CV (Curriculum Vitae) is used but both the CV and resume are acceptable. A CV is more concise, shorter than a resume. I have obtain my last four positions using a CV. My advice is to have both a resume and a CV, however, and send whichever one you think is best for which job. I also obtained one of those positions by using the old school method where I applied on line but also mailed my resume. Even if an employer receives your on line application, there is something about holding a hard copy of it that I think makes them remember you and keep it close on hand. But that was just my one experience doing that.
So than it brings me to mention that people obtain work today by having the materials I've previously mentioned, plus there are some jobs that require photos, portfolios, video introductions or other things. You also need to have sharp interviewing skills. Practice interviewing, work up to being able to feel comfortable, thinking quickly about questions the interviewer may ask, and be cordial during the interview. You will have limited time to make a first impression. You can also visit your local Department of Labor (Unemployment Office) to see if they have any jobs on their bulletin boards. They also have websites, too. Never forget that word of mouth still exists today and is also a wonderful way to obtain work. Inquire about job openings from friends and relatives.
No matter which method you use, apply to as many opportunities as possible. Something will come about. Since the job market has always been competitive - that is the nature of it - that shouldn't hold you back from applying for as many jobs as you qualify for. Do not give up because you deserve a good job and I know you are headed in the right direction ! Best wishes with your job search !