Job Hunting in 2021
What can we say about 2020? It’s certainly been a crazy year! (And that may be an understatement.) It probably seems that every day this year, something new was thrown at you. You probably experienced changes at home, changes with your kids, and changes with your job – just to name a few things.
If 2020 has brought changes to your career, you may be on the hunt for a new job. And if you’re looking to hit the ground running for your job search in 2021, then now is the time to get started! There’s no time like the present to get things underway – and here are a few tips to help make your job hunt successful.
- Start Your Search Now: You may think that due to the holidays, businesses aren’t’ hiring right now, but that’s not the case. You need to get started today! Not sure where you should be looking? Here’s a link to 25 job search websites that can be of help. And, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family about jobs they might know about it. Sometimes it’s that personal connection that makes all of the difference.
- Gather Resources to Help You: A great cover letter and resume will go a long way to helping you land a job, but seek out additional resources, too. Forbes has put together a list of 13 books that can help you, and Book Authority has a list of 14 books you might like. (And if you don’t want to purchase these books, check with your local library to see what they have available or suggest one or two of your favorites to them and see if they will purchase them.) Additionally, scan the internet for tips and tricks on cover letters and resumes that will get you noticed.
- Know That It’s a Process: Job hunting is a process for you and the business doing the hiring. While you may submit your cover letter and resume and hope for a quick response, it could take a while just to get an initial interview. And once you get that interview, be sure you ask what the process is for filling the position. This will give you a better idea of the timeframe.
- Keep a Record of Who You Contacted: Are you blasting out as many resumes as possible? Fantastic! But be sure to keep a record of who you’ve contacted, the position you’ve applied for, and the date(s) you submitted your resume. This will allow you to have better follow-up conversations.
- Keep Your Resume Specialized But Adaptable: You probably have a basic resume put together, but make sure you are specializing it for the positions you are applying for. And, while it should be specialized, you also want to show you are adaptable and able to use your skills for many things. After all, a company may have several positions available (some that may not even be publicly listed) that you might be a fit for!
- Follow Up Often: Don’t be afraid to follow up with the various companies that have your resume. You can call or send an email and see where they are in the process. It goes a long way to show that you are interested in the open position.
- Check With Recruiting Agencies: You may not have used a recruiting agency in the past, but now may be the time to check them out. Most are specialized in certain fields – so see if there is one that can assist you.
- Network: Continue to network! Talk with anyone and everyone about the direction you’d like to see your career go in. You never know who can assist you!
- Stay Motivated and Be Patient: You know already that job hunting is a process – so stay motivated and be patient. Persistence will pay off!
It may not be quite 2021, but it’s coming – and quick! If you want a new job in the new year – get started today – and try some of these tips to make your search successful!