It’s been a crazy year in the job market for 2023. You would go on LinkedIN and see many people with green banners (#OpenToWork) and layoffs all over the news due to budget constraints and other factors. 2024 could be a wildcard depending on what economical conditions we will face. No matter what the situation will look like, Job seekers must keep up the optimism to be successful and let’s look at several strategies that can significantly enhance the chances of success in finding new opportunities in 2024.
1. Don’t “Lag” Behind with Technology
New technologies and the rise of AI has become one of the biggest talking points. Soon, it will be required to learn how to use new tools or job seekers will see themselves falling behind the evolving technologies. Employers across industries are seeking candidates who not only possess traditional skills but also demonstrate a keen understanding of new technology. It is important to highlight any applications and programs you’ve used on your resume, cover letter, LinkedIN, and other online networking platforms.
Having these skills not only make you more versatile in your role but also showcase your adaptability to learn new skills. As companies continue to embrace digital transformation, keeping up with the latest trends in technologies will be a great way to show that.
2. Network, Network, Network!
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Michael Scott. You should always shoot your shot and especially so in 2024 if you’re looking to make a change! It doesn’t hurt to send a connection and reach out to potential companies that you are interested in. Building and maintaining a professional network can open doors to opportunities for you in the future. Even if it doesn’t land you a job, it could provide valuable insights in your interested industries or help you network opportunities with more connections!
Networking platforms like LinkedIN help professionals network with people that are working in companies and industries that you are interested in. Another highly effective and often overlooked method is simply asking your friends and family who they know in their networks! If you haven’t set up a profile or haven’t been active on your account, we’ve got a few tips on leave a lasting impression.
3. Be Proactive in Your Job Search
The more jobs’ applications you send out, the better chances you will get. It is simple math, but you also want to ensure that you apply to those opportunities that are truly a match for you, otherwise, when you never hear back from your applications, that may put doubt in your mind of your value companies see in you and make you question the effort that you put into applying. To make it easier for yourself, create a list to where you are applying to, who you’ve talked to in each company, and create a goal on how many job applications you will send out that day.
4. Prioritize Your Health and Balance Out Your Search
Treat your job search like it’s a job and make sure you’re able to balance your time. It’s crucial to prioritize your mental and physical well-being during the process as there will be Ups and Downs. There are days and weeks you may not get a response, and there will be productive where you may be getting several phones calls and interviews. Keep up the consistent effort!
*BONUS TIPS* REACH OUT TO A TECHNICAL RECRUITING FIRM (EXPAND REACH)
When you work with our team, we will help you expand your network of opportunities and help to ensure that your resume reach the right people at the companies you’re interested in.
We work closely with top employers across Southern Ontario to have a good idea of their hiring plans and the overall hiring landscape for the new year. With our close connection with potential job seekers, we’re able to provide them with insight on the labour market and where to search for talent giving our candidates and our clients the best possible chance to make a match.
Contact us today to speak with one of our Recruitment Specialists and let us help you find new opportunities for the next step in your career!
From everyone here at Expand Reach we want to wish all job seekers and employers alike a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! Let’s make 2024 your year!
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