There’s no denying that the job market is more competitive than ever. The fragile nature of our economy and the increasing number of people with degrees from colleges and universities has led to a narrowing of the number of jobs available, but a massive influx of people searching for jobs. It’s no longer good enough to simply have a good education if you want the career of your dreams. You have to be presenting yourself in increasingly intriguing ways in order to captivate the attention of potential employers.
The key lies in getting a little creative with your job search. You need to be widening the net and your mental horizons in terms of the kind of careers which suit your interests and in which you could truly flourish, but you also need to be selling yourself to companies as if you were the hottest new product on the market. If you’re wondering what more you could possibly be doing to get creative with your job search, then here are some tips which just might change your luck.
Spruce up your application.
Yes, you already know that a CV is vitally important when it comes to applying for jobs. What you may not realise, however, is that employers are, for the most part, fed up of reading them. Seeing endless applications which all showcase the same grades, the same experience and the same sentences about being a “hard-working and passionate person” is enough to drive anyone to boredom. That’s why you need to get a little creative with your job applications to various employers.
You need to personalise the CV depending on the role for which you’re applying. A cover letter doesn’t go amiss, as this provides you the opportunity to give a direct and straightforward message to the employer which explains why you want the job. That’ll likely make much more of an impact than the CV itself. Of course, there are also resume writers out there who could help you if you needed an external perspective or slight tidy-up of your end product. The point is that you need to be thinking outside the box and snapping potential employers out of their stupor.
Monopolize on your skillset.
If all the good jobs seem to be taken and you’re simply struggling to find potential roles which inspire you, then it might be time to look at your talents and think about different ways to achieve the career of your dreams. Maybe you’ve always had a passion for makeup or arts and crafts. On the surface, these may seem like fun hobbies and nothing more, but if you have a driven, entrepreneurial mindset, these interests could become so much more than that.
You could start blogging about beauty tips for fun, alongside job searching or even alongside a job you already have, and see where it leads; brand deals could come your way before you know it. In this shaky job market, building your own brand and business could be the best way to create a job or a fully-fledged career for yourself; there are alternative avenues to traditional job seeking.
In the modern age, people say we’re less connected than ever before, but that isn’t true in the business world; there are more opportunities than ever before to connect with people all over the world. Your next job opportunity could be waiting out there, but you can’t hope that it’ll find you. You need to putting yourself in the line of sight of potential employers on LinkedIn and other social networks, as your enthusiasm to network and promote yourself could impress the right person.