No matter what stage you've reached in the job search, the benefits of research and advice from professional recruiters and hiring experts cannot be overstated. Recent hiring and recruiting trends provide valuable insight to any job search efforts.
The Globe and Mail recommends conducting research into your industry and the companies you're applying to. However, there's more to it than just reading the company's website, and it is recommended that you look into the company's history, recent market movements, future direction and any current events in the news. You'll be able to give more insightful responses to any questions and appear to be truly invested in improving the company as a whole by having in-depth background knowledge.
CBC News adds that it's important for any job searcher to not limit their search to online openings because as many as 65 per cent of jobs are never advertised. Some are never made open to the public, but the majority of them are reserved for industry professionals. By opening up your network and becoming more involved in your industry, it's possible to find these opportunities. Networking within your industry can have major benefits to your job search, whether you get a recommendation for a specific position or simply find yourself as a more in-demand potential hire.
Better approaches to interviews
Interviews can be a difficult part of job hunting, but there are a few approaches that experts say can lead to better results. The first involves listening and watching for different cues that your interviewer may be making. Being able to connect with the interviewers themselves is key, as you'll be able to make more of an impression. It's also important to note who you're interviewing with. Human resources associates are more likely to interview using a template or consistent approach, while other company leaders may take a more free-form strategy and deviate from some of the more common questions asked during an interview.
To help relieve some of the stress of the application process, treat your interview as a discussion you have with a potential client. By taking this strategy, you can gain confidence and ask direct questions of your potential employers, such as their intended goals and priorities once the position is filled. By getting more insight into your interviewer, you may also gain information about what direction the company plans to take for future projects.
Take advantage of your network
If you've worked for years or are a Millennial worker trying to find your first position, you'll likely have strong resources from some aspect of your past that can help your future, notes CBC News. For an experienced worker, reaching out to past employers or colleagues may help you find information about improving your approach to the application process. As a new job seeker, alumni networks and school networking events can give you plenty of information about job search best practices and people who can help you find openings that apply to your interests and skills. They'll likely have communities full of potential employers and plenty of former students in similar industries who can tell you what they did to succeed. Many attendees can also give you information about the trends in any given industry.
Continuing your education will also be helpful for your career prospects in the long run. Even during the interview process, when potential employers a sk what you've been doing lately, or how you have worked to improve your skills, telling them that you've been continuing your education will impress them, giving you more ammunition for a successful job hunt. More and more classes can be taken online and often for free, especially computer-based ones like coding, giving you a wider set of skills and experience.