As the new year approaches, many of us are thinking about moving into a new role or career in 2023. It’s an exciting time to try something new. But don’t let the labor shortage fool you, the job market is more competitive than ever.
While opportunities abound, particularly in the technology sector, the rise of remote working also means job seekers will be competing against a global talent pool by 2023.
Two candidates may be equally qualified, but one will have an edge over the other because they know how to present that experience in the most effective and relevant way. In addition to crafting the perfect resume, there are plenty of steps you can take to maximize your job opportunities.
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Here are five tricks to help you land your dream job.
1. Get to know ATS keywords
While that may not be the case recruiters only look at a resume for six seconds, there are other challenges to making your application stand out. Enter: Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
Companies use this software to filter or rank applications (99% of Fortune 500 companies which are assumed to use ATS) and if your application does not contain the correct search terms, it may not be retrieved.
ATS keywords are specific words or phrases that employers have identified as requirements for a position. Keep them in mind as you tailor your application to each job you are applying for. Match keywords and job titles from the job posting and keep your resume format simple and clear.
2. Focus on details
Whether on a resume, job application, or interview, be specific about your accomplishments. Identify, so to speak, the headlines of your work experience. It could be that successful project, that important customer that won, or that revenue growth that helps you stand out.
You don’t have to embellish what you’ve accomplished, it’s about putting it into context for potential new employers. Having topline stats, achievements, or successes to share can also highlight your transferable skills if you’re hoping to move into a new area.
3. Update your online presence
Your online presence can have a bigger impact than you might think. Thinking about how you represent “Brand You” online can open up new opportunities to show why you are the best person for the job.
Completely update your LinkedIn profile. Recruiters look for talent on LinkedIn, so make sure you have an up-to-date work history, achievements, and other relevant information. Share your work and successes on your Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.
4. Network for the long haul
Networking doesn’t have to be as blunt as trying to land a new job directly through someone. Consider it an exercise in making connections, and don’t forget about mutually beneficial networks. Maybe you can connect two people who can help each other? Developing a good reputation and a professional network of contacts can only be a good thing.
If you’re trying to break into a new area, ask for coffee with a mentor or someone you admire. Make it clear that it’s just a chat and that you don’t expect anything. You can pick up valuable advice and they may remember you when an opportunity arises.
5. Track opportunities
Job boards are a great place to start your job search. Sign up for mailing lists and join online groups related to the areas you are interested in. Follow important people on social media and keep an eye on what they share and post.
While there may not be any actual job openings, it’s good research and staying up to date with your industry. You never know when the ideal opportunity will present itself. And when it comes to job sites, bookmark them and take the time to check them regularly for new job opportunities and insights into potential employers.
If you’re considering a move in the new year, below are three interesting job opportunities. Be sure to check out the House of Talent Job Board for thousands of available positions.
Head of Data Science, Accenture, Dublin
Accenture is a global professional services company operating across disciplines including digital, cloud and security. This role is within The Dock’s Havoc team, which consists of 60 entrepreneurial problem solvers and is based in Dublin, Ireland. You own, drive and execute the team’s data science strategy and work to identify data science opportunities within client projects. You must have strong academic qualifications in a relevant field and experience in data science applications is also a must. Looking for another option? See more features at Accenture here.
Software Asset Manager, WPP, London
WPP is a creative transformation company, offering clients a range of communications, experiential, commerce and technology services. In this London based role you will be responsible for running the Software Asset Management (SAM) practice to optimize WPP’s asset base and manage/reduce risk. The successful applicant must have experience working in an IT asset management role and working with ITAM or CMDB tools. Expertise in end-to-end SAM ownership for vendors such as IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and VMware is also a must. WPP is also hiring for a number of other roles, which you can find here.
Backend Engineer, Purchase Risk Management, Zalando, Berlin
E-commerce fashion platform Zalando connects customers, brands and partners in 23 markets. This backend engineer position is part of a dynamic and diverse group of engineers and applied scientists. The role offers the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects, improve Zalando’s operational excellence and shape the team’s way of working. You will need up to three years of experience as a backend engineer for cloud-based technologies, preferably on AWS, and knowledge of object-oriented programming such as Java and Python. Zalando has even more options here.
Browse The House of Talent Job Board today to find your next career adventure and discover even more exciting job opportunities