Preparing to find a new job in today’s market comes with some additional considerations.  Whether you’re looking for a first job out of college, or your first job in a long career, it’s important to be prepared for the norms of job searching in 2019.

U.S. News contributor Hannah Morgan outlines some crucial things to take into consideration when searching for a new position in the current job market.

Learn about ATS and how they work.

Applicant tracking systems, otherwise known as ATS, are widely used by companies to process resumes and screen potential employees.  In addition to use by companies for hiring purposes, many recruiters also utilize ATS for building searchable resume databases.  Knowing how an ATS works and how to customize your resume using relevant keywords and skills for each job to which you are applying can give you an edge over other applicants with less-focused resumes.

Ditch the one-page resume.

Employers want to learn about you before they even reach out for an interview.  Resumes should be customized to each job so you can highlight your work accomplishments and list relevant skills pertaining to the position for which you are applying.  Bearing this in mind, keep your font size readable and don’t be afraid to go onto a second page, especially if you have more than five years of work experience.

Not sure how to proceed with making your resume really showcase your skills and experience?  Bankers Crossing has partnered with TopResume to offer a free professional resume review to our visitors.  One of their highly experienced resume writers will give you advice on how to get your resume ready for your job search.

Interview processes have become more involved.

Current interview processes are typically more than your standard in-face interview.  For example, you may be asked to participate in a video interview, an online work simulation, a personality assessment, or even a sit-down dinner interview.  If the interview process seems like it’s taking a longer time than you’re used to, have patience.  Employers are more interested than ever in selecting the best match for the role, so they are considering more than just what skills you have listed on your resume when engaging you in these screening activities.

Know what you’re worth.

Salary research should be conducted to determine an appropriate range for individuals in the position you’re hoping to fill.  In addition to using online salary calculators, it would be advised to try to find people in similar positions in your target city and find out what they’re making.  While this may seem uncomfortable, knowing exactly what the going rate is for the job you want in the city you’re going to be in will help you in salary negotiations.  You’ll not only know if the offer being presented is in line with the current market but also be in a better position to negotiate if it’s not.

Take advantage of employer communities.

Company culture is a hot topic.  By looking at a company’s culture, you can usually determine fairly quickly if it might be a place you’d enjoy working.  Many companies have a link to a community on their career page.  Most communities are centered on Facebook, LinkedIn, or even a portal maintained by the company to interact with potential candidates.  Not sure which companies you should check out?  A great place to start is “best of” and “top employer” lists, as well as competitors of your current company.

Meet someone who can refer you.

If you know someone who works at the company to which you’re applying, you’ve already got an excellent resource for more information.  If you don’t know someone personally, try asking those in your network if they happen to know anyone working for the companies to which you want to apply.  While acquaintances might not be comfortable directly referring you for a position without knowing you well, they will probably be willing to provide information on the company culture if you reach out and ask.  Expressing interest in the company and the way it works will also look good if you decide to pursue a position there in the future.

Don’t stop at job boards.

While job boards such as Bankers Crossing and Indeed are great places to start narrowing down your search, don’t let it be the only place you go looking for a job.  In addition to job boards, focus on the career pages of employers you’re particularly interested in, or better yet, look for employees sharing job opportunities on social networks.  Many employers offer incentives to their current employees for distributing openings as the highest-quality candidates often come from employee referrals.

 

 

 

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Give your LinkedIn profile a spring cleaning.

Your resume has been updated, but how is your LinkedIn profile?  If you haven’t touched it in a while, or if you never really got around to personalizing it, take the time to do so.  Your LinkedIn profile should be a place where you can showcase your skills and experience, as well as give potential employers a look into what motivates you.  Additionally, be sure to include appropriate keywords – LinkedIn is one of the places recruiters often look when sourcing potential candidates for openings they are trying to fill.

 

Check out the full article for more tips on preparing for your job search.  We wish you the best of luck!

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