15 Coaching Pros Share Their Top Job Search Tips For The 2020 Labor Market
The first quarter of the year is always a great time to look for a new job. This is especially true in 2020, when job growth is high and unemployment is low. However, things have changed in the world of job hunting, and it’s important to understand how to efficiently and effectively conduct your search in the current labor market.
To help you, we asked the members of Forbes Coaches Council for the top advice they’d give job seekers right now. Read on for their best tips.
1. Level Up Your Resume’s Content And Visual Marketing
As technology has become more sophisticated, you are able to create more eye-popping resumes without risking computer scanning issues. And, due to these same technological advances, employers can now sift through hundreds of more applicants quickly, making it more imperative that you use both strategic content marketing and visual branding to soar above other candidates. – Rosa Vargas, Authentic Resume Branding & Career Coaching
2. Demonstrate Your Agility And Flexibility
As we enter this next decade, the single most important factor impacting each and everyone’s career will be speed. If anyone thinks the pace of change is going to slow down, then they simply aren’t in touch with the trends in the market for talent. So, embrace the moment, become more agile and flexible and develop your skills and career strategies to make an impact more quickly. – Rob Tillman, TillmanPartners
3. Focus On Personal Networking
It is a new year and a new decade. Still, as I counsel my executive coaching clients, the real key to finding your next job or venture remains personal networking. Yes, it is possible to just send in a resume, but success is becoming more rare here. Who knows if the resume was seen or rejected? Knowing someone helps, and may create opportunities not otherwise advertised. – Ash Varma, Varma & Associates
4. Don’t Take A Job Just For The Perks
Today, there are more opportunities than ever to make a career change as unemployment rates hover at near record lows. As such, employers try to lure top talent with competitive pay rates and benefit packages. Although it’s tempting to jump to a new job because of these perks, don’t. Instead, evaluate your career ideals and make a strategic move that benefits you. – Ashlee Anderson, Work From Home Happiness
5. Keep Learning And Building New Skills
According to Upwork’s in-demand skills, 70% of the fastest-growing skills were new to the index in 2018. The 2019 skill index is shaping up to show the same trend. The emerging skills shortage is growing. Professionals must upskill and uplevel to stay relevant in today’s job market. Don’t wait for others to be in charge of your learning. Corporations expect you to do it on your own. – Tracy Levine, Advantage Talent, Inc.
6. Be Curious
Being curious about what jobs and tasks you like and do not like can be critical to your eventual engagement, innovation and productivity. If you want to be truly aligned and content in your job, you must be willing to explore everything you can about what it entails and what other opportunities are out there. – Dr. Diane Hamilton, Tonerra
7. Prepare For The Future Of Work
First and foremost, identify your unique value proposition in a hypercompetitive global labor market. What knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and core competencies do you have that set you apart from the rest of the pack? What automation-resistant skills do you bring to the table? To be prepared for the ever-evolving future of work, prepare yourself with irreplaceable characteristics. – Jonathan Westover, Utah Valley University & Human Capital Innovations, LLC
8. Uplift Your Online Presence
If you are not focusing on developing your credibility online, you are missing out on opportunities. Every recruiter has access to LinkedIn and they leverage it heavily. It is incredibly important that you clearly demonstrate your expertise and have a compelling online dossier that incites a conversation. The job market is becoming more automated, not less so. Be active online and be found! – Erin Urban, UPPSolutions, LLC
9. Know What Matters To A Potential Employer
With unemployment at historic lows and demand at high levels, what will make you stand out from your competition when interviewing for roles is your ability to talk about what you’ve done that matters to them and not talk about what you’ve done. Too many people go off on these lengthy diatribes that have no relevance to the employer. Target your answers to the experience sought. – Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
10. Look For Jobs At The Intersection Of Your Education, Experience And Passion
In today’s market, we have more jobs to fill than candidates to fill them. This could be your opportunity to reevaluate your gifts and passions. Where do they overlap? Have your previous jobs allowed their full expression? If not, consider exploring opportunities for jobs that do. Your sense of well-being, fulfillment and productivity will grow. – Ron Young, PAIRIN
11. Take Some Time For Self-Discovery
Rather than just finding another job to stay away from the current one that you no longer love, take this opportunity to conduct a deep self-discovery exercise to truly understand what you are made of, what your life purpose is, what your values are and what your passion is. Then strategize your next step based on that. When you can persuade yourself, you can persuade employers. So be “you!” – Amy Nguyen, Happiness Infinity LLC
12. Do The Things You Are Afraid To Do
One of the greatest skills in demand is creativity. More and more employers are looking for highly creative content. It’s their bread and butter. The most creative people I know are not afraid to do the things that scare them because it allows them to leave their comfort zone behind and tap into something far greater than themselves, a.k.a. creativity. No one was ever creative playing it safe. – Anne Beaulieu, Walking Inside Resources Inc.
13. Create A Video Resume
My secret tip for landing jobs is to provide a video. Anyone can send a resume, so if you want to blend in with the others, feel free. I purchased a high-quality webcam, got a good backdrop and a microphone and produced a great video and included that in my cover letter/proposal. It’s the next best thing to a face-to-face meeting. – Mike Volkin, Freelancer Masterclass
14. Choose Management Over Money
Don’t chase money—chase good management! Working under great leadership will do more for your career than working in a high-paid job with bad management. Be patient and don’t let others convince you into thinking differently. – Donald Hatter, Donald Hatter Inc.
15. Be Intentional
Self-awareness, emotional intelligence and being intentional are key to success in looking for employment. Being intentional eradicates unnecessary activity that could potentially derail your search and connections. Take time to define and design your approach, your story and your personal brand. Be specific and selective so your best self is represented for matching to the right job fit. – Lori Harris, Harris Whitesell Consulting