The world of work is always changing, and that means the way we search for jobs has to change, too. What worked 10 years ago won’t necessarily cut it today, and what works today won’t be effective 10 years from now. So, if you will be looking for a job in 2023, here are a few things to keep in mind.
First, let’s start with the basics. The internet will still be around (although it may look very different), so your job search should begin there. Use sites like Indeed and LinkedIn to find openings that match your skills and experience. You can also use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to connect with potential employers or recruiters. However, don’t rely solely on these platforms – many companies don’t post their open positions online, so you could miss out on some great opportunities if you only search online.
In-person networking will also be important in 2023. Get involved with professional organizations in your industry or field and attend events where you can meet potential employers or contacts who can help you find a job. Attend trade shows, conferences, and other events related to your field; even if you don’t land a job due to attending these events, they can still be valuable networking opportunities. And make sure you have a strong elevator pitch ready – when meeting someone new who could potentially help with your job search, you only have a few minutes (if that) to make a good impression, so practice ahead of time!
Of course, technology will continue to play a major role in the world of work – and that includes the way we job search. In 2023, artificial intelligence (AI) will likely be used more often in the recruiting process; AI-powered chatbots may screen candidates before passing them along to human recruiters, for example. Additionally, video interviewing will probably become more common; instead of meeting candidates in person for an initial interview, employers may opt to conduct interviews via video conferencing platforms like Skype or Zoom. So, get comfortable with using technology for both networking and interviewing purposes.
Apply on job boards.
It can be difficult to know where to start when you’re looking for a new job. Job boards can be a great resource, but with so many out there, it can be hard to know which ones are worth your time.
The first step in using job boards is finding the right one for you. There are general job boards that list all types of openings, as well as niche job boards that focus on specific industries or types of jobs, such as Jobguide, among others. If you have a specific industry or type of job in mind, it might be worth checking out one of the niche job boards. Otherwise, a general board will likely have plenty of options for you to choose from.
Once you’ve found a few good job boards, it’s time to start searching. When you’re looking at listings, pay attention to the requirements and qualifications listed. Make sure you meet all of the qualifications before applying – if not, your application is likely to get ignored. Also, take note of any deadlines listed; most employers are looking for candidates who can start immediately, so if you’re not available right away, it’s probably not worth applying.
When you’ve found a listing that looks like a good match for your skills and availability, it’s time to apply! Start by reading through the whole listing carefully; many times employers will include instructions on how they want applicants to submit their materials. Follow those instructions exactly; if an employer asks for a resume and cover letter via email, but you send them through the mail instead, your application is likely to get lost in the shuffle. Once you’ve submitted your materials according to the directions given, all that’s left is to sit back and wait to hear back from the employer!
Apply on the go with mobile apps.
It’s no secret that the job market is more competitive than ever. With technology becoming more and more commonplace in our everyday lives, it’s no surprise that employers are increasingly using mobile apps as a way to screen and hire candidates.
If you’re looking for a job, chances are there’s an app for that. While some of the most popular job search engines have their own mobile app (think Indeed or Glassdoor), there are also stand-alone apps like Jobr and Switch that focus solely on helping you find your next gig.
So, if you’re wondering how to go about applying for jobs via mobile apps, here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Keep your resume updated and easily accessible.
Most job search apps will allow you to upload your resume directly from your device, so make sure it’s saved somewhere where you can easily access it (like in Dropbox or Google Drive). If you don’t have a digital copy of your resume readily available, now is the time to create one — it will come in handy not only for applying to jobs via mobile apps but also for filling out online applications on desktop computers.
2. Use keywords wisely.
Since many employers use applicant tracking systems to screen resumes before they ever even reach human eyes, it’s important to include relevant keywords throughout your document – but beware of keyword stuffing, which can actually hurt your chances of being selected for an interview. Not sure which keywords to use? Check out the job listing itself for clues; typically, the skills and qualifications listed there are good indicators of what keywords will help get your resume through the ATS filter and into the hands of a hiring manager.
Prepare for video interviews.
Video job interviews are becoming increasingly popular as they offer employers a convenient and efficient way to screen candidates. If you’re scheduled for a video interview, it’s important to take some time to prepare in order to make the best possible impression.
Here are a few tips for preparing for your video job interview:
1. Choose the right location: Find a quiet place with good lighting and no distractions or background noise. If you can’t find a suitable location at home, consider renting out a space at a local coffee shop or office library.
2. Test your technology: Make sure your computer, webcam, and microphone are all working properly before the interview begins. Do a test run with a friend or family member to ensure that everything is functioning correctly.
3. Dress the part: Just because you’re not meeting in person doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress professionally! Wear clothes that you would feel comfortable wearing to an in-person interview – this will help you exude confidence during the conversation.
4. Be aware of your body language: Although eye contact can be difficult through a webcam, it’s still important to maintain good posture and use gestures appropriately throughout the interview (avoiding things like fidgeting or playing with your hair). Smile often to show that you’re engaged and enthusiastic about the role!
5. Prepare answers to common questions: Review some of the most commonly asked questions in interviews and formulate thoughtful responses ahead of time so that you don’t get caught off guard during the conversation. This will also help keep you calm and collected throughout the process.
Consider flexible and part-time jobs.
There are plenty of reasons to consider a flexible or part-time job – especially if you’re looking to return to work after starting a family or you’re juggling childcare commitments. Here are just some of the reasons why it might be the right career move for you:
1. You can pick and choose your hours.
One of the biggest advantages of a part-time job is that you can often pick and choose your hours. This means you can fit work around your other commitments, whether that’s dropping the kids off at school or taking them to extracurricular activities. And, if you need to take some time off for yourself – say, for a doctor’s appointment or a mental health day – it’s usually much easier to do so with a part-time job than a full time one.
2. You can try out different roles and industries.
Part-time jobs are also a great way to dip your toe into different roles and industries before committing to anything long-term. If you’re not sure what kind of career you want, or you want to explore different options before settling on something, part time work can give you the flexibility to do that. It also means you don’t have as much pressure on you to perform well in the role – so if it turns out it’s not for you, no harm done!
3. You might earn more money per hour than in a full-time job.
Although part-time jobs typically offer lower salaries than full-time ones, when looked at hourly, they can actually pay quite well – especially if you have specialist skills or experience. This is because employers are often willing to pay more per hour for someone who only works a few hours each week rather than someone who works full time.
Create a professional resume.
When you are looking for a job, one of the most important tools you have in your arsenal is your resume. This document is what helps potential employers to learn about your skills and experience and decide whether or not you are a good fit for the position they are trying to fill.
While it may seem like a simple task to put together a resume, there is actually quite a bit of thought and effort that goes into creating an effective one. If you want your resume to help you land the job you want, then follow these tips on how to make it as professional as possible.
Start with a strong objective statement. The first thing potential employers will see on your resume is your objective statement. This is your chance to grab their attention and let them know what kind of position you are looking for and why you would be the perfect fit. Keep it short and sweet, but make sure it packs a punch.
List your relevant work experience. Once you have caught their attention with your objective statement, it is time to back it up with some solid work experience. Start by listing your current or most recent position and then work backward chronologically from there. Include the dates of employment, company name, job title, and brief description of duties for each position held. Only include experiences that are relevant to the type of job you are applying for – no need to include that summer spent working at the local fast food restaurant if you’re applying for an accounting position!
Highlight your skills and accomplishments. In addition to listing out your work experience, take some time to highlight any special skills or accomplishments that make you stand out from other candidates. If you have received any awards or recognition in prior roles, be sure to list those here as well; this will show potential employers that others have noticed (and appreciated) your hard work in the past. Any software or programming skills should also be included here; even if they aren’t directly related to the job at hand, they could come in handy down the line so better safe than sorry!
Include education information. Lastly, conclude with education information such as degree type earned, school name/location, and graduation date(s). As with work experience, only list educational experiences that are relevant to the job opening – no need to include details about that online cooking course if you’re applying for a marketing gig!
Ask friends and family.
When you’re job hunting, it’s easy to feel like you’re all alone in the process. But did you know that even demons can help you find a new gig? Here are four ways friends can assist your job search:
1. By serving as your personal cheerleaders, friends can help keep your spirits high throughout the sometimes frustrating process of looking for work. When self-doubt starts to creep in, these creatures will be there to remind you of your talents and worthiness – no matter how long it takes to land that perfect job.
2. Fiends also have a knack for helping you stay organized during your job hunt. From keeping track of deadlines and appointments to helping create an effective resume and cover letter, these helpful beings will ensure nothing falls through the cracks as you look for employment.
3. In addition to their organizational skills, fiends are also master networkers. If you need help connecting with potential employers or other professionals in your field, these creatures will be more than happy to put their extensive contacts list to good use on your behalf.
4. Finally, when all else fails, and it feels like every door is closing in your face, friends can serve as a reminder that giving up is never an option. These tough little creatures have faced enough adversity themselves to knows that anything is possible if you just keep fighting – something they’ll instill in you if you let them.