Saturday, April 1

Competitive Job Markets And A Tough Economy

Getting an offer of employment is something that millions of people dream about right now as unemployment levels are still elevated from the recent years of recession. But landing that coveted job with ease is often something that many people regard as just a matter of luck and not the result of hard work.

Often the ability to land that job requires many hours and perseverance, but may also come from only a very short amount of time allowed for meeting and impressing a potential employer. And that brief meeting might showcase a rather large number of fellow applicants waiting in the wings for their chance at an interview as well. It’s hard to compete against three hundred other people who might all have the same sort of resume to offer.

The stress can be intense in such circumstances and many people will be even more stressed by the circumstances due to financial issues at home with things like paying for the family home and all of the bills that seem to mount up during a job search when someone is unemployed. But these feelings are normal and okay and there’s no reason to think that the tough economy is a barrier to employment.

Being called into an interview where everything is on the line is enough to make anyone exceptionally nervous and without the right sort of preparation there can be all sorts of unfortunate mistakes and slipups during the interview which might get a resume tossed into the trash instead of put to the top of the heap for consideration.

Showing the best possible face and attitude during an interview and landing that job isn’t impossible, even if there are tons of other applicants. The best way to do so is going to always and engage in heaps of preparation and the knowledge that you’re just as qualified as anyone else who is applying yet you’re the best person for the job.

The methods that you can enhance their chances of landing an interview in a tough market include the following:

Write a great resume

By writing a resume that’s updated, well-written and gets to the point without going overboard with accolades and experience, the hiring manager or person in charge of filling a job is going to be able to see all of the qualifications for that individual without the clutter of a bunch of unneeded information. Writing a great resume is more than just ensuring good grammar and running a spell check.

Practice the interview

For anyone who doesn’t interview regularly, the prospect of meeting with a future employer can be exceptionally nerve-wracking and there are very few people out there who have the persona and people-skills to have a flawless interview without some preparation. A good way to practice is to set up a mock interview with a family member or friend and work out the kinks in responses to expected questions.

Don’t feel it’s over if one interview goes badly

Not every interview is going to be a walk in the park and not all applications are going to be a breeze. Finding a job is normally a tough business, but it’s important to realize that in a tough economy being able to land a job after only a single interview is rare. Employers are exceptionally picky these days with who they hire and they’re able to hire in such a fashion because the job market is so crowded with applicants.

Continuously research and practice

Starting a job hunt does require a lot of research and consideration into what sort of company might be best and what type of employment or job title would be appropriate for a person’s experience and goals, but just because the preparation stage has ended and the job hunt has begun doesn’t mean that the research is over. It’s important to continuously refine a job hunting strategy so as to remain competitive in a tough market.