Uncertainty is the norm in today’s job landscape. Since the global pandemic, it’s a whole new world when it comes to navigating the market and finding the right opportunity. But with the proper skill set, mindset, attitude, and contacts – combined with a bit of good old-fashioned hard work – success is well within your reach.
How to Navigate the Job Market
Conduct an honest, thorough audit of your skills and strengths – and zero in on what differentiates you from the competition. Identify any gaps you need to fill so that you can make this part of your overall job search plan.
Know the Market
Research the current finance industry and specific companies and positions that interest you. Make sure you’re up to date on the latest trends and developments so you’re fully informed as you launch your search and engage in conversations and discussions, both on and offline.
Update Your Resume
Be sure your resume, social profiles, cover letter, and collateral recruitment materials are current. Remember to tailor these documents to the position for which you are applying. Align wording with keywords from job descriptions to ensure your resume will be noticed and not overlooked by applicant tracking systems.
Use Social Media
Don’t just join LinkedIn and other social platforms: actively participate in conversations, contribute relevant content, and position yourself as a subject matter expert. Make it a point to stay continually active. Be sure your profiles – and your entire presence –are professional and proactive. Now is the time to double-check that any questionable content has been purged. Utilize social media to connect with others to continue expanding your network.
Speaking of Networking …
Keep networking top of mind at every opportunity, from the obvious industry conferences and professional organization events to your church, your kids’ school, or your Fantasy Football league. Have your 30 to 60-second elevator speech, which tells others who you are, what you do, and what you can contribute, polished and ready to go.
Prepare for Virtual Interviews
It goes without saying that you need to take all the proper steps to ace your interviews. This includes those done virtually as well as in person. The preparation and approach have different nuances. For instance, know the technology for remote interviews and ensure you have a quiet, professional setting. Dress professionally and create a clean, organized, and tasteful background as you would for face-to-face interviews; practice answering common questions and having your list ready.
Be Positive and Take Care of Yourself
A job search is a process, and it can take time. Stay patient and positive, and use any setbacks as learning opportunities. Prioritize self-care. Take breaks, eat and sleep right, exercise, and do what you enjoy to avoid burnout.
For personalized assistance with any and all of the above steps and access to our vast network of finance employers, professionals, and experts, contact Venteon Finance today.