Are you itching to find that next job, or have you been wondering why you have not been able to land yourself a job for the past couple of months? Here are 4 tips that can help you…
1. Your resume and interview matters
Your resume is usually the first impression a company has about you, followed by how they perceive you in an interview. If the last time you updated your resume was before your last job, it is time to beef it up with your latest credentials, achievements and aspirations – and, make it relevant to the job type you are next seeking for. Attend workshops or search for good resume samples online. Keep it concise and precise, focusing on your skills honed or achievements accomplished over the years. This process of recall will even help you to build your confidence upon past wins and milestones, which is an essential ingredient you would want to bring with you in your next interview.
Keeping a right attitude and professional posture during your interview is vital. Since nobody owes you a living, avoid over-selling your qualities especially when it may not meet the current needs of the job position in question. If you really want to know if you will be a good fit for the job, prepare questions before-hand to ask the interviewer about what the job requires of you.
Check out this video on tips on how to prepare for an interview.
2. Be noticed on professional social spaces
If you’re not on LinkedIn online social space yet, it may just interest you to know that it is currently the world’s largest professional network – with 400+ million members worldwide. According to DMR’s statistics as of 2015, there are over 3 million active job listings on LinkedIn, and 94% of recruiters use the platform to vet candidates. So it might be a good idea for you to set up your personal profile on LinkedIn if you want to find good job opportunities, companies, and if you want to be found by them.
Just today, a talk was held for jobseekers at e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) on the topic, “Leveraging LinkedIn”. At the event attended by over 100 participants, invited guest speaker and Relationship Manager from LinkedIn Singapore, Nina Devouge shared the importance of building your network, learning about the companies you’re interested in, and marketing your personal profile with elements such as a proper profile picture, the right way of describing your skills and achievements, and social-proofing your profile (e.g. endorsements). Read her full article, “7 Easy Ways to land your DREAM JOB using LinkedIn!”
3. Speak with an employability coach
An employability coach is able to guide you in your career path, by helping you identify where you want to go, the gaps which stand in the way of getting there, and options you can take to help you bridge those gaps.
At times, employability coaches may even be able to link a jobseeker to the right employers in their network, and a right job match occurs. Either way, whether you are at the beginning of your career journey or in the middle of it, seeking career guidance is always a wise step to take in your career planning journey.
We spoke to Mr Gary Goh, Deputy CEO of Professional Services at e2i on how their coaches are able to guide jobseekers. e2i’s career coaches see an average of 30 to 50 workers each day for coaching services in its Jurong East campus. Mr Goh explained a four-step model used by the coaches, the “GROW” process: to establish a career GOAL, ascertaining where you as a jobseeker wish to head to; matching these aspirations with REALITY, asking what barriers or gaps which may stop you; to explore and review OPTIONS to bridge these gaps; and finally to execute an action plan for the WAY forward. You don’t have to remain stuck in your career growth, get help from an employability coach!
4. Don’t just wait for opportunities, get upgrading and get going!
Sitting in a chair and sending out 10 resumes a day may not be sufficient in getting you that ideal job – or in landing a job at all. Actively search online for job fairs and attend those which you’re interested in. For a tip, typing on Google’s search engine “job fairs Singapore” will help get you going.
Are you ‘employable’? What does that word even mean? That is the gauge of one’s employability factor based on your current skill-set and working experience. With Singapore’s new national movement on SkillsFuture, you may have recently received a letter about registering for your SkillsFuture Credit account. The message? It’s time to upgrade, and it’s never too late. If you’re a Singaporean aged 25 and above, you’re eligible by default for $500 worth of credit for any SkillsFuture-related courses – so maybe it’s time to take advantage of your national benefit to reskill, upskill and increase your employability x-factor!