If you’re like most of the world, you can’t wait till 2020 is in the rear-view mirror. But if you’re looking for a new job for 2021, now is the time to take active steps to make it happen.
Here are three ways to prepare yourself for a successful 2021 job hunt.
Improve Your Resume
With COVID-19 related unemployment still sky high, you can be sure that you’ll face stiff job competition in the new year. So make the effort now to take your resume to the next level. Cut anything that could give away your age, such as your college graduation date or jobs you held more than a decade ago. Tailor your resume to each employer, and draw attention to the skills and experiences that show why you’re the right person for the job.
Boost Your Skills
Digital skills were already becoming important for many jobs, and with the pandemic shifting so many operations to the virtual space, they are now more critical than ever. Also do what you can to boost your job-specific skills, such as taking classes or gaining certifications. Competition is high, so make sure you’re up to the minute in your industry.
Consider a Staffing Agency
An excellent (and free!) way to boost your chances for success is working with a staffing agency. Services include:
- Gaining exposure to employers that are ready to hire, even before they make public job postings
- Temporary and temp-to-hire positions that can help you get back to work in less time than going through the hiring process for a full-time job
- Coaching and help with all the tasks of job hunting, such as developing your resume and nailing the interview
- Ongoing assistance once you get a position
Job hunting will not be easy in 2021, as the competition is stiffer than it has been in years. But following these simple tips now can pay dividends in the new year by putting you ahead of your competition.
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