Is a new job on your radar for 2020? If so, you might think you’ve mastered the art of the job search – but think again. In 2020, it’ll take more than tailoring your CV and preparing thoroughly for interviews to get your dream job.
Here is some advice on how to land your dream job in 2020:
Take calculated risks: Disruption is impacting all industries and the traditional notion of a ‘career’ is changing along with it. So, before beginning your job search decide which jobs you should apply for that will best serve you long-term. The conventional idea that a career involves working your way up the ranks of one chosen profession is changing This means that you need to think long-term when considering your next career move. The next step up may offer an immediate salary increase, but a sideways move could allow you to learn new skills and take your career down a slightly different but more sustainable or rewarding career path. Such self-disruption will keep your skills relevant and employable for the long haul.
Brevity matters: Next, update your CV. Hiring managers and recruiters still want to see a one- to two-page CV, yet this is far from the norm. You’d be amazed at how many CVs we see that are four or more pages long. You don’t need to list every job you’ve had since high school. Rather than simply adding each new job to the top of a CV you first created fifteen years ago, take the time to refresh it completely. An added advantage is that by crafting your CV in today’s acceptable format – and adding those all-important keywords – you’re more likely to get past initial screening algorithms or applicant tracking systems.
‘Skills’ are not ‘competencies’: The relevancy of your skills and competencies to the job you’ve applied for is your top method of standing out. But many people fail to sell themselves to the best of their ability because they don’t understand the difference between the two. Research the differences so you can win an interviewer over by showing which specific skills and competencies will make you successful in the job.
Pair online and offline content: It may seem obvious, but there are still plenty of examples of people who submit a CV that does not align with their professional social media. It’s job seeking 101, Your social media profile should round out and enhance your CV, not send up red flags. Add relevant examples of your work, backed with quantifiable evidence, and ask as many relevant colleagues or associates as possible for recommendations that highlight the key skills and competencies required in the jobs you’re applying for.
Tell a story: When preparing for job interviews, think of real-life examples you can share that demonstrate how you have successfully used the skill or competency in question to add value. Employers are less likely to take a chance on an unproven candidate these days, so use your previous successes to paint a picture in the interviewer’s mind of you doing the job well.
Show off your soft skills: From a willingness to learn to adaptability and interpersonal skills, demonstrated soft skills supplement your technical skills and give you an advantage in the jobs market. Given this, it’s advisable to conduct a soft skills self-audit and up-skill to overcome any gaps. Even if your soft skills are strong, continue to take every opportunity in your existing job to improve yours. Don’t forget to add your soft skills to your CV and professional social media profiles too.
Highlight transferrable skills: If you are looking to make a sideways move, promote your transferrable skills. Employers are open to considering candidates who are interested in a sideways move, particularly in skill-short areas. This can be a sensible step for candidates who want to break out of their current mould to diversify their experience, so make sure you highlight your transferrable skills on your CV to show what makes you a suitable candidate for the role.
Look beyond salary to long-term gain: When it does come time to negotiate, don’t price yourself out of consideration. Consult your recruiter to ensure your expectations are aligned with current market rates rather than the figure you want. You should also carefully consider the career progression and learning and development available in the context of your long-term career goals and future employability. If a job comes with regular up-skilling, it will help future-proof your employability and may be of greater financial benefit long-term than a few thousand dollars more here and now.