Decision makers are on vacation, offices are empty, budgets frozen, and candidate searches placed on hold. What’s a jobseeker to do in the final weeks of summer? Work harder than ever, of course.
Don’t use this employer downtime as an excuse to take a vacation from your job search. Instead, take advantage of the annual hiring hiatus by positioning yourself for a productive fall job search. Attend to aspects of your search you’ve been neglecting: Revise your resume and cover letter templates, increase your networking contacts, spruce up your internet profile, add content to your professional web site, or finally launch one.
The good news is that when hiring managers get back from their vacations, they often find themselves under pressure to make hires. Managers will be eager to staff up as they start feeling the pressure to hit year-end goals. Department heads will want to fill positions and start using salary lines before they lose headcount.
Who wouldn’t want to work from home? You can work in your pajamas, lounge on your couch all day, and still get paid – or at least that’s the theory. In reality, it takes discipline to be a successful remote worker.
The number of U.S. workers who spent at least some time working from home reached 43 percent in 2017, according to a report from Flexjobs. The percentage working from home 50 percent of the time or more was much lower, at just under 3 percent. But hiring managers expect work-from-home opportunities to increase rapidly in the next 10 years, to one-third of all jobs.
If you’re among the growing number of remote workers: congratulations. There are plenty of positives that come with off-site employment, from time and money saved on commuting to enhanced work-life balance. But these benefits come with unique challenges. Not everyone can remain productive when they are no longer working shoulder to shoulder with peers under the watchful eye of an on-site supervisor.
With unemployment dipping below four percent and expected to stay there for the next few years, there couldn’t be a better time to look for a new job. But that doesn’t mean your job search won’t have challenges, or that you don’t need job search tools to help you find your next best fit.
For starters, many employers have high expectations. And with wages remaining close to stagnant, a high rate of workers who currently have a position – over 40 percent according to one recent survey – are planning to switch jobs in the coming year. So the record-low unemployment rate won’t mean there won’t be lots of competition for plume open positions.
In addition, employers are using many new strategies to make the hiring process more efficient and effective. That means that in addition to polishing your interview skills, you’ll need to become adept with new platforms and be ready to audition for your new role in different environments.
You may be asked to take an assessment test, give a presentation, or undertake a task similar to the kind you would face on the job, possibly even in a virtual reality setting. You’ll also need to be aware of how automation can determine who sees your resume.
Women are expected to crunch their achievements into a timetable that often lasts less than 20 years, Sally Koslow writes in The New York Times. “Find a partner. Raise some chicks. Zoom to the top of your field. Check each box by 50,” the former McCalls editor writes. But working later in life is where many women find their calling, only by that time employers are looking for younger talent. “Women need to speak up about this issue, just as female hiring managers should think about hiring women the age of their mother.”
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