Back in the Job Market: Conquer the Search and Find Your Next Challenge with Flipdeck
If you’ve been "off the market" for a while, diving back into the job pool may feel daunting — but it doesn’t have to be that way. The first step to conquering the realities of today’s job market is to set realistic expectations. A recent Forbes article — 10 Ways To Decipher The Job Market After You've Been Out Of It For A While — emphasizes the importance of gaining at least a basic understanding of current job market conditions before starting your search. Fortunately, there are resources all around to help you re-acquaint yourself with the job hunt and minimize frustration.
Ask the experts
Perhaps the most direct path to gauging the current job market is to consult those in the know: recruiters. Because navigating the job market is their bread and butter, they will know the current trends and can give you an idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that you may get a range of responses, so be prepared to suss out the genuine ones and take overly positive outlooks with a grain of salt.
Do research on your own
Find out about current events and happenings in your industry — this can help guide you in finding similar positions at competitor companies where you may be a good fit. You can also ask others who have recently been hired what their experiences were like. Here are some good questions to get you started:
- How long did it take to get an offer?
- How many companies did they apply to and how many interviews resulted?
- What were response times like?
- How would they describe their encounters with hiring managers?
Don't be afraid to try a new tactic
As you re-enter the job market, keep in mind that strategies that worked a decade or more ago may not work now. Websites that used to be the "go to" source for employment may have evolved over the years or been replaced. A quick internet search can point you in the direction of new job sites and networking opportunities, so don’t be afraid to explore and see what else is out there.
Find out what you're getting into so you can get into the right frame of mind, avoid unnecessary disappointment, and put yourself on an equal playing field!
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