If 2020 is anything like 2019, there is a lot we’ll need just to get us through the year. And if the past few years are an indication of anything, 2020 could be a year of both political upheaval and environmental change too. In most third world countries (including our nation), the current in-demand occupations or specialties did not exist 10 or even 5 years ago. The rise of modernisation has led to disruption in the way we work and live. Together with that, the current job landscape has also changed.
For some, sharpening the pencils and heading back to school is the go-to solution, but it shouldn’t necessarily be your default. “Sometimes (your best move) can be circumventing school altogether,” says Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One.
2020 - a new year with new beginnings filled with new opportunities. Looking for jobs and wondering how you are gonna do it, well here are some tips to help you navigate the job market. We will tell you how to prepare and how you can impress your potential employer.
- Cut your coat according to your cloth.
Find a job that best suits you. Sounds easy right? Instead of looking at what you’re lacking, or getting stuck on feeling behind, focus on what you want your success to look like a year from now. Use those strengths as clues to propel you toward related learning or research you can do to move towards your outcome. Where do you go to look for these jobs (after you done scrolling down Qwork’s wall), well websites such as JobStreet, LinkedIn and a simple google search one jobs available will offer you multiple options. If you already have an idea of the top places you want to work at, you could search on their website as some companies post their vacancies there.
- Compile your CV.
Your CV is meant to tell employers your skill level how qualified you are for the job you are applying for. Therefore it is important that you update and put in all the necessary information, CV are to be kept professional and to the point, this makes it easier to read and reading a rambler isn’t the best. However it is also important that you know the company you are applying to, this could allow you some room to change the content or make it more fun, aesthetic, or just plain professional depending on the type of position and company you are applying to which leads me to point number 3.
- Do your research.
I know what you are thinking like yeah, I know the name of the company and what I wanna do. The pay is good why not. Doing research into the vision of the company what motivates them, what they value. Think about it if you go into an interview prepared, already knowing what they stand for that looks better on your part. Knowing what you could bring to the company, how you could be a part of the team. This also helps you evaluate and realise why you want to be apart of this company, thus making the most of everyone’s time.
- Impress the interviewers.
This is your chance to impress them, your CV may be great you have the experience the skill but it doesn’t stop there. You’re able to talk about their company, about yourself, your preparedness will all contribute to them wanting or not wanting to hire you. You want to create a lasting positive impression, selling yourself to some degree. It’s important to be punctual, never be late to an interview that in itself weakens your chance, dress professionally to set a standard for yourself. Don't be afraid to answer their questions honestly even if you think that isn't the perfect answer, it’s better to be honest then have them hire you under false pretences
- Where there is a will, there is a way.
Remember, we are living in the year of 2020 where everything is at your fingertips. You can always add new skills to your repertoire and round out your existing knowledge at no charge or at low cost in many cases by taking online courses through platforms. Some of these courses offer certificates of completion, which can help you demonstrate your level of expertise to current or future employers.
Last but now the least, looking for jobs can be hard. But remember not to give up, your opportunity could be around the corner. Every no that comes your way is an opportunity to learn to improve and grow and it’s one step closer to what you are supposed to be doing.