Positioning yourself in a tight job market.

Positioning yourself in a tight job market.

In this day and age, job hunters have to compete not just with other individuals who may have relatively the same competencies as they have, but also have to deal with many jobs becoming redundant due to technology. Technology has allowed employers to establish lean organizations so that a job previously held by two or three people can be handled by one. Then there’s outsourcing. Outsourced workers can even live several miles away from the workplace or on the opposite side of the globe. So how does one compete for jobs without losing one’s sanity?

First off, one has to be level-headed in seeking jobs, knowing what that particular work environment is, how much it pays and if it is commensurate to the expected responsibilities. These factors can vary among industries, especially between service sectors and manufacturing businesses. Applicants should be objective in comparing how their skills and knowledge match
the requirements of the job. If the job seems exciting or is sought-after, but calls for skills that one does not currently possess, taking the time to be trained in acquiring skills outside of the desired organization might be what one needs to clinch the job. Think of it more as a personal investment rather than a job requirement.

Secondly, one should have the initiative to learn the skills that may be in demand in one’s desired industry. Learning new skills while job hunting shows that the applicant can be counted upon to go the extra mile for the success of the business. It also gives the impression that a person can contribute greatly to the business. One’s initiative can be translated to the
ability to revolutionize a process, innovate or think out of the box. Even when one has not yet landed a job, potential employers can surmise that a particular applicant has the promise of being an asset of the company.

Finally, being disciplined in terms of professionalism, and even punctuality, relates that an applicant has good work ethics. When faced with rejections for a job application, applicants should consider it as an opportunity for reflection and self-assessment, not a cause for depression. If rejections happen in a series for a long time, it might mean looking for alternatives. Alternatives may be in the form of applying in a different industry, looking for opportunities which may not be advertised or resorting to self-employment.

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