Finding (and Keeping) A Job in Today’s Market

Recently, our team of experts was invited to speak at a conference targeted at people looking to enter, or return to, the workforce.  The goal of the program was to provide essential job search skills and advice on how to keep a job in today’s employment market.

Here are some highlights from our program:

On Job Availability:

  • There are many available jobs in today’s job market, as unemployment is extremely low and the market is looking for capable workers, provided they have skill sets that complement emerging job trends.
    • Health Care jobs, IT jobs, Construction jobs, Business Management and Financial jobs, Installation, Maintenance and Repair Jobs are some of the jobs with the largest needs and the most availability.
    • These jobs all have a median salary higher than the median salary in our region.
  • Our low unemployment means one thing to qualified job seekers: GREAT OPPORTUNITY.
  • If you don’t have experience in one of these growing jobs, look for transferable skills (skills that you already have but can use elsewhere) that you can apply in a new role.
  • Look for non-traditional employment!  As employers seek to diversify their workforces, ignore gender stereotypes about certain jobs and pursue any job you find interesting!  Many employers have developed special programs to introduce interested job seekers to roles that have traditionally been filled by typically one gender or the other.

 

On “The Search”- Considerations When Looking For A Job:

  • Manage every contact like it’s a live interview. Your interview started with the first contact and will continue until you get an offer, or they move on to someone else.
    • Check your voice mail! Make sure your outgoing message is professional and says “Hire Me!”  If it doesn’t, change it!
    • Check your e-mail. Make sure your email address sounds professional and all things related to email (your auto-signature, your grammar, etc) is professional.
    • Check your social media. What does it say about you?  Remember, if you put it on the internet, you should not expect any privacy.
    • Answer the phone with a pleasant, professional voice. If you are in a situation where you can’t talk, or things around you are chaotic, then let it go to voice mail and handle the call when you can do so in a quiet, professional manner.
  • Use your Network
    • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work.
    • If you are involved with organizations that can help you, take FULL ADVANTAGE of their services, many of which are free.
    • Consider informational interviewing and find a mentor.
    • Consider working through a staffing company. You can build your resume, gain work experience, try something new and learn more about what you like and don’t like.
  • Follow up and be persistent. Don’t be afraid to call, but do so on a reasonable schedule, like once a week, not several times a day!
  • Have an updated and accurate resume.
  • Don’t give up and when feeling frustrated, DO SOMETHING.
  • Know your bottom line. We all have a budget, we all have a “bottom line”—know what yours is!  If you don’t know this, figure it out.  It’s important.
  • Know what the market is currently paying for your skill set. And if you’re not happy with that, go find a new skill set and learn some new things.  That’s the great thing about resources—you can use them!
  • Interview for as many jobs as you are invited to. Interviewing takes practice. Get good at it!
  • SAY THANK YOU. Thank you notes, letters, even e-mails, will set you apart.
  • If you are working, always give notice.

On KEEPING the Job You Found:

  • Be On Time. On time means on time.  Every Day.  Without Fail. It shows you are dependable and that you care about other peoples’ time as well.
  • Work Ethic.  Work Ethic means doing what you say you’re going to do, without fail, with honesty and good judgment. Always try your best and seek out improvement.
  • Body Language. You “hold” yourself with confidence and look approachable and pleasant.
  • Be Positive! Your bring effort and a can-do, positive attitude every day. A good attitude is half the battle.  Look at your job, your wins, your losses, your celebrations and your frustrations with a positive attitude and your life just gets easier.
  • Learn to love what you do.  And if you don’t love what you do, learn what you can from it so you can work toward loving what you do.
  • Be Coachable. Be coachable and learn to take feedback.  Learn to ask for feedback and most importantly, apply it.  It will only make you a better human being.
  • Do Extra. Go out of your way to be exceptional. Ask what else you can do to help and show a willingness to go the extra mile.
  • Be Prepared. Always be ready for your day, your week, your month.  Have a back-up plan.  Be ready for whatever the task at hand is.

All of these tips can help you to have a more successful job search and working experience.  In this market, many employers are willing to TEACH a candidate the specific job skills, but they expect a candidate to come to the table with excellent “soft skills.”  Apply our advice and be ready to succeed!

An award-winning job placement expert in Southeastern Wisconsin, Nissen Staffing Continuum can assist you in your job search in southeastern Wisconsin. As your strategic partner, we’ll help you take your job search to the next level.  For more information about how you can find a new career, contact us today and allow us to help you focus on success!

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