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Are You Ready for A Job Seeker's Market?

If you’ve been thinking of a new career, you may have waited just the right amount of time. Did you know that most of last year was a job seeker’s market, and 2019 is looking like more of the same? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 7.1 million job openings in the United States at the end of last October, the second highest number ever. And 5.9 million people found new jobs in that month.

So how can you take advantage of this job seeker’s market?

 

  1. Get the Training You Need

If you feel ready to make the leap to a new career or advance in the one you have, think about whether you already have the skills to make that happen. You might need a new certification or even a degree. Fortunately, there are a lot of flexible options for how you can get your education. At a school like Charter College, you can find programs that are taught in-person, online, or a blend of both. Online and blended learning can be great options to earn a certificate or degree if you work full-time. At Charter College, we offer programs you can complete in as little as 10 months. So if your New Year’s resolution is to get a new career, we can help get you on that path!

  1. Spruce Up Your Resume

Is your resume current with your most up-to-date skills and experience? Before you start the job search, make sure that your resume covers your career and education up to this point. It’s important that you write a great resume that quickly grabs a hiring manager’s attention. Have a friend or two proofread it for you to make sure there aren’t any typos or embarrassing errors before you send it off.

  1. Spread the Word

If you’re in the market for a new job, talk about it! Make sure your family, friends, and contacts in your professional network are aware so they can be on the lookout for you. A personal connection goes a long way, especially in a market where good help is hard to find and a hiring manager values the opinion of the person who speaks highly of you. As a side note, you’ll want to be cautious about how much co-workers or current bosses know about your plans to make a move.

  1. Prepare for Interviews

Especially if it’s been awhile since your last job hunt, it’s a good idea to brush up on your interview skills. Prepare answers to common questions like where you see yourself in five years, why you want the job or why you’re leaving your current job. Be prepared to talk about how a company would benefit if they hired you. As you prepare your application for a job, be sure to research the company and think up a few questions about it or the position that you can ask in an interview to show how you are interested. If you’re a student, your school probably has a Career Services Office that will help you with resume preparation and mock interviews.

Now that you have some tips for how to make the most of this job seeker’s market, get started! If more education is on your path to a new job, contact Charter College to learn about our programs in health care, business, veterinary assistant, and information technology.