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Top 10 job seeking tips to help you land your dream job in 2019

Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019

Job seeking will continue to evolve with the advancements of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. These technologies are changing the way recruiters search for talent and conduct interviews. According to our 2019 Canada Salary Guide, 83 per cent of companies intend to adopt AI, machine learning or automation tools in the next 1–3 years to streamline their hiring and onboarding. How can job seekers rise to the challenge? Here are ten top tips to help you land your dream job this year.

2019 job searching tips|Hays CA blog

1. Sign up for job alerts
Rather than spending hours online searching for job postings, you can discover new opportunities by signing up for job alerts on LinkedIn, Glassdoor and other career sites. You’ll receive a notification as soon as a job that meets your criteria opens up. Not only will you save time, applying right away also increases your chance of getting noticed by a recruiter. 

2. Tailor your resume to the job description
Hiring managers are using AI and automated resume screening to eliminate candidates that don’t meet the job requirements. Thereby, your resume should highlight your most relevant skills and experiences and include keywords in the job description such as “data analysis” and “project management.” However, this doesn’t entail modifying your resume each time you apply—job descriptions overlap. Find out which common skills and experiences are needed for the type of role you’re interested in to help you create a solid resume.

3. Communicate professionally, even with a chatbot
Recruitment bots are becoming more common. They assist with automating interview scheduling, answering questions, and screening candidates. Even if you find yourself communicating with a chatbot, it’s important to stay professional. Your conversations with a recruitment bot is a written record that hiring managers can see. So converse with a chatbot as you would with a recruiter, and don’t hesitate to ask questions to learn more about the company and job role.

4. Search engine optimise your LinkedIn profile
Recruiters use LinkedIn’s advanced data analytics tools to both find and engage with suitable passive and active jobseekers. An up to date profile and endorsements including recommendations from managers can help you get noticed by the right people. Be sure to also indicate your industry, include a compelling headline and key phrases which relate to the roles you are looking for.

5. Have an active social media presence
Building on from the previous point, having an active social media presence will help you get found by recruiters. For instance, follow LinkedIn Influencers and companies and comment, like or share content that’s relevant to your specialism or industry. You can also post your own professional insights and get involved in forum discussions.

6. Look for a positive work environment
Your happiness and career success also depends on how well your work style and values align with the company’s values. You can begin to assess the company’s culture by looking at the company’s reviews online as well as looking through the company’s career site and social media page. During the interview, find out from your potential manager what it’s like to work at the organisation (here are 15 great questions that you could ask) and, conversely, be prepared to communicate your interpersonal processes.

7. Get your resume mobile ready
Job opportunities can appear unexpectedly—even while you’re browsing on your smartphone. Ensure your resume is accessible from all your devices so you can apply for roles anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. Your resume should also be mobile friendly. This includes avoiding the use of columns so it fits in the pane of the phone, including hyperlinks to your email address and phone number, and having the most relevant information at the top.

8. Build and maintain your professional relationships
Although AI and similar technologies are transforming the hiring process, people, not machines, will continue to play the dominant role in hiring and staff engagement. It’s important to build and nurture your professional relationships both online and in person. Some ways to meet and connect with people include attending networking and meetup events, arranging networking coffee dates, and using mentoring platforms such as Ten Thousand Coffees.

9. Update your skills
One of the main challenges for employers is to find skilled candidates. According to the 2019 Hays Salary Guides, 78 per cent of US employers report being affected by the skills shortage, whereas in Canada that number is as high as 82 per cent. If you want to be considered by employers, commit to upskilling yourself. Depending on your profession, you can acquire the latest skills you need through online courses without breaking your wallet.

10. Go above and beyond
If you want to really impress employers, go beyond the call of duty. This doesn’t mean having a flashy resume or boasting all your achievements. It’s important to show, rather than tell, your potential employer how you can be a real asset to the company. Research the company, ask questions, and find ways to help the company achieve its objectives. For example, create a prototype or a presentation that highlights your skills and provides a solution to a real problem.

Finding a job can be stressful. But you don’t have to do it alone. Hays’ recruiters can provide support and help you land your dream job. Contact us today.

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