Your job search tactics should also change with the new year

Still looking for a job? Try these job search strategies

Are you still searching for a job? Or are you bored with your current job or looking for a big pay jump? This could be your time. Each January, many workers and newcomers make the resolution: “This is the year I get my dream job.”

Though new job opportunities are now more plentiful, the competition is still tough and getting your dream job this year will require a combination of proven methods and some fresh tactics. Here are some creative tips to help you in finding a great job this year.

9 creative ways to land your dream job in 2022

Still looking for a job? Try these job search strategies

Focus on companies and not just job listings.

Focusing on specific companies rather than vacancies can work to your advantage in the long run. When you do your job search by companies and categories, you spread your net wider, and you can identify more quality positions. You can also apply for a position that is not even advertised if you feel strongly that you have the skill set required. Companies are always looking for fresh talent and unsolicited applications could be considered.

Create a list of employers that you would like to work for and visit their websites often. If you’re really set on working for a specific company it may take some time to find just the opportunity that fits your skill set. But with time, you might just land your dream job this way.

Open your mind and eyes differently.

Culture, technology, and new challenges have also created new job categories that never existed before. The job market is constantly evolving at such a pace that there are heaps of jobs out there that were previously unheard of or were not as popular.

Take for example, a chief listening officer. The CLO will take data from social media and in-person interactions with customers and consumers and use that data to analyze the company’s communication skills’ efficiency. How about Crossfit instructor, Twitch streamer, UI/UX designer, Content Marketer, Backend Developer, Growth Hacker, Content moderators, Cloud computing specialist and so much more. Do some research and fish out some job roles you never previously imagined. Choosing to go down a less traditional career path also means less competition when looking to find a great job.

Try a recruitment agency.

Many job seekers do not always remember to approach recruitment agencies or Executive search firms.

Finding work through a recruitment agency can be a good choice, as they regularly and actively search for candidates on behalf of their clients. Some recruitment agencies specialize in short-term contract positions, especially in financial institutions. What matters is to get your foot in the door.

Your resume on video.

Still looking for a job? Try these job search strategies

Your resume advertises you. So, try presenting it in the form of a video as, an extra option in your search for a new job. In a job interview also, when you are asked the famous question, “Tell me about yourself,” you can whip out your iPad and show your short video.

Before then, don’t forget to post your regular resume on high traffic websites such as LinkedIn, Indeed and Monster.

Networking.

Networking, online and in person, is one of the best ways to stay on top of what’s happening in your field, including what jobs are open and where. Don’t look down on temporary or freelance work when trying to find your dream job this new year. They often lead to full-time opportunities.

Even in a competitive job market, connections are still useful in finding a job. Making one phone call to a former colleague, sending a connection request on LinkedIn to somebody that you admire, going to an online job fair, or chatting with a recruiter are all worth exploring when looking for your dream job this year.

Referrals.

Still looking for a job? Try these job search strategies

Some employers offer incentives to their employees for referring a successful candidate to the company. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. You get a new job, and your contact gets a finder’s fee for attracting a top-notch employee. There’s no harm whatsoever asking your valued friend or contact who works in your field to let you know about any openings.  Referrals can help in finding your dream job.

Give free advice.

There are few professionals who got hired as they advised employers to correct mistakes on their company’s website or in the listing of services they are offering. You too, can try this method and help companies know their online mistakes, as this will prove your intelligence and how concentrated you are when you are up to something. In addition, you can send product or marketing suggestions.

Check out offline jobs.

In today’s world, all the focus is about online searching. However, many jobs that are available are not always posted. You can go back to the days of the Yellow Pages. Locate small companies in your area, such as family-owned businesses, retail stores or organizations that rely heavily on word of mouth. These companies are more likely to welcome you reaching out via a cold call email or a walk-in. It is another creative way of looking for a good job.

Look for industries on the rise.

Three sectors that have seen tremendous growth and are expected to continue to expand in 2022 and beyond are e-commerce, technology, and healthcare. Cybersecurity and content writing specialists are in high demand as well.[1]

The recreational, energy, retail, and transportation industries are also expected to rise again as businesses open. You should go in this direction when looking for a job.[2]

2 last words to remember.

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  1. Great content! Keep up the good work!

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