What is the Process of Finding a Job REALLY Like?

Unemployment remains low, and employers are eager to find dependable candidates to fill open roles. Even the undeniable economic slowdown has barely put the brakes on hiring. Is the hot job market tempting you to seek a better job opportunity?

Even if this isn’t your first job search, times have changed in the last few years. You may wonder what to expect from the hiring process—and how long it will take you to land a new job. Here are 4 tips for landing a great opportunity in today’s market:

  • Start your search online. Visit career websites and job boards to get a big-picture look at the job market and see who is hiring in your area. A keyword search on a job board can also help you research the compensation range for your desired role. Hiring has been challenging in 2022, and many employers are willing to pay more for top candidates. Knowing your worth will help you recognize a fair offer when you hear it.
  • Customize your resume with keywords. Many employers use applicant tracking software to scan resumes for essential skills and experience. Study the job post for relevant keywords and incorporate them into the skills and experience sections of your resume.
  • Update your social profiles. Recent research from Zippia shows that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates, and 54% of companies have eliminated candidates based on something posted on their social media feeds. Potential employers will likely research you during the interview process, so it pays to make sure you’re presenting a consistent and professional image across all your social profiles.
  • Know your priorities. Many post-pandemic workers prioritize flexibility, work-life balance, company culture, and remote work opportunities. As a result, employers are doing their best to meet their employees’ needs. Knowing what you want in a new job—and asking for it—is key to getting what you want in a new role. Since there are so many more open jobs than workers to fill them, job seekers have the upper hand in negotiations. As long as your requests are within reason, it never hurts to ask!

How Long Should You Wait After Submitting An Application?

Waiting to hear back after applying can be nerve-wracking. Every company moves at its own pace. According to Indeed, job seekers report varying experiences with employers:

  • 44% are contacted within a couple of weeks of applying
  • 37% are contacted within one week
  • 4% are contacted within one day

But the Great Resignation continues as many employers desperately seek to fill open roles. As resumes pour in, they may only follow up on the top few candidates. How can you ensure your application lands on the top of the pile?

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Our employment experts understand your industry and have established contacts with employers offering competitive compensation and great company culture. We’ll meet with you to understand your skills, experience, needs, and career goals—and then present options that are a great fit. Ready to find a better opportunity? Contact your local PrideStaff recruiter today!

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