It is time to find a new job? And you want to know how to get a job in 2020.
As all the excitement and great memories from the holidays quickly fades away, it is time to face the realities of the New Year.
Not having a job or having an over-bearing job is the reality that many job seekers will have to face this New Year.
However, if your plan for 2020 is to land the job of your dreams, then I can bet that you have started the year with your best foot forward. You know why?
January is one of the best times to start job hunting, you don’t believe me right? A research carried out by career builder revealed that; 4 in 10 companies planned to add to their head count in the first quarter of the year. This simply means that employers will be on the lookout for great talents to join their organizations.
At the beginning of the year is when many companies are launching new products, forming new strategies, and expanding even in terms of their physical locations which create a lot of opportunities.
So if you are searching for a job this New Year, I have good news for you; there are loads of opportunities for you … But you will have to work for it.
Just like I said earlier, employers are not just looking for candidates; employers are looking for great candidates. So, how can you become a great candidate in 2020? To become a great candidate, there are 5 things you need to know to get a job in 2020.
Are you ready for the secrets, alright lets dive in:
1. There are more job opportunities in the first quarter of the year
It is no longer news that the first quarter of the year is the greenest period for job seekers that look forward to getting a job. Just like we said earlier, employers are on the lookout for great talents due to different reasons.
As employees are leaving different organizations, employers are looking for new people to fill vacant positions. There are loads of opportunities this New Year.
A research by Glassdoor shows that January is the peak month for job search. The first quarter of the year is the best time to search for a job because you will have hiring seasons with full months and also with no major distractions like vacation breaks, holidays, etc.
You should know that everyone that gets a new job this year will also need to be replaced with someone else. So, take note of the fact that most of the jobs you have been dreaming of will be opening within the first quarter of the year. Interesting right?
It is good for you to start out with your job search even this January, do you know why? Let me tell you why with these statistics:
If you have not started searching for jobs this January, you still have time to do that. These hacks will help you search for jobs that will suite you this January:
2. There are more hidden jobs than you imagined
What if I told you that many of your dream jobs are hidden? How would you feel?
According to college recruiters, 80% of job openings are not advertised. Well, it is no news that many job vacancies are “hidden”. I know you may want to ask; why would an employer want to hide a job if the essence of a vacancy is to get someone to fill the position?
Yes, you are correct, but employers and companies may not post a job online for a number of reasons – while some companies don’t advertise job vacancies because of the cost of advertisement, others prefer to get candidates through referrals.
Although some of your dream jobs may be hidden, it still does not put you in a disadvantaged position. Even if these job vacancies are “hidden”, it is very possible for you to find them out.
If you are ready to dig up some of your hidden dream jobs, then you need to follow these hacks:
3. Employers are keen on experience
Every company wants to minimize cost and maximize profit. And with this, employers look forward to hiring candidates that will get right to work as soon as they are employed.
The only way an employer will know that you have the ability to do the job that you applied for is if you have some form of experience to back up your claims.
Surprising enough this days, employers expect entry – level candidates to have some form of experience in the role that they are applying for even if the experience is a short one.
Even if employers are keen on work experience these days, it is also very possible for you land a good job even when you don’t have any experience.
Do you want to know how you can get a job without having a formal experience? See these hacks
There are millions of job seekers searching for the same jobs that you are searching for which makes the competition even more tense.
A research by Glassdoor revealed that in January there are 22% more job applications than in a typical month. This means that employers are getting 22% more job applications than what they will get in other months.
Since employers and recruiters are getting more job applications than what they get in regular months, then job seekers will have to put in extra efforts to prove to employers that they are the best persons for the job.
Proving to a recruiter that you are the best person for the job may not be an easy thing to do, but writing a good cover letter will help you convince the recruiter that you are the best person asides from other candidates.
The cover letter gives you the opportunity to sell your skills and abilities to your prospective employer even more than what you can talk about on CV. If you are keen about how you can refine your cover letter to land a job in 2020, then these hacks are for you.
5. Employers want to hire candidates that will add value to their company
Just as you would love to work with a great company, every employer also would love to hire a candidate that would add value to their company.
So if you are a candidate that would not really add value to a company, employers will probably not like to hire you. Every employer wants a talent that is why they are called “talents” in the first place. So if landing a job is one of your dreams this New Year, then you should work your way to becoming a ‘real talent’.
According to research, 61.2% of employed Nigerians are employed because they are qualified for the jobs that they applied for. This simply means that for you to join the employed population in Nigeria; you have to be qualified for the jobs that you are applying for.
The big question here is how can you make yourself a great talent? Becoming a valuable talent is not something that jumps on you; it is something that requires great work. You make the work even easier if you follow these hacks:
6. Employers Looks Forward to Having a Real Interview
The interview is an opportunity for you to physically tell the recruiter why you think you are the best person for the job.
If you have been allowing your interviews to ride you, then you must think about new strategies this New Year. The job interview is not a time for you to chit-chat with the recruiter or employer, but it is a time for you to show that you have the skills and abilities required to do the job.
If you have been seriously searching for jobs, chances are that you must have gotten loads of job interview invites. While you have priorities, it is important you put in the work for every job interview invite.
Most times, recruiters have lots of candidates to interview for the same position, so if you are not prepared for the interview, you will likely not be chosen even if you have the skills that the recruiter is looking for.
If you are new to the job hunting game, and a bit scared of job interviews, then you are reading the right post. These hacks will help know how you can prepare for job interviews.
Landing the jobs of your dreams can seem like a serious struggle, but with the right information at your finger tips your job search journey will be more bearing.
I know that finding job vacancies may not be an easy thing to do, that is why it is good for you to use job search sites like MyJobMag to narrow your search and take advantage of a wide range of available resources that will bring you a step closer to your dream job.
Speaking about jobs, have you seen top companies hiring this January? I don’t think so. Well, here is a list of top companies in Nigeria hiring this January.
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