Thinking about jumping into the job market? It’s a good idea! In March, the U.S. Dept. of Labor reported a record high 8.1 million job openings across the country. Many companies have remote options and are looking at job applicants in various locations. Let's take a look at how you can take advantage of this boom in jobs.
Search outside your local area
Don't limit yourself to jobs in your local area. With so many employers now fully remote, you can live in one state and work in another without ever having to leave your home. When you set up your job alerts on sites like LinkedIn, create your job search to include other states or cities or use the term remote. By seeking jobs outside your local area, you will have an even bigger pool of jobs to choose from.
Update your resume
Update your resume before you start applying for jobs. Making small tweaks can really set you above the competition. Highlight unique experiences and skills. Use numbers and results to draw attention to your job achievements. For example, have you helped increase open rates on marketing emails? Include that percentage or percentage increase!
Don't skip the cover letter
There is a lot of conflicting advice on whether to include a cover letter or not with your job application. Cover letters can help you stand out when so many people are not submitting them. To make the most of a cover letter, keep it short and use bullets to make it easily scannable. Ensure you read and re-read your cover letter to look for any typos and spelling errors. There has never been a better time to be a job seeker.
It’s easy to read a job description and find ways that it doesn’t fit what you’re looking for or your exact skillset. Because there are so many open positions right now, consider reaching out to the recruiter or simply applying for the position anyway. Things like schedule, salary, or desired skills are negotiable, especially if an employer needs to fill multiple positions.
So, start your research, prep your resume, and stay open to new opportunities!