12,500 U.S. employers report 2019 job forecasts in the double-digits across industries like business, transportation, hospitality, and others, according to one recent employment survey. That being said, companies are creating optimistic hiring plans for the new year – welcome news for job seekers looking to make a change.
Low unemployment means high job seeker confidence, and as the technological landscape continues to evolve and innovate, candidates are becoming more and more concerned with how the job search is occurring in 2019.
We know this can already be a stressful time – and we’re here to help. Our recruiters are offering up their top tips to help you find the right career fit for you this year.
NETWORK OUTSIDE THE BOX
“Leverage your network (*This includes your ETS Recruiter), and remember: not all networking happens face to face. Extend your online presence and make new connections. Whether it’s in person, on the phone, or online, at the end of the day it’s all relationship building. Wherever you’re having the conversation, if it’s related to your job search, make it count.” – Bryce, Professional Search Recruiter
“When it comes to the interview, be proactive – about what they’ll ask you, but also about what you’ll ask them. This is your chance to show you really know your stuff. You can’t anticipate everything, but if you can spend some extra time brainstorming or researching potential questions you might be asked and how you might answer them, you’ll feel more confident going in.” – Bill, Professional Search Recruiter
BRUSH UP ON SOFT SKILLS
“As you prepare to tackle your job search, take inventory of your skills. Communication, time management, work ethic, leadership, teamwork – sometimes these are all called “soft skills”, but they’re just as important when it comes to getting the job done. Understand how you work with others and be able to communicate the importance of it to employers.” – Josh, Industrial Recruiter
OPTIMIZE YOUR RESUME
“Don’t go wild with those online generators, but do make sure your resume is streamlined, organized, and maximized to grab the reader’s attention. That means no spelling errors or grammatical mistakes, please! And if you’re uploading your resume online, be sure to save the document with your name in the title so it can easily be linked back to you. It’s a small thing, but it shows respect for the hiring manager’s time early on in the application process.” – Del, Senior Industrial Recruiter
FACE YOUR LINKEDIN… ONCE AND FOR ALL
“When it comes to the basics of your digital footprint, getting your LinkedIn in order can do wonders. If you’re not one for social networks, start big. Pay attention to your headline, title, and profile picture – these are the first things viewers see. Beyond that, make sure that when they click on your profile the information is current and accurately reflects your experiences. Hiring managers go online to learn more about candidates – it’s just a reality in 2019. Know that what they find could make or break your potential for an offer.” – Lauren, Office/Admin Recruiter
“Master time management skills that empower you to stay vigilant, committed, and consistent in your search – especially if you’re simultaneously maintaining another job. Set small, manageable goals and celebrate successes to keep yourself motivated along the way. If you’re partnering with a recruiter, keep them as updated as possible, and they’ll do the same. We’re here to help you stay on track and we want to see you succeed.” – Tyler, Recruiter, Burlington
TRY AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO
“A written resume is standard, but don’t be afraid to branch out and become more tech savvy, no matter your industry. Online portfolios are a convenient way to showcase your skills, and there are free resources and platforms online that make for simple creation and design. Be creative, but always stay authentic and professional when communicating your career story to employers.” – Nicole, Recruiter, Burlington