The news is full of reports about unemployment statistics, a possible increase in hiring in the New Year and when and how fast the economy might recover. Naturally, many job seekers comb through this news hoping for information that will help with their job search.
Will reading predictions and expert insights about what lies ahead really change how you go about your job search? Probably not. Even when the economy was at its worst, people were getting hired every day and at all levels. Most successful job seekers apply job search techniques that are independent of the economy and unemployment stats. Stats do not help you get hired. So, what will work in the New Year? Here is what job seekers need to know to succeed in 2012:
Strategy Creates a Winning Advantage
Regardless of how quickly the economy recovers, competition for available jobs will continue. Job seekers with a strategic and multifaceted approach are more likely to succeed than those who focus primarily on advertised jobs.
Having a positive mindset allows job seekers to bring energy to the search. It also shows in networking encounters, interviews and other job search activities. Negativity shows just as easily and quickly dooms your chances. Job seekers who find ways to be optimistic in the New Year will increase their chances of success.
Trends in 2012
Here are some other trends job seekers can expect in the year ahead:
- Booms in some job types, busts in others. For success be sure you are targeting a job field that is still robust and realistic in the changing economy. See “Hot Careers of 2012.”
- Increased use of social media by recruiters and hiring companies. For success make smart use of Twitter, LinkedIn and even Facebook.
- Controlled use of job boards for posting openings. For success, limit time spent on this avenue.
- Hiring at big, medium and small companies. Economists and experts differ significantly in their predictions about who will return to hiring fastest. For success, target all three in your job search.
- Increased use of temporary workers. Whether it’s uncertainty about the economy or as a way to build flexibility, companies will favor hiring short term workers. For success, pursue temporary positions and make the most of each opportunity to build experience and demonstrate your abilities.
The Time is Right for New Diligence
With the hopeful prediction of the economy for the New Year, there will be more movements and activities in the job market. Not only for the unemployed, but also those who are looking to improve their current jobs, will be jumping into the market. Employed or not, job seekers who bring energy and diligence to their search stand a better chance. Consider using Jobfully’s Job Search Productivity Suite to make every minute count.
Awareness of news is part of your job search, but avoid spending too much time tracking the latest reports. Invest your time in activities that will increase your chances for success in the New Year.