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How To Stand Out In A Competitive Job Market

How To Stand Out In A Competitive Job Market

The good news is companies are hiring! The hard part is, we are seeing more willing applicants than ever. 2020 significantly changed the hiring landscape, and we are seeing those effects play out in the hiring market now. In light of this competitive job market, I wanted to share some of the latest interviewing and hiring trends and best practices to navigate seeking employment.

2021 Job Market Trends 

First, we need to talk about the job market. More jobs open up every day, with states across the country reopening at an increasingly faster pace and mandates being rolled back or removed. Many of these jobs are backfilled with candidates laid off or furloughed in 2020 and are nearly filling themselves. However, there is a tremendous number of new jobs opening as well. This can result in candidates not returning to previous employers, changes in the companies hiring needs, and numerous other company-related factors. As a result, people are ready to get back to work and even confidently changing their careers. Overall, there is a sense of urgency and excitement amongst candidates and hiring managers.

Candidate Challenges

While a competitive job market is a good thing for employers, it can create challenges for candidates seeking employment. Finding a way to stand out is critical. First, you have to always assume you are in competition for the position you are pursuing. There are generally several strong candidates and many unqualified candidates applying for the same position as you. Just browsing LinkedIn, many of the job posts have hundreds of applicants in the first few days, resulting in a talent acquisition professional qualifying the resumes. The best and easiest way to stand out is having a recruiter represent you for the position.

The Benefits of Partnering With A Recruiter

Working with a recruiter to find your next job will do several things. A recruiter will have already done an initial screening with you to ensure your qualifications, experience, location, and desired compensation align with the company’s needs. Secondly and most importantly, a great recruiter will already have a relationship with the company. This essentially can result in you “skipping the line.” (The line being those other 100 applicants currently waiting for a response!) Suppose you are not working with a recruiter. In that case, I recommend connecting with some of the company’s hiring team on LinkedIn. Then, ensure your resume is incredibly clear and concise with directly related experience to the job listing.

Navigating the job market is tough for anyone. If you are a company looking to hire, I strongly recommend connecting with a recruiting agency specializing in your industry for the best and quickest result. If you’re on the job market, make sure to do significant due diligence on the company you are applying for. Partnering with a recruiter to represent you and share new opportunities with you may be your quickest way to landing new employment in a competitive job market. Reach out to me, let’s work together.

Job Market Insights From An Industry Expert

Job Market Insights From An Industry Expert

Today we’re speaking with Krista Portolesi, Division Lead for Johnson Search Group’s Banking and Finance Team. She has experience working with banks both big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest. Krista is also a two-time winner of our coveted Account Executive of the Year Award and the latest to earn our “Circle of Achievement Award” for one million dollars of career cash-in. Krista gives us some insights into the current job market and what we can expect throughout the rest of 2021.

Your accomplishments are impressive! What do you think has contributed to your success in recruiting over the years?

I’ve really established myself in the financial services industry, so I’ve built up my client base as well as my network of talent, so it’s been a great balance. Many of my clients are motivated to hire, so they have a great hiring process and will move quickly to secure top talent. The tools we use at JSG to find the best candidates have certainly contributed to my success in identifying the right people for the critical positions I fill.

What are you hearing from hiring managers regarding their hiring plans for this year?

A lot of hiring managers are optimistic about the job market in 2021 and that hiring is not slowing down. Some trends I am seeing are an increase in contract work to help carry the workload. Whether it’s a long-term IT project, a short term mortgage contract to help with the influx of loans, or even a contract to hire position in the accounting department, we can help!

What skills do you think hiring managers will be prioritizing in 2021?

Since most employees are still working remotely, they’re looking for self-starters, good communicators, someone who works efficiently and collaboratively. Adaptability will be huge for 2021. We anticipate some will go back in-office once things start to open up again.

Senior Vice President of Johnson Search Group, Perry Paden, shared, “Krista started in October of 2016 and is one of the most dedicated recruiters that I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my 35 years in the staffing industry. Krista’s thirst for knowledge, market savvy, and dedication to her clients and candidates go above and beyond what they expect. Krista has worked hard to balance home life with work life, and she has certainly achieved that. Congratulations, Krista, and I look forward to 2021 and beyond.”

Want more information on working with Krista or Johnson Search Group for your next critical hire? Contact us today, and let’s start a conversation about how we can help build your future.