The U.S. Labor Department recently reported that there are currently 10.9 million job openings – the highest mark since the recording of this metric in 2000. However, the department estimates that the number of unemployed Americans is over 8 million people. As this disparity continues to grow, so does the competitiveness of the labor market. If you are looking to make a career move during this time, you need to go the extra mile in your job search, and here’s how you can do that.
Add additional application materials
As you apply for jobs online, most companies have a web portal or third-party job hosting site to collect applications. These applications typically require your basic contact details, resume, EEOC information, and sometimes your references. But that’s not enough in today’s market. In the application process, there is often a space to include additional information. It may be tempting to skip this step to move on to the next job listing, but this area will help you go the extra mile in your job search. Add that “optional” cover letter, submit some certifications, writing samples, examples of work, or even a personal website. Adding these documents may be a little more work, but it’s almost guaranteed to help your stand out from your competition.
Connect with the hiring professional
If you are submitting resume after resume with no luck, it’s time to stick your next out a little bit. You can easily go the extra mile by reaching out to the hiring manager or recruiter working on the role you are applying for. After you submit your resume and fill out the job application, reach out to the hiring professional. Try connecting with them on LinkedIn or shoot them a brief email. In your message, introduce yourself, share the role you applied for, and attach your resume. By personally connecting with the hiring professional, you will increase the likelihood of your resume being seen by human eyes and not just stuck in an ATS.
Partner with a recruiter
Have you thought about working with a recruiter? Third-party recruiters, like the ones at JSG, have strong relationships without our clients. We receive exclusive job orders and can help match your qualifications and career goals with exciting opportunities. So, if you are ready to go the extra mile with your job search, reach out to us today! We have dozens of exciting opportunities across the country and will work with you to find the next step in your career.