Statistics show that:
There are only 30% of active job seekers of the global workforce (LinkedIn).
The first reason why people change jobs is career opportunity (LinkedIn).
60 % of jobs are found through networking- not online (TopResume)
77% of recruiters rely on LinkedIn (LinkedIn)
Only about 5 out 250 applicants get called for an interview, therefore applying to more jobs increases your chance of getting a job (TopResume)
Interview with a job seeker:
I interviewed a recent graduate, to find out how their experience of job search, the participant explained that the process of searching for a job has been difficult especially because of the current situation of the job market. The participant explained that she does feel frustrated as she has been putting so much time into doing the application and no job has been getting back to her which is impacting her mental health. The participant did explain that using bright network has made the process easy.
Tips for job seekers:
Connect with people in your field on LinkedIn.
Research companies that you are interested in and connect with the directors and manager of the company on LinkedIn, explain that you are interested in the company.
When speaking to a manager you should explain who you are, what you studied, your skills, your experience and what you are looking to get out of the conversation. It is important to have questions prepared, know what you want to learn from the conservation.
The more jobs you apply to, the higher the chance of you getting a job (TopResum)
Get organised, use spreadsheets to help you know what jobs you have applied to, what jobs have called you for an interview and when the deadlines.
Take care of your mental health, as the process of job search can be stressful therefore it might be helpful to do breathing exercises, walk and run.
Explain who you are, what you studied, your skills, your experience and what you are looking to get out of the conversation. It is important to have questions prepared, know what you want to learn from the conservation.
Be kind to yourself.
Work hard and you will get a job, you are not alone.
People provided us with advice that they would give to their younger self:
"Don't be scared to take Opportunities, you don't know what doors you are leaving Closed or what dreams are behind them". Hyacinth Myers.
‘Don’t worry about a career break when you become a mum. It all works out!’ Gemma Young, Founder of @womenoffintech
"Be kinder to people. Read more books. Don't spend your whole life working." Nigel Temple
.Don’t worry about having it all figured out, be mindful of advice and don’t conform. Lee Chambers
I'd tell myself "Your 'I can' always needs to be bigger than your 'I can't'". This sentiment is inspired by one of my go-to mentors - Robin Sharma. Sally Giblin
Resources available to job seekers:
LinkedIn- LinkedIn is a networking tool, therefore it's important that you have a professional picture.
LMF Network CIC does many events to help students and job seekers get all the help they need. LMF Network CIC has done events on topics like networking, interview preparation and sharpening your LinkedIn and Cv. Luckily the recording of the events are available on LMF Network CIC YouTube channel.