If you are looking to get hired in 2020 you are in a very good position. It’s a brand new decade! So many possibilities. So many options.
Unemployments rates are at a record low. Interest rates are also low so it’s easier for start-ups to get funded. Remote work is more of a possibility than ever before.
You have a lot of options and the more strategic you are the faster you will land your new job or reach your career goal.
Being Strategic to Get Hired in 2020
Do you have the skills?
Low unemployments rates are a great thing. However, many companies are struggling to find the right talent for the job openings they have. This is leading to a national (or possibly global) shift to offer more opportunities to remote workers. Employers are having to go outside the normal employee base to find the right talent. While working remotely sounds like a dream to some people, securing this type of job can be harder. There are a lot of things to consider and you have to prove that you can:
- manage your time well
- work with little to no direction
- master the technology required to work remotely
- collaborate with other remote workers and team members
- combat the loneliness and isolation that can occur working alone
If you are going after a remote position it is very important you demonstrate the skills for remote work in addition to the skills and knowledge you have for the specific position.
Do your research!
Spend time researching the companies you are interested in applying to. Find out as much as you can about their company culture. The trend toward desirable company culture is increasing and you are likely to hear more and more about it. Companies have been rethinking their culture in order to attract the top talent they are seeking. You need to decide if the company is a good fit for you just as much as they need to decide if you are a good fit for them. Ask yourself if you will get along in their work environment and more importantly, will you thrive?
Does their culture align with your values?
Consider contract and contingent work
In addition to remote work, or certain forms of it, companies will be relying more and more on contractors and contingent workers to fill needs. Contingent work, casual work, or contract work, has limited job security. Payment is based on piece work or by project. It is typically part time and is considered non-permanent. Although there is less job security, freelancers often report incomes higher than their former traditional jobs.
It is also a really good way to get job training, gain experience, and get your foot in the door.
A New Decade
During the 2020s we will continue to experience many changes in how the workplace looks, how we use and interact with technology, and how we communicate with remote workers. The more you can prepare yourself for these changes, anticipate them, embrace them, and demonstrate to potential employers you are ready–the more valuable you will be.
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