Want a job? Hunt during this October.
According to the LinkedIn blog, October is when the hiring season is in overdrive, and so it’s the best time of year to look for a new job. There are more available job postings on LinkedIn in October than any other month. What’s more, 89% of hiring managers tell us it takes less than four weeks to fill a role, so if you start your search now, you could be in a new position before Turkey day.
LinkedIn states that they have over 20 million jobs where employers are currently hiring. That’s a lot of jobs! Surely there is one job you’d love to have.
When I was encouraging my career counseling client today, Sameen, I told her that as a Baby Boomer returning to work, she’d find many opportunities are available. She hasn’t worked in several years but had returned to school to update her skills. She was an ideal applicant many employers would love as she been an accountant before she stopped working to care for elderly parents. She was shocked to hear that LinkedIn had over 20 million jobs available on its website. Indeed.com has even more than that on their website.
Here are some essential strategies to implement if you hope to take advantage of this hiring spree this October.
· Narrow your job search. The LinkedIn search tool is designed to make your search easier and help you find the job that’s right for you. Use the search filters to narrow by job function, experience level, industry, or company; or even keywords like “remote work.” Be sure you check that you use the right words to search for your job. The more in line with how employers list the job, the better. So instead of searching the job “writer,” you might narrow it and search for “Content Writer” thus eliminating many technical writing jobs you aren’t interested in. Likewise, instead of “Sales Manager,” you include the level of experience to “Mid-Senior level” to narrow the job opportunities.
· LOOK on MONDAY. LinkedIn says that the #1 day for hiring managers to post opportunities is Monday, so be on the lookout at the beginning of the week for new job postings. Professionals who are among the first 25 to apply to a role are 3x more likely to land the job, so being an early applicant gives you a clear advantage. That means clear your Monday evenings to applying for these jobs. They are brand new and have been posted that day, so you want to jump ahead of the crowd.
· Show off your skills. LinkedIn has just added a new way to demonstrate that you have vital technical skills. More than 85% of employers say that skills will be increasingly more critical for hiring talent in the future, and nearly 90% think vetting a candidate’s skills is crucial in the hiring process. To help you stand out to potential employers, validate your skills with the new LinkedIn Skill Assessments. You can test, verify, and highlight skills — ranging from Microsoft Excel to Adobe Photoshop to Python — giving you the chance to showcase what you know. LinkedIn awards you a badge, thus making you more discoverable by employers. In fact, early results show a 30% improvement in the likelihood of getting hired with a completed LinkedIn Skill Assessment.
· Have your Résumé and Cover Letter ready. To be able to apply quickly, you need the tools all up-to-date. The résumé needs to be results and accomplishment orientated. Stress how you have saved time or money, made the company money, added some process or system improvements, or created something new. If you have completed a new degree or certificate training emphasize that. You should be keeping your resume to 2 pages. Focus on the last 5-7 years since employers care most about your recent experience.
There has never been a better time than this October to job hunt –and land — your next position.