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Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist

 

I took a call from a candidate last week that was asking me if anyone anywhere is hiring? They are tired of their current role, but their impression of the market is that nobody is getting hired. Without question, finding new roles is more challenging than it was earlier this year.  But hiring has not stopped, it’s just more challenging. Here is what has changed in the job market from our view.

More Candidates Competing For Roles

At the start of the year, we were still in a candidate-driven employment market. This means businesses usually had to get aggressive to find ways to pull candidates from their current roles to jump into a new one.  Businesses were doing everything possible to protect their top talent and keep them in their current roles. Today, the landscape has changed, with so many people laid off or furloughed there is generally more competition for roles.  The challenge candidates have today is standing out from the crowd.

Employers Have Lost Some Flexibility

With the economic realities businesses face today, they are, generally speaking, going to be a little more conservative in their approach to hiring. They cannot afford to make a mistake or take chances. Landing your new role will depend on how well your resume represents how you could be successful in the role the company is hiring for and how prepared are you for the interview? Today, candidates are now the ones who need to be flexible. For the past couple of years, candidates were in a better position to negotiate their employment. Today, companies simply don’t have the same economic freedom they had earlier this year.

Resumes Matter

While good resumes always matter, in an employee-driven market they matter a little less. With fewer candidates in the market, you can get by with an average resume. That is not the case now. Don’t get me wrong, if you are good and have the skill set I need for a role, you will still get contacted. But with the increased competition in the market for the best roles, you need a resume that can rise up to beat the competition. As mentioned before, tangible results are very important. But so is making the resume easy to read, understandable, and easy to follow. Don’t allow me to assume anything, don’t leave me with questions on your skills or time spent in a role. Help me, help you, by making me believe you are a reasonable candidate for the position. Your resume, if done correctly, can do that. Help tell your story to the hiring manager that you have the skills needed to be successful in the role they are hiring for.

Finally, like Gail Devers says – “Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” Believe in yourself. Know where you want to go professionally, know what your value in the market is, know who you are, and the type of role that is right for you. While there are many people struggling today for a variety of reasons, don’t stop believing in who you are and what you can accomplish. You are not alone. It is important that all candidates know that you matter, you have value, and you can get through this time period! Keep fighting and keep going!

 

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