As 2020 comes to an end, you might be thinking ahead to what 2021 has in store for you, and rightly so. One of the key moments that defined 2020 was the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. It changed life as we know it, including how we work.

For many, coronavirus affected job security, with the number of working fathers and mothers dropping by 5.6% and 4.9%, respectively. Not only that, but the pandemic left many job seekers with major concerns over the future of their employment prospects.

So, before you apply for your next job, you should consider using the following tips to help you find a new job in 2021. Without further ado, let’s get to it.

Brush Up Your CV

Chances are you will be required to submit an application including your resume and cv before you are considered for employment. As a candidate, your resume must be near perfect. So, how does your current CV look like?

It would be best if your application were free from errors. This is important because multiple surveys have shown that 59% of all hiring managers reject a candidate’s application because of poor grammar or spelling errors. Not only that, but half of all recruiting managers reject candidates because of cliches in the resume.

It is therefore crucial that you thoroughly work on your resume before handing over your application—which begs the question: How do I rewrite my resume? If refining your resume yourself is not an option, you can ask professional resume writers to do so. Such services will save you valuable time.

Additionally, 68% of those who had their resume professionally written secured employment after 90 days. So, it would be in your best interest to use such services to increase your employment odds in 2021.

Remain Positive

It is understandable if you are deflated and discouraged after a bad 2020. But as the old saying goes, ‘if at first, you don’t succeed, you have to push yourself back up, try and try again.

After many failed attempts in 2020, you can be left feeling pretty low. But the key is to remain patient and positive throughout the entire process.

It goes without saying that the more applications you send out, the better your chances of being called up for an interview. Even if you don’t get called up for an interview, try as much as possible to remain positive.

Besides, you will have gained valuable experience to help you in future job applications or even interviews. Continue applying and be patient. 

Do Your Research and Apply For Jobs Selectively

It would be incorrect to say that no industry has been left unscathed by COVID-19. So, this means that maybe a handful of employers are actually hiring. Regardless, it would be best if you did your homework and found out which companies are hiring.

As much as many sectors in the United States have suffered, some have seen an increase in business. Research and get to find out if they are hiring.

As mentioned earlier, the more applications you send out, the better for your employment prospects. However, applying for all the positions that come your way might not be the best job-hunting approach.

In fact, this could be the easiest way to get discouraged and stop applying for jobs. Careful research and selection are essential when searching for jobs. Organize your job search using unique keywords and focus on your selected positions.

Build Your Skills and Add them to Your Portfolio

While you are waiting for employment applications or feedback in 2021, you should be finding new skills to add to your existing ones. For instance, if you are not fully knowledgeable with respect to Microsoft office, now is the perfect time to start learning, and rightly so.

According to multiple surveys, proficiencies or competencies in Microsoft Excel is one of the most searched for technological skills. They don’t have to be technical skills, but they have to be relevant to your profession.

Know what skills are in demand and work towards building on them.

Get Familiar with Virtual Software

As you already know, the current pandemic changed our entire approach to work. Social distancing has forced businesses to look for new solutions. For instance, in the USA alone, 42% of the whole workforce shifted to working from home after the coronavirus outbreak.

Also, 40% of employment tasks in the United States can be completed at home. We are seeing a new revolution as more and more businesses make the jump to remote work solutions.

As a result, it would be in your best interest to familiarize yourself with virtual software. Many job sectors are using such software for communication and the completion of tasks. To make yourself more valuable in the job market, get comfortable with virtual tools.

Leverage Your Network

Not all jobs are advertised online. In fact, some estimates predict that up to 70% of all positions are not published on public job search sites and gazettes. So, where does that leave you?

Career networking is a concept that involves the use of personal, professional, and academic contacts to help job seekers achieve their career goals. It is through networking that you will come across these positions that are not advertised.

Not only is networking a good way to find out about employment opportunities, but it can also help you with your next occupation. Studies have shown that networking can increase your odds of landing your next job by up to 60%.

So, as a job-hunting tip, it would be wise to reach out to previous acquaintances in your contact list at a professional level. The good news is that there are many ways to this. For instance, LinkedIn is a great platform when it comes to networking.

Not only that, but staffing managers are most likely to rely on linked in. 77% of all recruiters reach out to prospective candidates through LinkedIn. So, put yourself out there and get connected.

Keep an Open Mind and Be Flexible

Lastly, go into all employment applications with an open mind. Coronavirus has changed the way we work, and as a result, you should also be open to change. It would be best for you if you started thinking outside the box.

Having an open mind and being flexible will ultimately result in more career opportunities for you. So, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Conclusion

For many, 2021 is a sign of better things to come with regards to job employment. However, getting work during the current pandemic won’t be easy. Fortunately, with the tips listed above, getting a new job in 2021 should be fairly easier.

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