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Posted By: Eva Grabner | on October 27 2021

The Skills for Success when Job Hunting in 2022

There is no denying that 2020 and even 2021 has been challenging year for many, and COVID-19 has had a huge effect on everything we do in the world of work.  We are now working differently, prioritising differently and even collaborating differently.  If you are looking for work in the 2022 job market, it will require a strategic and determined effort to stand out from the crowd.  You must think outside the square and you must be willing to spend the time on each and every application you submit.

Here are my top tips to help you in your job search in 2022:

Your Resume – you must ensure that your resume clearly sells your experience and skills. List your achievements in previous roles and express how your key strengths can add value to the job you are applying for.  Include a brief cover letter and ask a trusted friend or family member to review before you send it.

Your Applications – Don’t use the same resume/CV in every application. Every employer is different and will be looking for different skills and experience.  Research the organisation and read the advert clearly.  Ensure you have addressed the key criteria that they have outlined.  Tailor both your resume and cover letter accordingly.  Want to impress?  Address the cover letter to the person accepting applications.  If it is not listed on the application, call the company and ask who is managing the process.

Your Interview – Preparing for your interview is key.  Research the organisation, the team and, most importantly, the people interviewing you (most likely your future manager).  Sell yourself.  Don’t be afraid to expand on some of your key achievements. Lastly, have some questions of your own to ask at the end.  It’s perfectly acceptable to walk into an interview with a notebook and refer to your notes/questions when you need to.

2020/2021 – Many people will have gaps during the past two years, and most people won’t go into much detail as to why they were not working that year as many others have been in the same situation.  However, you may be asked how you spent your time or what you learnt from your experiences during the past year.  Did you develop and upskill yourself, did you join an association, volunteer at a local charity or complete further education or a short course?  Showing how you used your time productively demonstrates an impressive commitment to your field.

Your LinkedIn Profile – Is it up to date?  Have you grown your network in your proven field, followed relevant content/experts and contributed to content?  If not, ensure that you have done so.  Follow the companies that you are interested in working for, find out more about their employees and like or comment relevant content.

Be Flexible – This goes for many aspects of a role, but be aware of what the salary that is on offer may be.  This will change depending on the location, level of responsibility, etc.  Do your due diligence – you can even call a trusted recruiter – but make sure you are aware of what the market value is for that position.  Many companies have pre-set salary ranges for a given position and will offer within that range according to your experience.  If you are working with a recruiter, let them know you are open to negotiation or if there are other benefits that you would like.  Some people prefer more flexible working options and many companies are now offering working from home options for a few days per week.

Remember, adaptability is key when job hunting.  We wish you every success in your job search.

Eva Grabner
Managing Director
Elite Executive Pty Ltd
Cairns | Brisbane

Eva has been working in the executive and professional recruitment industry for nearly 15 years. She is a highly professional and driven Managing Director and Principal Recruiter with a wealth of recruitment experience across a multitude of industries. Her previous experience includes executive leadership and senior management-level operational roles throughout the world. What stands out as soon as you meet her is her passion for what she does. She is a proud Cairns local and solo parent to her son, Kai.