Part 1: Navigating the job search during the talent shortage
Part 2: Put an emphasis on soft skills and accomplishments.
Part 3: Think beyond the interview; your next job audition could be anywhere.
Look at your calendar for the week. Chances are, you're going to be auditioning for your next job somewhere in there and you don't even know it.
In a talent shortage, companies get more creative about hiring and they rely heavily on word-of-mouth and referrals. Not everyone looking to hire you will be wearing a big, bright sticker that reads "HIRING MANAGER" or "RECRUITER." That means your peers, casual business partners, networking professionals and LinkedIn connections are just as likely to be on the lookout for the best, brightest talent to bring into the fold. You should never be surprised to hear a contact ask you if you're happy in your current position.
Our advice? Be prepared to handle these conversations with confidence and a clear sense of what you're looking for and what would convince you to make a move. A conversation with a trusted friend or colleague, or a recruiter, can help you put these goals and desires in perspective—think of it as a practice run. This way, you will be ready to meet those probing questions with self-assured answers.
Speaking of recruiters, they are stepping out from behind the job fair booths and event sponsorship tables to mix and mingle. They're looking for you, and they're not afraid to block off time on their calendar to find you. You never know when you might become their top target. This is a great thing—especially if you expect it and are ready to impress.
Part 4: Make yourself visible.
Part 5: Thinking about a new start with an old company?
Part 6: Consider the non-financial incentives of making a move.
Part 7: Find a true, mutually beneficial learning culture.