Despite already being halfway into 2022, the Great Resignation shows no signs of letting up. Since the start of the year, approximately four million people have quit their jobs every month.
While this is less than ideal for companies hoping to recoup losses, it’s a very advantageous time for employees that are looking for greener pastures. With over 11 million job openings today, many employees are hopeful that the Great Resignation is finally their chance to better their careers in general.
But while this unprecedented time is opening up new opportunities for employees, there are still some critical tips that savvy workers should apply to maximize their search.
Here are some of them:
- Create compelling resumes
- Be open to career changes
- Optimize the negotiation stages
- Find a reliable mentor
1. Create compelling resumes
As times are changing, so should your way of presenting yourself. Remember, although employers are racing to onboard talent, the employment market is still highly competitive. One way to get ahead is to make the most of today’s tech in order to create compelling resumes and portfolios.
In this way, a company will immediately see that you’re updated, tech-savvy, and capable. One of the most compelling ways to do this is by creating a video resume.
An eye-catching medium that is also becoming more popular in the industry, a video resume that is short, relevant, and creative can represent you more effectively and efficiently than traditional paper or text-heavy versions. Just keep in mind that it’s still the best practice to have several types of resumes, so you can cater to numerous employers.
2. Be open to career changes
Inarguably, now is the best time to explore different careers that you may have been too afraid to try before. Many industries are morphing, and their need for new talent means there are a lot of opportunities even for those without prior experience. This can work very well in your favor, especially if you’ve exhausted all options in your previous field.
Recently, up to 32% of those currently unemployed have said they’re looking for work in a different industry. Similarly, one-third of all current workers under the age of 40 have said they’re considering switching careers or industries too.
Therefore, whether you’re also seriously looking to switch careers or not, it’s still important to be open to this shift. In this way, you are better able to take advantage of employment shifts, socio-economic trends, and the burgeoning of employee benefits.
3. Optimize the negotiation stages
One old employment issue that many workers still struggle with is changing job requirements during onboarding. When this happens, employees in the negotiation stage suddenly find themselves being evaluated for a different scope of work than what they signed up for. This unfair shift usually ends up with employees once again working in jobs they’re unsatisfied with.
To prevent this, it’s important to understand your power as early as possible. During the first few stages of your assessment, LHH recommends practicing negotiation strategies that will ensure you get into a job you’re fit for and happy with.
This includes setting similar employer assessment milestones wherein you also relay your concerns and evaluations of the job to the prospective employer. Aside from this, you should also ask about your benefits (personal and professional) upfront. Many job hunters feel too embarrassed to ask this for fear of sounding demanding. But clarifying this early on ensures that you are also cementing a well-rounded employee development plan.
4. Find a reliable mentor
While not absolutely necessary, having a mentor can be a professional gamechanger. In fact, according to employee surveys, 76% think that mentors are important but less than 40% have one. What’s more, employees who have mentors report feeling happier and more fulfilled at their jobs than those who don’t.
Previously, though, it was harder to find mentors because many companies lacked mentorship programs. In today’s climate, though, most companies are beefing up their perks and benefits, so mentorship programs can definitely be on the table. Even if it’s not initially offered as one of the perks a prospective employer offers, it doesn’t hurt to broach this topic yourself.
By doing so, you’re putting yourself one step closer to a more promising work setup that is essential in the current rapidly changing employment landscape.
The Great Resignation is a time like no other for employees. That said, it doesn’t immediately promise success and prosperity. In order for workers to use this moment to their advantage, it’s essential to stay relevant, prepared, and ready to negotiate for a better professional future.