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Finding a job in 2017. What you need to know.

Finding a job in 2017. What you need to know.

Did you wake up on New Year’s Day intent on finding a new job? We’re here to help if you did. Read on as we canvas some of the nitty gritty of getting a new job in 2017.

We’re living in a new paradigm when it comes to jobs. To find a place for yourself in tomorrow’s workforce you’ll need to adapt, as well as brush up on skills you already have.

To find a place for yourself in tomorrow’s workforce you'll need to adapt, as well as brush up on skills you already have

What hasn’t changed for candidates in all industries is the basics of job hunting. So first let us remind you of some of the basics that are just as important in 2017 as the past:

  • Boost your soft skills. Employers in all fields want good communication, problem solving abilities, critical thinking and the ability to interact with colleagues, customers, and suppliers.
  • Be prepared. Do your background, practice, and have well-researched interview questions to help find out if the job is for you, says Andrew Brushfield, director at Robert Half.
  • Follow up and ask for feedback. Always make contact following an interview. That shows you’re keen and it could help sway the organisation in your favour or at least put your face first when the next suitable role arises. The feedback you receive can help you navigate the next job application/interview better.

SEEK asked recruiters for more tips to help candidates secure a new job in 2017:

  • Robert Half: Andrew Brushfield, a director at Robert Half says specialisation is key to a successful 2017 job hunt. Digitisation is changing the desired skillset for finance and many other professionals. Well-developed IT skills are also becoming essential for those who want to get ahead in many industries. “This means jobseekers will need to upgrade their skillsets to keep in-line with growing industry demand for specialists and display their well-adept IT and analytical skills during the interview process,” he says.

    Candidates should always give examples of their soft skills when responding to job interview questions, says Brushfield. This means going beyond the usual “I have great communication skills” and presenting anecdotes that demonstrate your flair for using soft skills. “For example, candidates can talk about a time in a previous role when they helped a client accept a necessary compromise.”
  • Hays: Adam Shapley, senior regional director at Hays says that his best piece of big picture advice for candidates looking for a new job in 2017 is to mine your network. Ask friends, family, and contacts for advice and/or to review your resume. “It is the absolute key,” says Shapley. Encourage open and honest feedback about who you are, what you do well, what you could do more of and the openings in their organisation or industry.

    You must get past your public face and personal brand and get to know yourself if you really want to extract maximum value from your hard-won network, says Shapley. “Having an understanding of how others view your abilities can get you a long way.” Taking criticism like a champ can only improve your chances. Employing this approach is doubly useful because invariably something arises once your contacts are aware of what you’re looking for and your name is the one they remember. So reconnect with your old colleagues and managers and get out to as many networking events as you can.

For more advice on job hunting, check out SEEK’s Advice & Tips