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It might be a candidate's market but that doesn't mean...

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

In Australia right now there is low unemployment in what might be described as a candidate's market. There are lots of jobs, and not enough people to fill them.

So it's a great time for job seekers as well as those who aren't actively job hunting to find a new role.

You may have been approached about roles via LinkedIn (I know I have) and this might have you thinking. Maybe it's time for a change?

BUT just because someone offers you a new role, or encourages you to apply for a new role, it doesn't mean you should.

It's important to be STRATEGIC and INTENTIONAL about your next career move - and not just apply for it because someone asked you, or you meet the selection criteria, or your boss/friend/partner thinks it's the right move for you.

You need to make sure your next role is something you truly want to do and think will meet your needs.

It's a good idea to do some brainstorming around what you want out of a job. Would it be a challenge? Interesting? Would it give you respect? Creativity? Social interaction? Work-Life balance? Is it something that aligns with your values?

We are all different and want different things out of work. So work out what YOU want and need.

It's important to be proactive, not reactive in your job hunt.

Because it's quite likely you'll get said new role, and you don't want to end up in a job that you want to quit in 3 months' time.

Which brings me to my second BUT... just because it's a candidate's market, it doesn't mean your resume can terrible.

Most resumes I see are terrible - dated, poor design, and not selling the applicant at all.

Which is fine if you are applying for any old job and don't care if you get it.

However, if you are strategic and intentional with the jobs you apply for, as discussed above, you'll be applying for roles that you really want.

So you need to make sure your resume (and LinkedIn) sells you - your unique selling points, skills and achievements - so that you win the role that you really want.

So it's time to dust off the resume [read my other articles and blog posts for inspiration] and choose your next move. Good luck!

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