How to Beat the Job Market Competition?

There are more and more people entering the job market every year. Job Market Competition is becoming tougher. Companies with job openings are happy, why shouldn’t they, with a bigger pool of talent to select from.

In my several years of career counseling experience, I have come across three types of people in the job market. In this post, I am sharing characteristics of these.

Job Seekers

Most entry level persons are in this category. They cut n paste CVs. Send CVs abruptly to almost every job opening, without considering their scope, education and interest. They are looking to start a job as soon as possible. They do not understand their strengths or weaknesses, poorly position themselves for future growth. Worst in salary negotiation and generally lack long-term commitment with a job, which is considered the most negative approach in the professional world. Since they are in the habit of sending our CVs on a regular basis, they often find more offers and move at small salary increments.

Career Seekers

This category belongs to more refined educational background where they get exposure to a more competitive environment. They understand their worth and are sought after by larger companies. They have defined career objectives and a planned strategy for their future. They are generally more aggressive and focused in their job search process. Their skillsets are more matured and they are able to demonstrate this in the interview process. They try to stick to their jobs, gain experience and are happy to grow less rapidly.

Opportunity Hunters

This is the most matured group. Two to five years’ experienced in their respective fields. They understand the market well. One of the key trait in this group is their ability to network and access to an extended network. Some of them are good public speakers, some are well represented on LinkedIn. This group finds opportunities through its network. Social connections play key role in getting an interview call, and often the position also. Their negotiation skills are at the best, hence higher salary and excellent perks are successfully bargained.

Almost everyone starts as a job seeker, and with the passage of time some graduate as in the next category. Over sometime, few qualify as opportunity hunters. You need to see where you stand and what extra efforts are needed to move into the next category to beat the job market competition!

About the author

Hammad Siddiqui Decoding the Mystery of Career Development- Life coach & Career Advisor-Traveler-Trainer- Authored "Bootstrapping Your Career" and three eBooks -26 Yrs Exp in International Development - A passionate Trainer, Blogger and social media strategist - Qualified from US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Loves reading, traveling, mentoring.


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