The preliminary unemployment rate in Singapore for 2018 is at 2.1. While this indicates that a lot of people are employed, it also means that the job search process is extremely competitive as employers will want to hire only the crème de la crème from the local talent pool.
Job seekers who want to secure a job quickly may need to tweak their game plan to take advantage of new opportunities. Here are 4 tips to help speed up your job search:
1. Search for jobs on desktop and mobile
Job listing sites such as MyCareersFuture.sg are optimised for both desktop and mobile, so jobseekers can experience a non-disruptive and seamless application process.
You can save your searches on your mobile devices and access them later on from your laptop or when you are at a more private location to complete your application.
Make sure that you have a copy of your updated CV saved on all of your digital devices so that you can apply for a job from whichever device you are browsing from.
2. Stay up to date with industry trends
Being ahead of industry trends and news is very important, especially for people seeking employment. Not only will you be able to learn about the in-demand skills that employers are looking for, but you can also position yourself a self-starter who takes the initiative to keep up with the industry trends that are related to your expertise.
Follow reputable local and global news publications to stay up-to-date, share your professional opinion on your social media channels and proactively engage with your peers to build a professional brand.
3. Search for a job while commuting
91% of Singaporeans own a smartphone. So if you’re planning to make your next career move, use your mobile device to search for a new job while travelling between locations. It’s almost as easy as scrolling through Instagram or Facebook!
Make the most of your commute time — browse latest jobs and bookmark or apply for the ones that catch your eye.
4. Save your updated CV on your mobile device
By using your smartphone or tablet as your primary device for job applications, you’ll be ready to apply for your dream job as soon as it is advertised.
Save your updated resume on your devices as a PDF file so that you can send it to your prospective employer while on-the-go.
This article is part 1 of Unit 3 of the Career Guide on “Get Ahead of the Crowd”.
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