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What are the biggest mistakes job applicants make?

  • You do not know what jobs to apply for

You might not know what job titles to search or you are applying for the job title you held previously. You need to look where the jobs are and stay up to date with trends

  • You do not know your transferable skills

Titles mean different things in different companies. Some companies want to come up with fancy titles to make them appear more innovative, but the reality is, the position still requires the same skills. What you should pay attention to is skills and qualifications. What skills does the job require that you possess? Knowing your skills that are transferable from a previous job, volunteer opportunity or hobby can help you get the job, regardless of the title.

  • You are not growing your skills (upskilling)

You might think when you finish college, your learning is done. This is no longer the case. We all must be lifelong learners. In particular, digital skills make up 70% of the fastest-growing skills, and interpersonal skills are becoming just as important. Technological coding, interactive skills, leadership and initiative taking will be skills that will continue to be a priority in the workplace. This does not mean you need to go back to school to get a graduate degree. Consider a certification, an online class, a class offered by your employer.

  • You do not know job trends

If you are struggling to find a full-time job, you might want to rethink your search to look for a temporary or freelance job to earn money and continue to grow your skills. With full time jobs, check out LinkedIn’s most recent Jobs on the Rise report show a rise in frontline e-commerce workers, health-care professionals, and workplace diversity experts and expect these trends to continue well into 2021.

  • You are not thinking about ways of working differently

Many companies are hesitant to hire a full-time workforce not knowing what the future may bring. They are though thinking about freelancers or subcontractors. In the past 12 months, over 2 million workers have started freelancing. The pandemic caused many small businesses to close, yet many new businesses are starting at the fastest rate. Think about how you can leverage your skills in this changing job market and use it to your advantage.

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