Far too many people take a passive approach when it comes to finding a job. They might hand in their CV at a location and then just wait a few weeks before going out and trying again. Some might even just look at job postings from a single website and only apply to a few that they’re qualified for.
While this sounds like the typical way to get a job, this may not cut it now in 2020 given the Global Pandemic. There is an aggressive approach that could help you land your dream job instead of just settling for something else.
Aggressive job hunting is founded on the concept of creating opportunities instead of just waiting for them. When you hunt for a job aggressively, you’re the one on the attack, and in control. You’re not waiting around for businesses to get back to you.
Instead, you’re constantly getting your CV out there, applying for jobs that might not even exist and essentially creating opportunities for you to find a job. This is the preferred approach for finding your dream job because you’re not just settling for what’s available.
Let’s take a look at some of the most important aggressive job hunting skills that you need to master for 2020.
Editing Your CV and Cover Letter
One of the key things to grasp when taking an aggressive job hunting approach is to customise your CV and cover letter for each employer.
Using a free CV template will help you here since there’s less to change and you can easily modify templates based on your needs. You’ll want to remove anything from your CV and cover letter that you don’t feel is necessary and you want to keep or add things that might be relevant to the job.
Applying for Under-Qualified Jobs
A lot of companies put insane requirements for their jobs to try and filter out anyone that’s not confident.
If you show in your cover letter that you’re a confident person and explain the experience and skills you have, then your personality alone could be what gets you hired.
Don’t be afraid to stretch your skills a bit and look for jobs that might be a small step up.
Applying for Jobs that Might Not Exist
Networking is an incredibly powerful tool that can help you get a glimpse into the inner workings of another company. This allows you to potentially apply for jobs or speak to people about getting hired for positions that may not even exist yet. This is a great way to try and land yourself a dream job with a company that you want to work with.
We understand that aggressive job hunting might be a difficult concept to grasp. Given that there are far fewer job openings due to the quarantine, it’s going to be hard to land yourself a dream job. However, if you’re diligent and continue working hard to get yourself out there, you’ll find that it’s much easier than you’d expect.
Job hunting in 2020 isn’t going to be a walk in the park. So give yourself time, develop your skills and confidence and have faith that you will find yourself a job!