How to find more jobs in 2017
Finding a job is a full-time job; it’s a competitive process that requires research, hard work, and commitment. Finding a job right after graduation and with zero effort on the job seeker’s behalf is very rare. Many job applicants are not fully aware of the challenges prior to delving into the search process. No matter where you’re applying, it is important that you are familiar with the challenges and how to overcome them as there are many available tools to help you out.
Much like many activities that moved from being a desktop experience to a smartphone one, as seen in Bayt.com’s poll, Job Search Challenges in the Middle East and North Africa, November 2016, the far majority (85.1 percent) of job seekers now search for jobs on their mobiles using tools like the Bayt.com job seeker application. Here are more research findings to help you find better career opportunities in 2017:
1. Job websites take the lead
Where do most people look for jobs nowadays? Online job sites like Bayt.com. Almost a third of job seekers find their career opportunities using online job sites. While many complement that method with company social media pages, company websites, networking, newspaper and magazines, the number of professionals who resort to online job sites is an indicator of their ease of use and higher success rates.
2. Job search everywhere
It’s not news that smartphones have bloomed during the past decade, so it comes as no surprise that it is a very popular method for finding jobs. The flexibility of having your phone everywhere allows you to browse for jobs at any given point, fill out job applications, network, as well as create CVs and cover letters. For instance, the Bayt.com app allows you to apply directly anywhere you are, and receive insights on who has viewed your CV as well as updates on your application status.
3. Go the extra mile
The process of finding a job requires hard work and dedication and will continue to be demanding in the years to come as competition grows. Half of surveyed job seekers in the Middle East spend between one and four hours a day searching for jobs, while almost a third of job seekers pass the four-hour mark between searching, filling out applications, writing emails, networking, and following up. So next time you look for a job, give it the time and energy it deserves.
4. Network and connect
The vast majority of MENA professionals will tell you that the secret to landing a job is networking. If you can directly speak to a person related to the desired job position, don’t hesitate. Your persistence and confidence in doing so only provides positive indications of you as an applicant. The Bayt.com Specialties mobile application allows you to do that exactly; form meaningful professional connections through insightful discussions that have the potential to unfold new career opportunities.
5. Acknowledge obstacles and adapt
Job search challenges are affected by different factors. Geographical location can influence employment opportunities. A shortage of jobs in the market can also be a big barrier against landing a job. Another important factor is lacking the necessary skills that employers look for. So in order to make the search less challenging, locate and apply for job opportunities with a high relevancy to your qualifications, which is automatically calculated for your CV on Bayt.com. You are also encouraged to seek personalized support in creating a CV and a Cover letter that truly stands out from the applicant pool.