How to find more jobs in 2017

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

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’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 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 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 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 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 You are also en­cour­aged to seek per­son­al­ized sup­port in cre­at­ing a CV and a Cover let­ter that truly stands out from the ap­pli­cant pool.

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