The 2020s have started a bit rough. But that doesn’t mean that the job market has come to a standstill. In any case, the overall situation for Philippine jobs has changed significantly over the course of just a few months, with some industries emerging stronger and many more suffering from the effects of the economic downturn.
Still, there are plenty of job opportunities out there if you’re willing to put in the time — and even more if you’re playing it smart. Here are a few smarter ways to find jobs in 2020:
- Use localized job search sites
The pandemic has made traveling and commuting much more challenging —and riskier — than it used to be. For that reason, you may want to consider applying for positions much closer to home. You can use the localized search functions on different job search sites to find the jobs geographically closest to where you live. Better yet, you can use specialized Philippine jobs sites that focus on delivering geographically-relevant results.
- Use a spreadsheet to organize your search
The more places you apply to, the better your chances of finding a job that meets all your personal and professional goals. The problem is, it can be tough just using your memory alone to keep track of your progress with different applications. HR managers can sometimes take weeks to call back and you can sometimes forget who is who, leading to some potentially embarrassing gaffes.
Using a spreadsheet program like Excel or Google Docs can make your life easier by helping you track which organizations you’ve contacted, the contact details of each, and how far along you are with each application. You can more efficiently manage your time with a spreadsheet, allowing you to apply for more positions and prioritize different ones, depending on your needs.
- Improve your non-verbal communications skills
A lot of the time, it’s not what you say — it’s how you say it. This is true even in video call interviews, where your facial expressions and body language are plainly visible. Improving your non-verbal skills can’t happen overnight and the topic is the subject of intense study by experts. Nevertheless, it’s usually sufficient to just be aware that your approach and mannerisms matter.
- Research the companies you’re interested in
Different companies and even different departments and teams within them have unique cultures and subcultures. Naturally, the people in charge of approving hires for these organizations will be looking for different things in their applicants that are not necessarily on the job listings.
Thankfully, thanks to social media, it’s a fairly easy step to look up any company and its teams. The insights you get from this research can mean the difference when it comes to getting the job you want versus settling for something else.
- Contact companies you’re interested in — even if they have no listed openings
Not all jobs are listed! If you know an organization that you want to work for, just ask if they have openings. Some organizations may prefer internal hires but very few will take steps to explicitly exclude outside applications. Sure you might get rejected. But you will never know unless you ask. Be sure to include these companies in your application spreadsheet so you know to periodically follow up with them in case they have new openings.
- Leverage your internships and part-time experience
Many applicants that were previously self-employed mistakenly have the belief that their self-employed experience does not matter. This is simply not true. So long as you avoid using self-aggrandizing titles and lay out your responsibilities and learnings as you would any other job, self-employment experience does matter. You should do the same with internships, volunteer work, and anything relevant that you worked hard on, as well.
- Craft a unique approach for each place you’re applying in
As we mentioned earlier, different businesses are looking for different things in applicants. This means you probably shouldn’t use the exact same resume and application letter for every company you apply to. They might not even be impressed by a standard resume or application letter.
For this reason, you’ll want to leverage your research to find out just what kind of applicants the hiring managers are looking for. Make sure to look into the culture and history of each company to make sure your approach makes sense. You can check out news articles as well as company review sites to learn more about what the culture of each company you’re applying at is so that you can better craft your approach on each application.
Finding your dream job involves a lot more than just putting in the work. If you have a choice, your approach should always be to work smart rather than hard. We hope these tips will help you do just that. Happy job hunting!