Increase Your Odds Of Achieving Job Search Success In 2022
Welcome to 2022
Yes, the last two years have been challenging to say the least. But the job market improved in 2021, and 2022 is expected to be even better.
Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to kick start your 2022 job search.
Get Your Resume Recruiter Ready
Yes, the economy has made a comeback. There are more jobs out there. That’s great news if you’re looking for a job.
The bad news is people who have been hunkering down, staying in jobs they didn’t like for the past 2 years are now actively looking. So, the pool of candidates is more significant.
Make sure your resume is recruiter and employer ready. That means creating a resume that highlights your achievements.
How To Get The Starting Salary You Want Hint: You Have To Ask
Do you accept the first salary offered, or do you negotiate?
Before starting my own business, I worked for small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and international corporations.
And during those years, I always accepted the first salary offer.
I didn’t try to negotiate a higher salary.
Not even once.
Mostly I was afraid they wouldn’t hire me. It turns out until recently; most candidates accepted the first offer. But things are changing.
Consider Responses To Salary Questions
Most job seekers dread the expected salary question. That’s not surprising as most Americans aren’t comfortable talking about income, even with friends. 80% of respondents to a Lexington Law survey said they wouldn’t ask a friend how much they make.
You Still Can’t Dodge The Salary Question (Here’s How To Answer)
Most job seekers dread talking to recruiters and employers about salary. In many states it’s illegal to ask candidates about their current salary. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be asked about your expectations.
The truth is, you can’t completely dodge the salary question.
But, to some degree you can control it. You do this by understanding the process and being prepared.
Why do recruiters ask about your salary?
As a former recruiter, I know they don’t ask your salary requirements to put you on the spot. They ask because they need to know if you are in the salary range for the position they are filling. Remember, recruiters don’t work for you, they work for the employer.
Salary: Negotiate Or Not?
Do you accept the first salary offered or do you negotiate?
In my 9 to 5 years, working for small firms, nonprofits, and international corporations, I always accepted the first salary I was offered.
I didn’t try to negotiate.
Not even once.
This was a big mistake on my part. I most assuredly left money on the table.
But, I’m not alone.
It turns out 73% of employers say they are willing to negotiate but 55% of candidates don’t even ask according to research done by CareerBuilder.