9 Expert Tips on How to Get Hired in 2021.
To say that 2020 has been underwhelming and disappointing would be an understatement. But, with 2021 around the corner, we can hope for better things in the coming year.
But, if you’re still without work, or have been looking, you may be looking for some tips on how to land a new job in 2021. Luckily for you, that’s exactly what we’re going over in this blog!
So, sit back, grab a warm drink, and enjoy 9 expert tips on how to get hired in 2021.
One of the biggest parts people have an issue with when finding a new job is rejection. It can be deflating and can often discourage people from applying for more positions – especially if you’ve been rejected from a position you really wanted.
But, as simple as it may sound, the key to getting hired in 2021 is to keep going. If you’re aiming to apply for three positions a day, up it to four. If you’re using a single website to find work, up that to two. And most importantly, never stop. Even if you’ve been invited to an interview, continue applying for other positions. This way, you’ll provide yourself a safety net, just in case you’re rejected post-interview.
Getting into this mindset is the most challenging point of this entry. So, do your best to prepare yourself, and you’ll soon find that 2021 holds more success for you than this year has.
Decide on a Cover Letter.
Sadly, there’s no right or wrong answer to if you should always provide a cover letter with a CV.
Some businesses insist on every candidate providing them, whilst others see it as a waste of time. However, our professional advice would be to always have one drafted up for every job you apply for in 2021. After all, it’s always better to have one, then not need it, rather than need one, and not have one.
Remember that, when it comes to cover letters, it is not a ‘one size fits all’ model, and you may need to re-work your letter from job to job. As much work as this seems you’ll soon forget all about it when you land a new job in 2021.
Start Each Interview/Position Fresh.
When you’re applying for work, you can easily be drawn into the habit of applying for so many, you end up mixing them up, or treating them all the same. Going into 2021, we advise against doing this, and here’s how:
The best tip we can give you for this point is to understand that most jobs aren’t related. So, if you’ve recently been rejected from a job interview, it will likely hold no bearing on your next job interview. At least, not in a professional capacity. So, if possible, get some feedback on why you weren’t successful, take this on board, and improve for the next. Soon, you’ll become an unstoppable force, that any business would gladly take on in 2021.
Remember the Follow-Up.
Many candidates make the mistake of thinking they’ve done all they can as soon as the interview is over. However, this is not the case.
Of course, if you’ve left a lasting impression, then this isn’t the case. But, our next piece of advice is to follow-up on the interview, either by sending an email or writing a letter/note. This is important, as the business or company may not be entirely convinced by any candidate to the point of hiring them, and your follow-up could give you the advantage.
If you think you’re going to be applying for several jobs in 2021, draft up a generic template that you can customise and tweak for each job. This will save you time, whilst also providing you with an edge over some other candidates interviewing for the job.
Dress to Impress.
Everybody says it’s important to dress well for a job interview, and that’s true. However, it’s rare that people advise you what not to wear in a job interview. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve previously been over what not to wear to a job interview, as well as what your shoes say about you during a job interview. So, before proceeding, we suggest you give those two articles a read.
Get to Know the Business/Company.
When sitting down for a job interview, you can never be too sure how many people have been seen before you, and how many have been seen after. So, a great piece of advice we can give you to help you to stand out is to research the company/business you’re interviewing for.
We’re not expecting a Sherlock-level of knowledge, but a basic understanding of what the business does, who they are, and the type of work they produce will all help. After all, 2020 has been hard on many businesses. So, going into 2021, they’ll want to hire the absolute best possible candidate. By showing them you’ve done your research, you’ll give yourself a better chance of being that candidate.
Practice Controlling Your Body Language.
Body language plays a pivotal role in the success (or failure) of a job interview. Sure, it shouldn’t, but it can, and it will.
We’ve written a blog this year about body language during a job interview, so, if you’re applying for jobs in 2021, we highly suggest reading that. As your body language can often say more than your words, it’s important that you understand and master this for your next job interview.
Ensure You Arrive on Time.
This might not be the most ground-breaking piece of advice you’ve ever been given for a job interview, but we’ve got a few extra tips that will make this better than you’d expect.
First, of course, you should arrive on time for your interview. Being late is unacceptable (except in extreme circumstances) and should be avoided at all costs. However, where possible, we recommend arriving earlier than the 15-minute marker that most experts suggest. Here’s why:
Finding where exactly the business isn’t always easy. So, giving yourself a small 15-minute window provides you with no room for error. One delayed train or small traffic jam will make you late. However, if you aim to arrive 30 minutes early, you can confirm where the business is, grab yourself a drink, go over your notes, and give yourself a better chance of landing a job in 2021. The last tip we’d give is to maybe not sit in the business lobby or office 30 minutes early, however. Find the business, then settle yourself down in a nearby coffee shop (or something similar) to go over your notes. The earlier you are on the business premises, the more pressure it can put on the business owner to see to you.
Focus Your Search – Or Not.
If you’ve struggled to find success when applying for jobs in 2020, try narrowing down your search. Figure out your strong points, combine them with your qualifications and experience, then search. After all, if you have 5 years of experience working in retail, and you’re applying to be a marine biologist, 2021 could be a long year for you.
However, equally, you may wish to take the complete opposite approach to this and apply for a wider range of jobs, and we wouldn’t advise against this. Especially if you think your search this year has been too narrow and niche.
There you have it, 9 tips on how to get hired in 2021. Think we’ve missed anything? Leave a comment below, and we’ll be sure to add it to the list!
Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next interview!