Looking for a job right now? Get ready to ride the September Surge


If you've been browsing through popular social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram, or the platform formerly known as Twitter, you might have come across the hashtag #SeptemberSurge. This refers to the period after Labor Day when career experts suggest that hiring managers increase their efforts to acquire new talent. However, the latest U.S. jobs report suggests that the job market isn't as hot as it was before. As a job seeker, it's important to be aware of the challenges and consider leveraging your network or even exploring a career pivot to improve your chances.

To begin your job search, there are six important questions you should ask yourself, according to contributor Judith Humphrey. Applying randomly for numerous jobs, such as 200 or 400, can lead to frustration and lack of response. Therefore, it's crucial to ensure that you're applying for positions that align with your goals and qualifications.

When it comes to crafting your résumé, the conventional wisdom of containing it within a single page is not as strict as it used to be. However, it's still essential to keep it concise and tailored to the specific job you're applying for. Recruiters typically spend just over seven seconds scanning a resume, so it's crucial to make sure you stand out.

In addition to your résumé, you'll also need to write compelling cover letters to accompany your applications. While automated cover letters might save time, they may not help you stand out. It's generally recommended to be creative and generate your own unique cover letter, paying close attention to highlighting the specific skills and attributes you bring to the job.

If your application stands out and you're invited for an interview, it's important to be prepared. Familiarize yourself with common interview questions and develop your answers, especially for the dreaded "Tell me about yourself" question. It's also important to ask thoughtful questions to the interviewer. Not only does this provide an opportunity to learn more about the company, but it also demonstrates your thoughtfulness and thoroughness as a candidate.

Lastly, after the interview, it's essential to send a thank-you note. While handwritten cards are special, it's recommended to send an email within 24 hours of the interview. Regardless of your interest in the position, not sending any form of communication is considered unprofessional.  

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