Are you currently looking for a job? Are you considering a shift in your career? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you certainly aren’t alone. According to a poll conducted late last year, half of Canadian employees are planning to look for a new job in 2023.

In an article from CBC a survey, which was conducted in the fall of 2022, discovered that fifty percent of those polled plan to seek new employment over the next six months stating that this is “a nearly two fold increase from just one year ago.” Among participants polled, those who will likely make a change include: those who have been with a company for two to four years, Gen Z and millennials, tech workers and working parents.

With this news, combined with an influx of individuals relocating to Alberta, we predict it will be a competitive market over the next several months. As the job pool decreases, and demand for quality positions increases, it is more important than ever to ensure you are prepared to hit the ground running.

So, what can you do to help stand out in a competitive job market? Let’s discuss a few things to consider.

Hone your interview skills

Once your resume has impressed, and you are invited for an interview, you want to ensure you are prepared for selling yourself in person. Create some practice questions and have a friend or family member do a mock interview before the big day. While you don’t want to be robotic in your answers, we highly suggest you think of some key points you want to highlight during your interview when the opportunity arises. This will help alleviate some of the nerves you are likely to have, while also showing potential employers that you are well prepared, and have put time and effort into the interview.

Polish your online presence

Ensuring your social media presence is prepared for potential employers is another key to success. We are willing to bet money that if your resume has impressed them, someone will be sure to seek you out on social media. With LinkedIn, ensure your profile picture is updated, your skills are valid and relevant and that you are posting things that are on brand, appropriate, and professional. If you have personal social media accounts, you may want to consider setting them to private and, as always, conduct yourself in a manner that is respectable, kind, and tolerant.

Revamp your resume

We have said it once, and we will say it again (and again, and again) but your resume is your first impression when applying for a job. A templated, generic, cookie cutter resume is not going to impress, or get you to the top of the pile when applying for a high demand position. Not only will our skills-based resumes help set you apart, but we also ensure your resume is equipped and ready to pass the critical eye of the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

If you are thinking about a job change this year, we would love to help support you on your journey. Contact our team today, and let’s start 2023 off with a bang!