“The job market is just tough right now. There’s nothing out there.” My guess is that if a job seeker you’ve either heard that from an employer or said it yourself. Well I’ve got some news for you– get out of that rut and stop feeling sorry for yourself. THE JOB MARKET IS GOOD.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that a job is easy to get, or that if you send out a resume, you’ll get a job in a day. But as the owner of a NYC staffing firm and long-time recruiter, what I can tell you is that I haven’t seen the demand for candidates this high since the original dot-com boom. (Silicon Valley 1997. Boy, those were the days.) Multiple interviews and multiple offers are certainly a possibility. I see it at TTS every day. But anyways I’m not here for self-promotion.
What I’m really trying to get at is that if you’re tired of complaining and blaming it on the market, you can do something about it. As a job seeker, you’ve got to realize that to get a job these days you’ve got to have great soft skills, not just technical proficiency. All companies are looking for a few obvious qualities: be humble, flexible, optimistic, and a team player. To be a real asset though, you need to present yourself as a go-getter, someone who is hungry for skills with a willingness to learn new things. After all the companies that you’re getting into are likely the latest hot start-up, and let’s be honest, it’s probably not going to be around in a couple of years (even if that teenage co-founder is a genius).