The biggest challenges job seekers face in 2020 (and how to solve them)

What do people looking for a new job struggle with the most right now? A new survey of nearly 7,000 professionals reveals their biggest issues. Fortunately, the team here at CareerBeacon has some expert solutions for tackling those challenges.

Identifying the issues

The team at YourStory surveyed 6,900 professionals about their job seeking dilemmas and difficulties. Here’s what respondents had to say.

40 per cent of professionals surveyed said that not getting any response at all from employers was their biggest challenge. This can be very frustrating. You find a posting for a job that you think you’d be great at, write up a friendly cover letter to introduce yourself, and send it in with a copy of your most up-to-date resume, only to hear… nothing.

Here are the common reasons why candidates don’t hear back after their job applications – and how you can fix them.

See also: Study finds which email openings get the best response rate.

21 per cent of survey participants said that crafting a resume was the most difficult part of their job search. It can be tough to get started. Your resume is your marketing document. It needs to highlight your top skills and qualifications for a specific job – to sell your candidacy for that role. That’s a lot of pressure.

Here is a useful guide for how to write a resume, starting with the basics.

And if you already have a resume that you haven’t touched up in a few years, here is how to update it for a 2020 job search.

The other biggest challenge for the professionals surveyed (18 per cent of them) was to find out insider information about the company they are applying to. Candidates want to know about the company as much as they need to know about the specific job. Is it a good place to work? What is the day-to-day environment like? What is the company culture?

The answers to those questions can help you to not only land the job, but also to decide if you even want it in the first place. However, finding this information can be challenging, particularly when you do not know anyone who has worked there.

It doesn’t have to be a mystery. The behind the scenes information about most organizations is available – if you know how to look for it. Here is the CareerBeacon team’s advice for how to research the company that you really want to work for.

Also, if in your research, you still can’t find out the name of the person doing the hiring, don’t resort to opening your cover letter with ‘To whom it may concern…’ You can do better than that. Here is how to address your cover letter when you don’t know the hiring manager’s name.

If you have any job seeking challenges or dilemmas that you’d like the CareerBeacon team to help out with, please let us know. We’re here to help!

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