I have started to see the job market change. I am seeing more jobs than qualified candidates. Surprise! In the blink of an eye, how quickly the tide has changed from a saturation of candidates, to actively searching for “A” candidates again.
I have even seen some backlash against those candidates who have been without a job for over 6 months. Here are a couple of questions I am receiving from clients.
What have they done in the past six months?
What are they doing now to keep up their skills?
Were they part of a large downsize or were they let go for performance reasons?
Why haven’t they found a position? Are they too picky? Are they not technically strong enough?
Realizing that those questions are starting to enter into the mindset of interviewers can help you be aware and give you talking points about your skills and recent history.
If you are out of work, now is a good time to update your certifications. Certifications are a great way to show you are still actively engaged in your knowledge and ability to work. Participating in user groups and working on projects in your area of expertise can help ease the transition.
Look for different way to be actively engaged. Volunteer once a week at an organization. You would be surprised the benefits you will receive-from the work to the increased chance of networking. The more you do, the more visible you are.
Don’t forget to ask the question in the end of the interview. ” Is there anything in your estimation that you feel makes me unfit for this position.” You can clarify from there but if you do not address this, you may miss your opportunity to explain your activity.