A survey conducted by LinkedIn discovered that 86% of over 1,000 professionals in Singapore are making plans to find a new job in 2024. This a 15% increase from 2023!
Finding a job in Singapore’s competitive job market can be challenging if you are not taking the right steps.
While getting a job interview does not guarantee a job offer, getting an interview invite is sign that the company has noticed you, and is the first step to landing the new job. Some job seekers send out numerous resumes over a long-period job search journey, and yet only receive a small amount of interview invites. Why is that so?
“Why am I not getting more job interviews?”
The reason why you are not getting interview invites despite sending out massive amounts of applications is likely you are not optimising your job search for effectiveness. A few possible key points are that your job application is not relevant, you are not searching for a job in the right place, with the correct tools, and your mindset towards job search needs shifting.
Making your job search process more effective will get you invited to more interviews, then second interview, then the next, and finally land the job. Here are 6 small changes you can make to optimize your job search process so that you make job hunting more effective, and therefore efficient.
1. Be deliberate about the jobs you apply for
It can be tempting to apply to every single job posting that seems even a tiny bit relevant to your credentials. After all, there is no immediate harm done and submitting many job applications can bring a sense of productivity.
However, unless you are really passionate about the position, we do not recommend applying to a position which you lack the skills and qualifications for. This is especially so if you are submitting a generic resume that does not highlight how your soft skills may make up for the lack of technical skills and experience. As you rack up the number of irrelevant jobs applied, your application-to-invite rate will fall, and that can feel very discouraging, leading to job-search-fatigue.
Being deliberate in your job hunt will get you more interview invites because the jobs you apply for are more likely to be looking for someone that matches your profile. When you get an interview invite from your application, you know that it will be a for role that you are interested in.
Be clear about your career goals and what you want the next career step to be. Use the filters available on the job boards and read the job posting and company description thoroughly before committing to “submit application”.
2. Tailor your application for each job
When your resume is not relevant to the position, your application is unlikely to pass through the Application Tracking System (ATS), and even if it does, you may not be shortlisted due to lack of relevancy.
While job hunting may seem like a numbers game, it is always quality over quantity. You should be applying to at most 2-3 jobs per day if you are actively searching for job. This gives you more time to sit down and analyse the job description and requirements and find out what they are looking for. You will then have the right knowledge about the position to tailor your resume and cover letter, highlighting your unique strengths to capture the employer’s attention!
We suggest having a folder of resumes and key points so that you can quickly edit your resume to fit individual positions you are applying for.
3. Make use of different channels
A common way that you are applying for jobs is probably through job portals. Some popular ones Singapore employers use are JobStreet (by SEEK), MyCareersFuture, FoundIt (Monster), etc. ScienTec recruiters post jobs on these portals as well as our site’s job portal. Some job portals give you insights on how many applications the job post has received, and you can gage how popular the job is, and assess you stand amongst other applicants. With that, you can adjust your expectations and application accordingly to stand out amongst the rest of the applicants.
You should also apply directly on your dream company’s career page or LinkedIn. Using the #OpenToWork feature on LinkedIn helps recruiters know that you are looking for job opportunities, and also recommend your profile to recruiters. This makes it easier for companies to approach you for interview invites! If you haven’t already, make sure that your LinkedIn profile is professional and up-to-date. LinkedIn is also a wonderful tool to network and find out more about opportunities.
If you come across any opportunities within your network, you can also ask your connection for a referrer. According to research, job seekers who get referred are four times more likely to get hired.
4. Reach out to a recruiter
You should reach out to a recruiter or apply to jobs posted by recruitment firms because this helps you get interview invites more effectively. Many companies look for staffing solution providers such as ScienTec to help them recruit to personnel.
When you reach out to a recruiter, you get access to the pool of opportunities that the firm is currently hiring for. The recruiter helps you look out for opportunities that match your profile and requirements, and very importantly, help to highlight your strengths to the hiring managers. The recruiter also provides you with resume advice guides you on the next steps of the recruitment process. When you get the interview invite, they give you interview support and help you to showcase your full potential.
Building a good long-term relationship with the recruiter is also ideal. When you are ready for the next step in your career, the recruiter can continue to support you in your search for the next destination!
5. Track your applications
Many job portals offer a dashboard where you can see the positions you have already applied for. However, most job seekers will apply to jobs via different portals and platforms. It is also not uncommon for the status on these job portals to not be updated to the latest status. They also will not include your own notes such as next steps, etc. Hence, tracking your job applications will help you to streamline your job search process.
A good tracking system will consolidate all contacts, job descriptions, record CV and cover letter versions, application progress and any other important information such as follow-up steps and interview dates. It should also contain your notes after the company has made any first contact with you.
To do this, you can make use of job tracking spreadsheet or excel document. Spread Sheet Point offers a free template with multiple tabs. You can also make use of other job application tracking tools such as Notion, Huntr, Teal, etc.
6. Do well for the screening call
Getting a screening call does not mean you will get invited for the job interview. While phone screenings are not as formal as an official interview, it is still important to leave a good impression. Companies use the screening call to confirm that you are a potential fit before proceeding to invite you for an interview.
Let us circle back to why you should not mass apply, and ought to track your applications. Often, job seekers spam job applications and when they receive a call, they do not remember what they have applied for. When looking for a job, it is to be expected that candidates apply to multiple companies, you might be signaling that this role was not intriguing enough for you to remember!
Job search can be frustrating and tedious, but we hope that these 6 tips will help you to get more interviews and find a job in Singapore’s competitive job market in a shorter time. Do not be discouraged, for better opportunities are ahead!