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Adaptability and a good online reputation key to landing jobs in 2019

Having a portfolio website to showcase expertise can offer employers a quick gauge of an individual’s character.

Jobseekers need to demonstrate the unique capabilities that can potentially bring to the table on top of a willingness to adapt to changes in the face of multiple disruptions, according to a report by recruitment firm Hays.

“With ever-evolving industries, technologies and consumer behaviour, the types of skills and expertise that businesses require will evolve correspondingly,” Hays Singapore’s regional director Grant Torrens said. “Roles and functions will retain core principles, but the Fourth Industrial Revolution may alter and even expand specialisms.”

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With more and more hiring managers including online research as part of their background screening process, individuals are encouraged to build a portfolio website or blog that showcases their expertise to provide additional insight for potential employers. But it cautions that such mediums should present individuals in the most favourable light.

“It also helps to be visible online,” Hays said. “Being active on social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Twitter also heightens your chances of getting found online.”

Building a personal brand similar to those of corporations and successful politicians may also allow jobseekers to differentiate themselves from the rest of herd. Hays suggested in its report that this could be done by defining an applicant’s unique selling propositions (USPs) which is a list of unique ways their skills and experience can bring value to a business.

Amidst the worry that artificial intelligence (AI) and automation might replace jobs, Hays pointed out how sharpening skills in technology through workshops and online courses can help jobseekers stay relevant in their respective industries and boost an applicant’s chances of getting a job.

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Likewise, being adaptable to change is considered by 50% of employers as vital, with 65% of firms restructuring their department or organisation to keep up with business needs. “Disruptions such as technological advancements and global trends are inevitable, and they will reshape the skills required in the workforce,” Hays explained. “Being adaptable and open to changing old habits put candidates in the best position to stay relevant and employable.”

That being said, Hays warned that jobseekers should stay true to their niche instead of grabbing every opportunity that comes their way as employers tend to look for talents with specialised skills that could tangibly add value to their company.

“It always helps to be seen as an expert in one area, rather than being a jack at all trades and a master of none,” Hays highlighted. 

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