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Digital advancement has reshaped our world ― and as a result, the job market.
According to a workforce study conducted by Randstad Canada in 2017, an estimated 20% to 30% of the Canadian workforce is made up of independent contractors and freelancers, otherwise referred to as “gig workers”, with four out of 20 employers saying their companies are committed to building a more agile workforce over the next five years.
As businesses compete to find top talent in this evolving landscape, how do you stand out from the crowd? It all boils down to attitude, communication savvy and self-awareness.
Here are five tips to help you thrive in today’s workforce:
Companies are looking for workers who can be flexible with their time and work schedules, and possess the ability to adapt quickly to the job. You should also be flexible with the type of work that you’re looking for. If you can’t find the perfect position, that’s okay! Broaden your search and consider alternative options ― these may be temporary roles, but they can still serve as a valuable stepping stone for your career.
To keep up with the changing demands of the workforce, ask for feedback from your peers regularly so you can continue growing as a professional. Celebrate your strengths and take advantage of learning opportunities that will help you grow. This will not only help you succeed as an individual but will contribute to your team’s overall success as well.
When preparing for a job interview, it’s just as important to be aware of our weaknesses as it is to know our strengths. Employers aren’t looking for someone without flaws – they know that doesn’t exist. They’re looking for signs of self-awareness. Employers want to know that you’re mindful of your weaknesses and that you’re employing strategies to overcome them. Those who have found success in their careers haven’t come out on top because they’re perfect. Instead, they’ve worked to convert shortcomings into learning opportunities.
No matter where you are in your career, continue growing and nurturing the connections that you make along the way. Treat each interaction and job as an interview, regardless of the duration. Even if you’re doing a one-off freelance job or temporary work unrelated to your field of expertise, the impression you make can be a lasting one ― so make it a good one.
You’re not alone! There are people who want to help you succeed. Find someone in your field who’s willing to do an informational interview or seek advice from experienced professionals that you meet at a networking event. If you’re a SAIT graduate or student, you also have free access to SAIT’s Student Employment and Career Centre , where you’ll find resumé support, interview preparation opportunities, career readiness meet-ups and the SAIT Career Fair. Create your profile and explore a full list of career services and events by visiting mycareerhub.sait.ca.