The job market is on fire right now. Here are the best tips for finding a career that you love.

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It’s shaping up to be a hot summer for job searching.

  • This summer is the best time to be looking for a new job.
  • Employers are looking to woo workers with signing bonuses and other perks.
  • Insider’s compiled a helpful guide for anyone searching for a new role this summer.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The job market is on fire right now.

After a steep decline at the beginning of the pandemic, employers are finally beginning to hire again. And they’re hiring a lot. On July 16, job postings on Indeed were up 36.4% above where they were on February 1, 2021, the pre-pandemic baseline. There were 9.2 million open jobs in the US at the end of May, the most recently available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated.

Moving jobs is also a great way to make more money. A 2017 Nomura analysis found that people who had changed jobs earned roughly 1% more year over year than people who stayed with the same employer.

It’s a job seekers’ market, and some employers are working to woo workers with incentives such as bonuses and new employee benefits.

There’s never been a better time to look for a job, and Insider has compiled a helpful guide for anyone looking for a new opportunity.

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Quitting shouldn’t be your first move if you’re unhappy

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If you’re feeling burned out, look for small ways to improve your satisfaction at work.

Maybe you don’t want to leave your job, but you’re not exactly thrilled with how things are going. Don’t fret, experts said there are simple tweaks you can make to your workday that may help you feel more fulfilled.

It’s a common problem. Gallup found that 51% of workers in its global analysis of about 112,000 business units were not engaged at work. No wonder 3.6 million US employees left their jobs in May.

But, career experts told Insider, playing to your strengths can help you feel more satisfied at work.

And remember: Don’t be afraid to share feedback with your boss. Chances are that if you’re unhappy, other people are, too.

Read more:

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When it’s time for a change

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There were 9.2 million open roles at the end of May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Maybe you’ve tried to make things better at your current role, but they aren’t improving. Or maybe you’ve outgrown your role and want to move on.

Regardless, it’s time to launch your job search.

A good first step is to send some networking messages. Blair Heitmann, a LinkedIn career expert, previously told Insider that your network “is your No. 1 asset as a professional over the course of your career.”

You can also make key tweaks to your job-application materials that may draw the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.

And when you’re ready to give your notice, make sure you don’t burn any bridges with your employer. You never know if you may want to return someday.

Read more:

A workplace expert shares the exact steps you should take to quit your job without burning bridges

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Finding the best opportunities

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A man handing his résumé to an employer at the 25th annual Central Florida Employment Council Job Fair at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

Jobs in human resources and diversity and inclusion are skyrocketing right now.

HR professionals, for example, are being recruited relentlessly for high-paying roles, experts previously told Insider. Jobs in diversity and inclusion grew 123% between May and September of last year, Indeed data showed.

But these aren’t the only industries worth checking out. It’s important to explore all of your options to find a role that is the best fit for you.

Read more:

The 2021 job market is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen before. Here’s how recruiters and job seekers should handle it.

Diversity and inclusion professionals are being recruited relentlessly. Top execs in the field share their advice for making a name in the industry.

Jobs in diversity are hotter than ever. DEI execs from companies like Wayfair and LinkedIn share strategies for getting into the field.

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HR professionals are being recruited relentlessly and have their pick of top jobs

Asking (and answering) the right questions

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Know the right questions to ask during your interview.

You’ve done the work and sent out tons of applications. Now hiring managers are scheduling interviews with you.

The most common interview question is “Tell me about yourself.” Jacques Buffett, a career expert at the online résumé service Zety, said interviewees should use this question to briefly mention their career history and tell stories of past achievements.

But it’s also important to know the right questions to ask hiring managers. This could help you get a clearer sense of the company culture.

Read more:

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Remote, in person, or somewhere in between

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Hybrid work gives you the option to work partially from the office and partially remote.

Once you’ve accepted a job, you have an opportunity to craft your ideal work life.

Maybe you want to be completely remote or solely in the office. Or maybe you want something in between.

Many employers are still sorting out their plans for returning to the office, but regardless, you’re in a good position to negotiate as much flexibility as you want.

Some companies, such as marketing startup Scroll and Kickstarter, are testing out four-day workweeks.

Read more:

How to craft your ideal work life and get your boss on board

Take this personality quiz to find out if you work best from home, in an office, or something in between

Marketing startup Scroll trialed a 4-day workweek for a month and is already seeing huge gains in revenue and employee mental health

Kickstarter CEO: Why we’re doing a 4-day workweek

If you want to ask your boss to let you work from home forever, use this script

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How to market skills from an entry-level job and display them on your resume for a potential employer

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Any job can teach you valuable skills that will make you a better candidate in the future.

  • If you’ve had a job like lifeguarding or fast food service, you likely picked up valuable skills.
  • To showcase them on your resume for future employers, emphasize the soft skills, like communication.
  • Being able to put out fires and staying organized under pressure are also impressive to employers.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Are you worried that your entry-level job just doesn’t show your potential? Are you concerned that having something like lifeguarding, fast food service, or working part-time at a summer resort might not help you stand out when it comes time to landing a “real” job? Think again. The skills that many employers really really want can be learned in jobs just like these – the trick is figuring out how to showcase these skills on your resume so prospective employers can get a sense of your true talent.

Having some experience (no matter what it is) is far preferable to having none at all – 91% of employers prefer their candidates to have work experience according to a recent job outlook report from NACE. And the younger you are when you gain experience, the more you’ll stand out from the herd – just 20% of high schoolers are employed, according to a survey from Child Trends, which means even “menial” summer job experience can give you a leg up. The trick is knowing how to sell yourself and showcase the experience you’ve gained. Donald Asher, author and careers expert says it’s time to get creative with your work experience … Because who doesn’t like to promote themselves just a little bit?

Read more: One of the US’s leading résumé experts shares 3 tips to improve your résumé’s performance after the pandemic

Communication is key

With the pandemic, many of us suffered from a lack of opportunities to communicate, since our in-person socialization opportunities were limited. If you’re a solid communicator and you have experience chatting as expertly on email as you do in person, it’s time to tout those skills on your resume. Make sure you let future employers know that you’re a clear and professional communicator who has experience chatting with everyone from customers to the “big boss.”

Customer service skills

Have you expertly dealt with a “Karen” on occasion? Is being nice and or “putting out fires” your specialty? It’s likely that customer service is an important skill you may have learned in your first job. Don’t be afraid to state in your resume and in your cover letter that you’ve been able to brave the waters of unhappy customers – thanks to your patience and dedication.

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You might not think much of the months you spent sorting through (likely boring) paperwork and filing important documents, but don’t take those seemingly basic skills for granted – every paper you filed required good organizational skills, and you had to be aces with time management or those tasks could easily take you all day. JT O’Donnell, Founder and CEO of Work It Daily, explains that her first job working in her dad’s office helped build the skills she uses to run her own company today. Administrative tasks, such as scheduling or answering the phones can mean that you’re comfortable performing high-responsibility tasks without hesitation – like leading a business meeting or presenting a pitch. You got this!

How to display it all on your resume

No, you won’t be keeping your time working as a part-time admin on your resume forever, but you will be taking those skills you learned with you for the rest of your career – and you can (and should!) keep the skills you gained highlighted on your resume for years to come.

The so-called “soft skills” such as time management and teamwork can be shown to a prospective boss in an interview, as well as on a resume and cover letter, said O’Donnell. And don’t discount other skills you’ve gained, such as manning the cash register – they might prove useful, too. Take a deep dive into the jobs you’re applying for and see exactly what they’re looking for. If you’re applying for a manager position at a restaurant, for example, and will be expected to run a POS terminal, bingo! That cash register experience is going to come in really handy. Next time you have to update your resume or turn in a job application, keep all your skills in mind so that you can give your resume the life and potential it deserves.

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