Job Hunting: Try These New Approaches To Improve Your Chances

30 September 2020

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​​In 2020, the Fintech and Payments jobs market remains highly competitive. If you’re hunting for your next Payment job, try these changes to improve your chances of success.

Whether you are looking for a job or you wish to advance in your career, one of the key factors to succeed in your mission is to find the right way to stand out from the rest of your competition.

The Payments industry has proved robust and resilient through these unprecedent times. The industry’s talent market was already highly competitive, and in 2020 (with many employers still being extra cautious regarding new hires) it can be challenging for candidates to cut through.

It’s important to maintain agile and competitive in order to improve your chances to secure a new job. So, let’s consider some of the best ways you can switch up your approach.

Identify Your CV “Story”

Your CV is the key to earning an interview. Make sure that your CV reflects not only your qualifications and abilities, but that it tells a story about you and your achievements. Here at Headcount we’ve put a couple of guides together on how to make your CV stand out by improving your telling story and how to avoid common mistakes. Your CV is maybe the most important document you will ever create, so make sure you pay the attention it

Highlight High Demand Skills (Especially Languages)

The right set of skills can significantly improve your chances to secure an interview. As companies are moving to new markets and are looking to expand in more countries, we have seen a high demand in roles that require certain high-demand skills. At the top of the list is ‘languages’; if you speak multiple languages, we highly recommend you highlight this skill prominently on your CV as it can open doors for you. Beyond languages, it’s never too late to learn something new; which brings us to the next important factor.

Equip Yourself With Specialist Training

Keeping your expertise sharp and current is crucial; plus, it’s fulfilling to while advance your professional knowledge. In the Fintech industry it’s particularly important to be aware of the latest trends and technologies. As markets grow and the demands for new products and services become increasingly complex, it’s essential to keep up with the latest updates. This kind of proficiency can make you the right applicant for a job. Moreover, attending courses (even virtual ones) will not only widen your knowledge, but it can also expand your professional network.

Consider A Contract Job

Even before Covid-19’s economic impact hit, many Payments companies were moving towards a more contract-oriented hiring strategy. Growing businesses often see contract recruitment as a way to expand with minimum risk, whilst contractors typically enjoy a higher day-rate and greater flexibility. Taking on a contract role, might be the perfect way to enter into a company, or even a new industry if you are looking for a career change. Contracts sometimes can be more lucrative and if you are able to prove your value can easily lead to a permanent position.

Be Open To Relocation

Covid-19 has pushed every industry to its digitalisation faster and more effectively than anyone might have ever thought or imagined. However, as companies are still debating the future of office environments, the reality is that even if working from home becomes our “new normal”, many employers are unlikely to embrace it 100%. The Fintech industry is still growing and expanding fast in new countries, where staff with experience are often required on-the-ground. And even though relocation in today’s world seems like a challenging idea, employers are often willing to provide high levels of support, and the long-term rewards can be significant.

Looking for a job, can be a frustrating process, but by keeping open mind it might lead you to a great working opportunity.

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