By Ashleigh Joyce
Goodbye 2020 and hello 2021! After the holiday break, many people are returning to work ready to kick off their job search in the new year. Here are some tips to help you prepare for seeking a new career.
This should be the first thing you think about as it’s the supporting foundation for the strategies and execution of your job search. It’s also important to think about what is important to you and what you want from your next company. Flexibility? Better benefits? Positive culture?
Once you’ve figured out the type of work you want to do and what you need, build a target list of companies that align with your desired list.
Many people don’t actively update their resume as they take on new roles and responsibilities at their current company. Take some time at the end of each year to reflect on your accomplishments. This is a great way to keep your resume as up-to-date as possible.
Evaluate what you are looking for in your next job and highlight your current experiences that align. As you begin looking at various opportunities you’re interested in, you’ll want to tailor your resume to the job description by amplifying your related experience.
Whether we like it or not, social media is wrapped into the recruiting process. By now, most of us have a LinkedIn profile. If you don’t, I highly recommend you create one. Think of your profile as your first impression: You want to humanize it and really show who you are. Here are a few things to think about when updating or creating your profile.
Make sure you have a picture. It doesn’t have to be a professional headshot, but at least use a picture of you that’s clear.
Use the summary to share your passions and interests beyond your work.
Add your updated experience and upload your resume.
Be sure you have contact information so it’s easy for recruiters and networkers to connect with you.
You can opt-in to a setting on your profile to show that you are #OpenToWork, which makes your profile easier to find by recruiters and others on LinkedIn. This clearly shows that you’re open to new opportunities. If you are wanting to keep your search confidential, you can adjust the visibility of this setting to recruiters only.
Follow companies you are interested in so you can stay up to date with their opportunities and news.
Now that you have everything updated, start connecting with people who work in your industry and target companies to build rapport and share your interest in new opportunities.
This doesn’t necessarily have to yield an actual conversation or meeting, but could simply be a monthly or quarterly email to check in. You want to be conscious of others’ time and don’t want to come off as spammy, so it may make sense to ask if your new connections are open to staying in touch.
Use job board automation to help you stay on top of your job search. There is no need to spend hours scrolling through the same jobs pages when platforms like LinkedIn and Indeed can aggregate opportunities and email you with jobs matching your interests.
Joining talent communities from your target companies can also be a great way to stay connected and information about news and jobs.
Remember this is a process that can take time, especially with the recent economic impacts the pandemic has yielded. Stay positive, stay engaged and the right opportunity will come your way.
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