It’s another year; for many, it is the time to set new goals, follow new habits and make life changes in preparation for the future. For some, this is the time when they consider their current career and find a new job in the process.
If this is your situation, there are ways to optimize your job search not just for the new year but for any time you need to do a job search. Down below are 10 ways we believe can help you out:
1. Update Your Resume
It is ideal for updating your resume whenever you do a job search. You may have done a considerable amount of work or signed up for seminars or training in the previous year, so you must list it in your resume.
Make sure that updating your resume highlights the related experiences and achievements that match the job you plan to apply for. It must also be formatted in the right style to match the position you plan to apply for.
2. Create Your Brand
Given the competition in the job market, job applicants can increase their chances of getting noticed by building a brand online.
The best way to build a personal brand is by creating a strong social media presence and signing up for job search apps. Most recruiters nowadays ask applicants for their social media profiles as an additional references.
3. Develop Or Update Your Skill Set
Aside from building your brand, you can make yourself marketable by updating your skill set or adding new skills. To do this, you don’t have to sign up for a college course, and you can simply join a short training course, read a book related to the skills you want to learn and attend workshops or talks.
4. Know Your Intentions
Before doing a job search, you must be aware of your intentions as to why you are looking for a new job and what you want to achieve with it. Are you no longer satisfied with your current position? Do you want to challenge yourself with something new?
Write these intentions down to help you stay focused on achieving your goals, find the right job during your job search and be satisfied with your chosen job for a long time.
5. Create A Goal Plan
You also need to create a goal plan to help you find the right job during your job search. Your goal plan can highlight your timeline and what you need to do to achieve your goals.
6. Find A Mentor
A mentor can also help you do a precise job search for the position you want to apply for. If you can’t find the exact job you want to apply for, your mentor can use their network to recommend you to the right people. They can even share their experience to help you advance in your career.
Some of the best mentors you can approach are your former professors or team leaders in your previous work. If you don’t know the best approach given the industry you plan to join, you can join networking events or mentoring groups online.
7. Take The Initiative
When it comes to job searches, we tend to take a passive approach to get more applications in and get more chances to land a job. However, if you take a more active approach, you can increase your chances of finding other opportunities not posted on job search sites.
Some initiatives you can take include reaching out directly to hiring managers on social media sites or groups and even seeking the help of your mentors to get tips on possible job openings you may be able to apply for.
8. Create A Routine
Some people cannot find a job because they do not exert enough effort and allot time to the task. They would simply reuse the resume they have from before, leave it as it is and submit it. Some would even do the job search when they feel like it rather than look at the job boards consistently.
You can focus your time and effort on your job search better with a routine. You will also develop a healthy habit when it comes to looking for any future job search you may make in the future.
9. Create Healthy Habits
Job searches can be stressful, but you shouldn’t let them get to you. After your job search, rest, eat the right food and socialize with your family and friends. Since this is the new year, make it a point to build these habits if you haven’t done so already. It will work wonders in your everyday life, not just job searching.
10. Keep Up The Good Work
If you plan to look for a job while still employed, it is best to continue doing your best while waiting for your job search to bear fruit. Not only will this help you stay productive, but it will also help you gain that positive reference from your current employer once you take on a new job.
With the new year upon us, it is not new that we would want to try something new in life. It may be time to change and find a new job in our work. But, before you do so, ensure you are ready for the switch and create a working strategy to maximise your job search. Use the tips above to help you create the right approach, and before you know it, you will be able to land that new job to help you achieve your goals.
Check out these other resume tips that may get you that dream job:
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2 Comments Add yours
Kally, you seem so perceptive about business relationships, I would be interested in reading what you have to say about being a good mentor. Several years ago, a college student asked me to mentor her, and it worked out fairly well, but I suspect some guidance for me as her mentor would have been valuable.
Although retired, this may come up again as Anita and I sometimes work with her college students.
Thanks for sharing. All of these pointers you’ve given are spot on. I updated my resume and landed the job I had been searching for. It took some doing, but I didn’t give up. Thank you for all of the information you share. Keep up the great work. Have a great weekend.