Setting some big career goals for 2023? If you’re looking to land a new job in the new year, there are key ways to make the very most out of your time and effort.
Hint: Like all well-planned business ventures, organization plays a critical role. Below, we’ve highlighted 10 pieces of advice that can help you approach your search with maximized tact, and in turn, improve the likelihood of success.
1. FRESHEN THINGS UP
Polish your LinkedIn profile and update your resume. Learned a new skill lately? Add new content to your resume that will help you stand out from the crowd. While you’ll want to submit a resume and cover letter tailored to each specific opportunity, it’s important to have strong (and current) documents to start from.
2. CONTACT YOUR REFERENCES
Proactively reach out to your references right away and let them know you're looking for a new job. Provide details about the type of role you’re pursuing, highlight any notable career developments and mention that you’d still like to include them on any reference lists you’re asked to provide. Additionally, be sure to share your appreciation and ask if you might be able to do anything to help them as well.
3. GO BOARD BROWSING
Searching the listings on job boards and industry association websites serves as a key jumping off point in finding the roles you’d like to pursue. However, it is important to remember that some of the best career opportunities may not yet be advertised. Which leads us to our next point…
4. CONNECT WITH AN EXPERT
Specialized staffing agencies such as Cella are premier sources of invaluable information about the job market. Recruiters know what client companies are looking for and how job seekers can best market their skills. Keep in mind, they often know of upcoming opportunities that haven’t yet been announced, so being proactive by connecting with a recruiter can help you get ahead in the searching process. A recruiter can also help you refine your resume or portfolio, navigate the interview process and negotiate compensation.
5. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
Building your professional network is definitely a good idea, especially when you’re actively searching for a new job opportunity. Make time to attend virtual or in-person industry networking events to meet new contacts. Spread the word about your job search in your own circle, and tap your professional network to help identify and evaluate opportunities.
6. SET A SCHEDULE
Even in a candidate-friendly market, securing a job offer requires discipline and diligence. Create a clearly defined daily or weekly schedule to devote to your job-hunting endeavors.
7. MAKE A LIST OF APPEALING EMPLOYERS
While job titles themselves are one of the most important ways to determine a role’s suitability, it can be equally key to consider who you’d like to work for in addition to what you’d like to do. Create a list of companies that have values that align with yours, and then regularly check the Career pages of those organizations.
8. SAY THANKS
Did a neighbor send you a promising job lead? Did an old colleague endorse you on LinkedIn? Did a friend from college offer to proofread your resume? Whenever you receive any kind of help, always share prompt and sincere appreciation – and offer to return the favor when the time comes.
9. STAY ORGANIZED
Track applications submitted in Google docs, Excel or Word, or through a tool like JibberJobber.com. Also, make note of the people you contact, when you communicate and the responses you receive. The minutiae of job seeking can be overwhelming. Good records help you keep things manageable.
10. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Go into your job search with an optimistic attitude and a commitment to persevere. You have unique talents and abilities to offer, so don’t give up. The right job for you is out there. When in doubt about whether or not to apply for a job, make a plan to submit your resume. As hockey great Wayne Gretzky famously said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.”
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