Many professionals launched job searches at the beginning of the year in hopes of furthering their careers. While seeking out new opportunities can be daunting, there are ways to streamline the process and poise yourself for reasonably quick success. If you want to make sure yours goes off without a hitch, here are three tips to improve your job search that work in any industry.
1. Honestly Assess Your Career
When many professionals begin looking for a new position, they jump right into the search. While being enthusiastic is certainly a positive, making your way to job boards or launching social media searches shouldn’t necessarily be your first step.
Instead, spend a little time assessing your career. Be honest with yourself about what’s gone right and where you’ve stumbled. Look at your skillset with a discerning eye and determine if you need to spend time augmenting it to get the job you have in mind. Consider what your references will say about you, both positive and negative. Envision your ideal role in a detailed manner, ensuring you can clearly see your target and remain focused.
An honest career assessment can be a powerful tool. Not only will it help you make sure that you’re headed in the right direction, but it also empowers you to identify any obstacles you may face. That way, you can address those points before applying to open positions, giving you a chance to position yourself as a stronger candidate.
2. Be Prepared for – But Not Afraid of – the Post-COVID Landscape
COVID-19 had a major impact on the world. Millions of people found themselves suddenly unemployed, while many others saw their hours reduced. Many had to adjust to working from home with little notice or training for professionals who kept their jobs. Additionally, companies that continued to hire had to alter their recruitment and hiring practices quickly.
While it may seem like the pandemic means that now isn’t a good time for a job search, that isn’t necessarily the case. Companies are still hiring, and there are opportunities worth pursuing.
However, it is wise to be prepared for what you may encounter due to COVID-19. Make sure you’re prepared to participate in video interviews, as those are incredibly common today. Additionally, consider highlighting your remote work skills – like familiarity with collaboration software, VPN, or video conferencing tools – on your resume and during your interview if you’re going after a work-from-home position.
3. Partner with a Staffing Firm
Managing a job search is always a big task, even when a pandemic isn’t in play. By partnering with a staffing firm, you gain access to allies who can identify suitable opportunities, provide you with guidance, and otherwise help you get your career moving in the right direction.
When you work with a recruitment agency, you may also get access to unadvertised positions. Plus, staffing firms are frequently the sole hiring source for leading companies, meaning you can’t access those opportunities unless you connect with the agency.
If you’re looking for a new job, the team at The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us today to learn more about our open positions and see how our services can benefit you.