Preparing for a job search is exciting, but it’s also a bit daunting. Finding a new position is often time-consuming and complex. Fortunately, you can make the journey simpler by using the right approach.
Here are five things to keep in mind when starting your job search.
1. Define Your Goals and Priorities
Before you start looking for open positions, take the time to define your goals and priorities. Outline what you want to find in a new job. For example, consider what type of duties you’d like to have or the skills you want to leverage. Determine the kind of environment and culture that suits you best, as well as any benefits or perks you consider must-haves. Additionally, figure out what sort of compensation you’re seeking, giving you a specific range to target.
By taking this step, you’ll have an easier time identifying right-fit opportunities as you search for openings. That way, you can direct your energy in the best possible direction.
2. Craft a Strong Resume and Cover Letter
Another critical thing to do before starting your job search is to update your resume to ensure it’s as strong as possible. In most cases, you’re best served by creating a master resume that includes any potentially relevant achievement, skill, or other point you may want to share. Then, when you need to target your resume to the job, you can simply remove accomplishments that aren’t as relevant and do other minor tweaks, streamlining the process.
Similarly, preparing an initial cover letter can be helpful. While you’ll want to target the content to the specific role, having one ready gives you a functional framework to follow.
3. Leverage Your Network
Your network is an excellent resource during a job search. Along with potentially providing you with information about openings that align with your goals and skills, your network may lead to direct referrals.
Plus, leveraging your network can give you a source of support and guidance. Additionally, by looping in the members, you may be able to ensure that those who would make great references are comfortable with taking on that role in advance.
4. Utilize Online Job Search Platforms
Online job search platforms are another excellent tool when you’re looking for new positions. Use several to widen your reach, and take advantage of various search options and filters to narrow down the results. It’s also wise to set up job alerts based on different search criteria. Then, if a new listing appears that could be a match, you’ll get a notification, automating a portion of your search efforts.
5. Stay Organized
During a job search, organization is critical. Create a mechanism for tracking the job listing you’re interested in, applications you’ve submitted, and any follow-up attempts. That helps you track crucial details, which will prove valuable as your job search unfolds.
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If you’d like to learn more about how to have a successful job search or want to partner with a recruiter to take your job search to the next level, The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us today.