Searching for a new job can be a daunting task; if you haven't searched in a while, it can feel like there is a lot between you and your next gig. And sometimes, it's difficult to know exactly where to start. However, if you’re an organized and determined job seeker, your next, best job is ready and waiting for you.
The best way to stay organized is to create a job search checklist - a running list of all the items you need to be prepared to take on your search. Below, we’ve outline the key things you need to do to get your job search underway.
1. Update your resume and cover letter
Though it may seem obvious, it’s always a good reminder to clean off your old resume and make the necessary updates. Ensure that all of the dates and titles are correct, update your skills, and seriously consider tailoring your resume to each job position you apply for. Every potential job is going to require different skills, and altering your resume to best fit each position is well worth your time.
2. Update your LinkedIn and social media profiles
Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is in line with your resume - hiring managers and recruiters will definitely be looking at it, and you don’t want to send mixed messages. Also ensure that your social media profiles are appropriate, they will be browsing through your public profiles, as well.
Think back to all of the people you’ve met throughout your career - can they help you land the perfect job? Maybe you have a connection in common on LinkedIn for a company you’re applying to, or you met a potential new company/contact at a conference. Whatever it may be, take the time to connect and network away!
4. Browse job boards online
As you all know - there are plenty of opportunities to search for jobs from the comfort of your own home (check out our open jobs on CareerBliss! #SponsoredPost). Take the time to browse through online job boards and apply, apply, apply!
5. Prepare for your interview
The last thing you want to do is show up unprepared and empty handed for your interview. Make sure that you have fully read the job description and can talk though all of the reasons your skills marry up with what they’re looking for, and be sure to research the company and any industry trends that may help you in your answers. And it’s always a good idea to have a few questions ready to ask the interviewee at the end of your interview, that way they know you're committed and fully prepared.
6. Always send a thank you note
It’s always best to thank your interviewer for taking the time to speak or meet with you. In doing so, you’ll let them know you’re a thoughtful job seeker, who is very interested in their company and in landing the job. Saying thank you is always encouraged, especially after an interview!
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