Starting a job search can feel overwhelming. Many job seekers don’t know where to start. Usually what they do is immediately start searching for vacancies on job boards. But it really makes the most sense to take a step back first and ensure that you will be successful by implementing best practices.
Here are some things that successful job seekers do first before they starting searching for that next position:
1) Take inventory. What do you have to offer to a potential employer? Is your skill set marketable? Knowing what you have to offer ties into knowing what your skills are worth. Too many people jump into a job search, and because they are desperate, they take the first thing that they are offered without taking the time to find out what their skills are worth in the marketplace.
2) Research your job target. What is the job title that you are targeting? Are there different variations of that title depending on which company you are applying for? And what kinds of skills are employers are asking for when they post vacancies for that type of position? You will be most successful when you demonstrate that you are a great match for what an employer is seeking.
3) Review the past. Are there any lessons learned that you need to apply to your career going forward? Why are you interested in looking for another job now? Were you laid off or fired? Are you bored and in need of a new challenge? Or are you burned out? If any of these scenarios apply to you, you may need to do some soul searching to determine what you can do differently in the future to avoid a repeat of the past.
4) Refresh your resume. How long has it been since you updated your resume? Is there more current information that you need to add? Is there older information that is no longer relevant that you need to omit? Since your resume is often the first thing that employers see that represents you, it needs to be compelling.
5) Revitalize your network. Yes. It is still true. Most people still get their jobs through networking. If it has been awhile since you have been in contact with key people in your network, it is a good idea to touch base with them before you have a need. If you have the luxury of taking your time to find that next position, use that time well and start cultivating your network before you ask them for anything. That will take the awkwardness out of your networking efforts, and it is likely to yield better results.
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