Is finding a new job one of your New Year’s Resolutions? I’m sure if you’re reading this article, it might just be. Now that we’re a couple weeks into the year, are you feeling a little overwhelmed by the undertaking? Are you feeling anxious because you don’t even know where to start? Don’t worry, here are a handful of very small bite-sized pieces you can attack that will help get you started.
Do your due diligence
What do you want? Be clear about what you want and compile a list of 5-10 companies that fit the bill. If you’re going to invest time in the process, be specific about what companies you want to work for and don’t short change your happiness.
Be ready. It’s not uncommon for companies to immediately reach out once they receive your resume. The more you know about the company, the better that first call will go. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. And don’t neglect to do your research on the community if you are planning to relocate.
Update your resume
Create a dynamic cover letter: If you’ve done your due diligence, you can create a very strong cover letter that specifically targets the job you want.
Add skills and promotions. If it’s been a while since you’ve last updated your resume, you’ve probably developed some skills along the way that need to be added. Make sure to also add any promotions you may have earned
Make sure your contact info is up to date: As a recruiter, it’s extremely frustrating to find a resume that checks every box my client is looking for only to find a phone number disconnected and rejected email.
Strengthen Your Online Profile
It’s more common than not for companies to “cyber-stalk” job applicants. With so many social media apps out there, take an afternoon and audit your online presence. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date with your work history and consistent with your resume, and clean up any potential embarrassing content.
Your online presence, most of the time, is your true first impression and this could potentially be a deal breaker right out of the gate when searching for a new job.