Are you kick-starting your job search this year?
2020 as a special ring to it! This could be the year where you make the move to bigger and better things. To get started, I’ve prepared a list of practical steps you should put in place before you start applying for your next position.
It is all about planning and preparation!
- Update or rewrite your resume – include your ‘business as usual’ responsibilities and then your achievements in each role. This will highlight how you have added value to each position. Be prepared to tailor your resume for each role you apply to.
- Contact your referees – share your plans with them, discuss the type of opportunity you are looking for, refresh their memory on your achievements when you worked together.
- Reconnect with former colleagues and managers – after all, they will be able to speak on your behalf when the time comes.
- Clarify in your own mind what you are looking to do next. Think about what you enjoy, what you are good at and what type of position will help you achieve a longer-term goal.
- Update your social media presence to reflect your current skills, experience and professional photo. You need to position yourself to be found. IF you are still in a role, ensure your activity alerts are turned off (privacy settings) so your current employer does not see your increased activity.
- Ensure you are following and engaging with relevant professional associations, industry hang-outs and aware of relevant upcoming conferences.
- Research the market - create job alerts to get a feel of the current market and to ensure that technology does the work for you.
- Target industries where you have previous experience.
- Look closely at roles where you fulfil at least one of the most important criteria.
- Cover letter – if an application requests one, ensure you tailor it to the role and make it succinct and relevant prose. Don’t be fooled into thinking a long cover letter telling your entire career/life story is going to be of value.
- Prepare for interviews – brush up on presenting yourself in the best and most relevant light. The people2people Interview Centre is a good place to start.
- Speak with the best recruiter(s) within the field in which you specialise.
Take a deep breath and get your “ducks in a row”. Starting your job search is not as daunting as it may first seem!
Once you have all the practical preparation ticked off, it is all about timing, attitude and perseverance. The new role will not come along overnight but it is out there!