On the hunt? Job hunt that is...maybe the pandemic has you looking for a "remote only" job. Or maybe you have gained some new skills and want to make sure you are putting them to the best use in the workplace. The process of finding a new job can feel a little daunting, but with a few simple steps, you can begin your job hunt with the best start possible. Here are some that you may want to take into consideration as you are looking.
Consider What You Want From Your New Role
If you’re looking for a new job simply because you lost your previous position and need another to pay the bills, you may be tempted to just apply to any relevant position and this would be fair enough. But regardless of your reason for looking for a new job, you should take a moment to consider what exactly it is that you want from your new role. This will allow you to browse jobs boards and whittle down your options to - hopefully - only relevant positions that you can see yourself sitting in long term. Is there a specific salary you require to accept a position? Do you want to work remotely or from a specific location within a certain proximity of your home? Do you want to work for a major corporation or would you be happier in a start up or small business? A number of different factors can impact how happy you will be in a new position, so take everything you can into consideration before even applying.
Update Your LinkedIn Profile
It’s always a good idea to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date. LinkedIn is a platform that recruiters often use to scout out potential candidates for positions they’re looking to fill. They will see individuals’ profiles, determine whether they seem to fit the description they’re looking for and may send messages offering you an interview or to put you in touch with the company looking for staff. On top of this, LinkedIn can help you to connect with others in the field you’re looking to get into. Make sure your profile is up to date to ensure it highlights your previous positions, skillsets and more. Take a look at the profile of scott haber for an example.
Update Your CV
Almost any job you apply to is likely to ask for a CV or “resume”. This is a brief document that shows what you’ve done prior to this role and what qualifications you have. It may also feature information such as second languages, ability to drive and other skills that could prove useful in your role. Make sure your CV is as up to date as possible, as this will highlight everything you can bring to the company and can get your foot in the door.
Be Prepared for Interviews
Interviews have always been common for landing a position. But nowadays, three stage interview processes, as well as tasks to demonstrate your abilities, are becoming more common. This can feel tiring, but if you’re offered the position at the end, it will all be worth it.
Hopefully, some of the steps outlined above will help you to get the ball rolling in the right direction! Good luck with your job search!
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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