If your goal is to get a new job in the New Year, here are 7 things you need to do to prepare:
1. Define your ideal job.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” That line, from Alice in Wonderland, is important to remember in your job search.
If you don’t know what your dream job looks like, how will you know how to find it? What job title and responsibilities are you interested in? Do you want to work independently, as part of a team, or both? Do you like short-term projects or long-term projects? Who would you report to? Who would report to you? Answering these questions can help you define your ideal position and keep your search on track.
2. Build your network.
It’s estimated that the majority of jobs are found through networking and referrals. According to Jobvite’s 2017 survey, the vast majority of positions are filled through referrals and not job boards:
“Job boards have a .4% effectiveness and employee referrals have 5.2% effectiveness.”
Networking effectiveness is not just about quality — although that’s important. It’s also about quantity. It’s not just about who you know; it’s about who your contacts know. Many times, it’s the friend-of-a-friend who can help you land your dream job.
Grow your network both professionally and personally. You never know who will be the one to introduce you to your next job opportunity. Here’s more on how to network your way to a new job!
3. Update your resume.
An up-to-date resume is a must. Create a solid ‘starter’ resume which can be easily customized for each application, avoiding the stress of writing your resume on the fly when the right role pops up.
If you’ve taken on additional responsibilities in your current role, changed your job target, or added new training or educational credentials to your portfolio – your resume should reflect this. Of course, if you don’t have a resume at all, now is definitely the time to put one together! More tips on developing a resume here.
4. Develop — or update — your LinkedIn profile.
A LinkedIn profile doesn’t replace the resume…it complements it. Someone looking for a candidate with your skills and experience can easily conduct a search on LinkedIn and find you. Or, someone in your network might be interested in recommending you and forward your LinkedIn profile to a hiring manager for consideration.
With this in mind, a strategically, and fully populated, LinkedIn profile is a must. Ensure your profile showcases who you are, what your top skills are, and what specific industry/occupation you are targeting. When developing your profile, keep these top mistakes front of mind.
5. Know what you’re worth: conduct salary research.
One of the most often-cited reasons to consider a job search is to increase your salary. But how do you know what you’re worth? There is more salary research data available than ever before. Websites like Glassdoor.com and Salary.com can help you see how your current salary and benefits package stacks up. Here are some excellent tips to help you negotiate a salary when the time comes.
6. Manage your online reputation.
More and more hiring managers are checking you out online before they interview you. What will they find when they type your name into Google? How about if they check out your Twitter profile? Or find you on Facebook? Now is the time to conduct a social media assessment and clean up your online profiles. Present yourself professionally across all platforms.
7. Create a target list of companies you’d like to work for.
Like your ideal job, you probably have a preference for the type of organization you want as your employer. Things to consider include: company size, industry, culture, location, and structure (public, private, family-owned, franchise, nonprofit, etc.). Once you’ve made your list, look for companies that fit your criteria. By identifying right-fit critieria you can ensure you Avoid Accepting a Job That’s a Bad Fit.
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