Preparing for a New Job Search
Once you have decided that you are ready to leave your current position, there are a few things to remember before you start canvassing your resume online. Job hunting isn’t as simple as hitting the send button; you must detach yourself from the role you are in at your current firm and re-imagine yourself as an eager, bright-eyed new recruit ready for new challenges. Once you are in that mindset, you must do a bit of personal housekeeping to ensure that the way you present yourself matches up with reality. Here are some simple ways to get started:
1.) Is your resume up to date and accurate for the position you are looking for?
Yes, your resume may reflect your current position; but does the description of your responsibilities reflect who you are now, as opposed to who you were when you started out? What about reflecting where you are planning on taking your career?
2.) Have you reached out to your personal network?
You should be doing this in conjunction to working with a recruiter to try and find any possible leads on open positions. While recruiters can often be the gatekeepers of highly coveted jobs, it’s very likely that a firm would like to hire people from its own employees if possible. Recruiters will do their best for you, but it’s within your best interest to spread yourself as far as you can go in this.
3.) Is your LinkedIn profile up to date?
If anyone becomes intrigued by your resume and wants to know more, you can be sure this is where they’re going to look next for more information about you. LinkedIn is essentially the Facebook of the professional world; people are going to be curious how you exhibit yourself on social media, and will use your online profile to see if everything listed on your resume matches up with the digital version of you.
4.) Do you have an actual search plan ready to execute?
Set goals for what you want to accomplish as far as whom you’ve reached out to, how many times you’ve sent out your resume, how long per day or week you are spending job searching, etc. Assuming you are still working at your current job, it’s very easy to put all this on the backburner because you’re too busy or tired. You need a solid game plan to keep yourself motivated to look for a new job.
5.) Give your personal references a head’s up!
After you’ve been invited to your first interview, remember to inform the people you plan on using as personal references that you are going to be doing so. Not only is it the polite thing to do, it gives them enough time to prepare what nice and lovely things they are going to tell the hiring person about you when they call or email! Good/bad references can make or break a job interview. And if they’ve shown enough interest to bother calling your references at all, there’s no sense in slacking now!
If you have any additional questions about preparing for a job search, please contact the Microsol Staffing team for further information. We aren’t just here to shuffle you resume around; we work with you to help you feel confident in yourself and your career!