With spring in the air, it's that time of year to fire up your job search and move forward with renewed motivation. While minimally drifting through the marketplace may have been efficient for when you weren't really looking, a diverse strategy can help you go beyond that to landing the right job. Grow from a passive job seeker to an active one by taking a few leaves out of our book.
Learn more about what you want in your next opportunity, as well as what you need to do to get there, by doing your job research. You can also look into interesting fields and prospective employers to put yourself in a better position moving forward. Not every job and company is the same, and by getting a head start in knowing what they offer, you can discover and define what's right for you. Doing your research will also help you to prioritize what you want to focus on and not waste time in pursuing opportunities that will only wear you down.
Combed through job boards and employment listings in newspapers and did not find what you want? Set up job alerts on job boards and post up your resume for hiring managers and recruiters to find. Check out company websites for openings that are not posted on standard job boards. You can also send a letter of interest to your dream company even if they do not currently have an opening for you. When applying for a job, take the time to tailor your resume for the company and position to stand out.
Get your family and friends on board and let them know what you're looking for. Get on social media, especially LinkedIn if you're not already on it. Increase your online activity and follow professionals in your interested field to get updated on industry news and more. Build your network and make new connections. Additionally, you should attend job fairs where employers will meet you halfway and you can speak to representatives personally, as well as gather information. You can also contact a recruiting agency and enlist the help of a recruiter whose specialty is in helping people find jobs.
Timing is important. Don't let employers catch you off-guard. It's not unusual for hiring managers and recruiters to reach out after some time following your submitted application, or if they looked you up and found your resume online. Be prepared for the next step in the hiring process. Have your notes for phone or face to face interviews ready. As well, update your references and clue them in about your job search status.
Make your job search a success by taking it up a few notches. Don't miss out on the right opportunity by not putting your best foot forward.