So you're ready to look for a new job, but where do you start? Not only can job searches be overwhelming, they can also become frustrating. It's important to stay positive and remember there's a great job out there waiting for you.
How do you create your own luck? Follow these tips and be proactive!
It's important to always have an up-to-date resume ready to send out. This is a good rule to live by even if you aren't currently looking for work. You never know when a great opportunity will come along. The same can be said for having references handy in the event a potential employer requests it. For some tips on how to have an awesome reference list prepared at a moment's notice, check out our list of dos and don'ts.
Don't already have a LinkedIn account? Do yourself a favor and create a profile! LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your skills and experience, while making connections with people who can help with your job search. This professional social media page is a great one stop shop to search for job opportunities, follow corporate business pages, and reach out to potential employers.
It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know
Get the word out that you're currently looking for a new job opportunity. Many people don't realize that a number of jobs aren't listed on job boards, or advertised at all for that matter. Spread the word to your family and friends that you're actively looking for employment; you never know when someone will have a connection or a lead.
If You Build It, They Will Come
Find yourself searching the same job boards every day? Most major job boards will give you the option of setting up job alerts or notifications. This feature allows you to set up alerts based on keywords or locations. Once you have everything set up, job postings will be sent directly to your email. Bye bye, board burnout!
A Little Help From My Friends
If you're getting stuck in your job search, free services are readily available to provide assistance. Many colleges and local libraries offer workshops, classes, and advice about writing resumes. You can also reach out to an employment agency- like us! - to get connected with local employers. Our top notch recruiters have connected many great candidates with successful companies.
The most important thing is to not get discouraged. Searching for a new career opportunity is a long process, which usually doesn't come easy. Samuel Goldwyn once said, "The harder I work, the luckier I get." Remember, hard work and persistence will always pay off. The perfect job will come along when the time is right.
What are some of your job search tips?