Quick Tips for Finding a New Job
Be clear on what you want
Ask yourself the following questions: What do you want in a job? Is the position fulfilling and challenging? Is it a perfect fit for your persona or will you have to chisel yourself down to being unrecognizable even to your own self? Now write out a list of job qualities that describe the ideal job. Write down and clarify your desired job as though you are describing it to a recruiter, human resource manager, or hiring manager. Use your specific words to clearly define your goals.
Tailor your resume to each job
It is best to tailor your resume and cover letter to each position you’re applying for. The more customized the resume and cover letter, the better. So, take the time to look over your resume carefully and make sure that it’s appropriate for the position you’re applying for. If you’re not sure where to start, there are online resources that can help you learn how to customize your resume or hire a professional resume writer.
Create your online career brand
You probably already know how important a good online reputation is for your career. A well-crafted online brand will help to showcase your professional strengths and sound as if you have the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
Perform a self-assessment
The job search can be painful and fraught with uncertainty. We don’t know whether we’ll be employed by the time we finish looking. We don’t even know where to look sometimes. In order to make sure you choose the right career, you need to understand how to think about your career. Take a moment to give yourself the following self-assessment: Are you interested in working in a single industry, sector or profession? If not, you could focus on developing skills in a range of disciplines and change directions later.
Get training and update your resume
Don’t leave things to chance and wait for your company to decide what type of work you should do. You should actively seek training and update your resume as new skill sets become available and possible career paths shift. What will help in finding a suitable career is guidance from your company, network, or a professional career counselor.
Continue growing and learning
Staying with the same company if it is not the right fit or you have outgrown it can lead to stagnation and it won’t provide you with the opportunity to really grow as a professional. In addition, over time roles within companies become more specialized or generalized with multiple roles in one job. Workers might become stuck doing more menial tasks until their skill sets become outdated and they’re unable to advance in their careers. Work-life balance is another issue.