If the summer break has you thinking of a new direction in the new year, start your search with a bit of background work first. Here’s a recap of the 10 Day job search challenge we ran earlier this year to help give you a kick start.
Take some time to set your career goals, and constantly refer back to them – even if you aren’t actively looking for a job right now. Goals are great motivation in our personal and work lives, and if it’s time to take the next steps, knowing what you’re working towards will help in the success of your job search. Read our tips for setting your goals here.
It’s important to take the time to identify your strengths so you can articulate and communicate them to future employers, and build your profile whilst you aren’t looking. Read our tips for defining your strengths here.
Improving your digital footprint is important to your job search for two reasons. Firstly, you’re going to improve your chances of being found. Search engines and social media provide recruiters and organisations with the tools required to source top talent, based on your digital profiles. So the better your profile, the more likely you are to turn up in a search for that dream role you’ve been looking for.
Read our tips for improving your digital footprint here.
Even if you aren’t actively looking right now, it’s a good idea to keep your resume updated regularly, for the simple reason that it’s easier to record your accomplishments as you go, rather than trying to remember them when your dream job presents itself. It will also mean you have it on hand when all your hard work from our last 3 tips of our challenge pay off and you receive a call from a recruiter with your dream job!
Read our tips for updating your resume here.
Industry and market knowledge is a powerful advantage in any job search as you’ll not only know where you sit in terms of demand for your skills, but also the types of companies you’d like to work for to grow your career.
Read our tips for researching the job market here.
Knowing the type of workplace culture and environment that brings out the best in you will play an important role in your job search. Cultural fit is just as important as job fit and your ability to perform the duties of the position you’re hired for. If you’re not happy with the culture you find yourself working in, then you’re likely in for a long road of difficult situations, choices, and unhappiness when it comes to your job.
Read our tips for identifying your ideal workplace culture here.
You never know who in your network is holding the key to your next opportunity, or could introduce you to the person who does.
Read our networking tips here.
References serve as a powerful tool during the hiring process. Hiring managers often contact references to find out what a candidate can truly accomplish and what they’re like to work with. This is why it’s important for job seekers to carefully choose their references before applying for jobs.
Read our tips for collecting references here.
Preparing for an interview might seem intimidating, but there are several steps you can take to prepare yourself for a successful interview. Read our tips for getting interview ready here.
Do your research, and seek out a recruiter that specialises in your sector. That way they have the contacts and the market knowledge to be your best advocate during your job search. Read more of our tips for choosing a recruiter here.
With a little planning, you can boost the success of job search by being laser focused on what you’re after and make your next career move a great one. Good luck!