You’ve been thinking about leaving your job for a while now, but entropy has you hanging on, avoiding any job search drama even though you’re unhappy. But with the spring should come a renewed energy to get out there and jump-start your job search. Here are some tips to motivate you to get out there and find what you want.
What Do You Want to Do Next?
If you want to take the next step toward finding a good career, it’s time to think about your goals. If you haven’t asked yourself what you’d like to do next, maybe it’s time. It’s probably easier to blanket the universe with resumes, but if you do that, you run the risk of getting stuck in the same position you’re in now. Think beyond the idea of a job and start to map out your career. Many times, when people leap into a job search, they begin by working on their resume. Not so fast. Instead, spend time considering what an ideal position would look like to you. What’s the kind of culture that intrigues you? What is the highest and lowest point on the salary range that you’re willing to accept? Are there benefits you know you must have? Think about where you want to be in three years or five, and it will help you begin to create a career roadmap to guide your search.
Now, Tackle Your Resume
After you’ve done some soul searching, then and only then should you consider working on your resume. You could even develop a website and portfolio of your work. If you’re a writer, graphic designer, event planner, photographer, programmer—or something else, having a website is a good way to showcase your work. You can even have a resume website that gives the viewer a sense of your approach to the work you do.
Speaking of your resume, make sure to update yours with specific keywords to fit the field you’re in. You can also have more than one resume if you have skills that could crossover between two different jobs. Always submit your resume in the format the company asks for, whether it’s a PDF or a Word document. Do tailor your resume to fit the job you’re applying for, as well. It will help you get noticed by recruiters.
LinkedIn Still Matters
LinkedIn is still an important tool for job seekers. You should match your website, resume, and LinkedIn profile to all match. Make sure the chronological data is mirrored on all three venues. Recruiters troll LinkedIn all day long looking for candidates, so put some effort into making your profile smart and professional looking. Make sure your summary and experience are up-to-date and give yourself a clever headline. Once your profile is up-to-date, you can connect with recruiters and hiring managers from the LinkedIn platform.
While these are just a few tips, IES Custom Staffing has a dozen more. All you have to do is pick up the phone and reach out to our team. We can help you take the next career step. Contact us today.