It’s true. 2015 is almost behind us. In a few weeks we’ll usher in 2016. If you have your sights set on a new job for the new year, keep these 5 tips in mind. You might find that dream job you’ve been thinking about.
1. Set your Goal
If you haven’t already defined your dream job, now’s the time to do it. What does the job look like? Do I have the necessary skills to be a solid candidate? Once you have your job defined, then set some goals…like you want to have 20 resumes or applications sent out by March. You want to have 5 interviews under your belt by May. You want to be up and running in your new job by June. Set clear goals, then focus on achieving them.
2. Polish your Resume
It’s always important to have your resume updated and ready to be sent out at a moment’s notice. Make sure it’s typo-free, reader-friendly, and succinctly summarizes your skills and relevant work experience.
3. Button up your Social Profiles
In last week’s blog post, we shared that 93% of hiring managers will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Make sure your social profiles like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are free of questionable content and photography. And make sure you have a LinkedIn profile that is updated with your photo, most recent work experience, accomplishments and endorsements from people you have worked with (past and present).
4. Prioritize your Network List
When it comes to your professional network, it’s quality over quantity. Take some time to review your network list and identify the ‘top-tier’ individuals you want to reach out to and let know that you’re looking for a job change in 2016. The stronger the relationships are within your network, the stronger the chances are they will help you with your job search in any way they can.
The stronger the relationships are within your network, the stronger the chances are they will help you with your job search in any way they can.
5. Sharpen your Communication Skills
The way we communicate in the professional world has changed dramatically in recent years. A lot of communication is now done by email, text message or video conference. Think about which communication skills you use most frequently in your job field, then fine-tune those skills to present yourself in the best way possible.
If you need some help with your CT job search, a staffing agency can always give you that extra support that can make all the difference in finding that dream job. A.R. Mazzotta offers career placement services for full-time employment as well as services for contract jobs and temp-to-hire opportunities. Contact us today to learn more.