Spring has sprung, so now is a great time to shake off those winter blues and focus on your career. Are you a job seeker feeling a slump? Now is a great time to find your career. There are several steps you can take to spring into action this season. Here are just three job search tips to get you started.
Your Interests and Your Experience
When you’ve been looking for a job for a while, it can start to feel like you’re swimming through quicksand. If you’re not exactly clear on what you’re looking for or what you want to do, you’re just throwing resumes into a black hole. The more focused you are, the better your chances of finding a great new job.
Start by taking an inventory of your interests. What do you like to do? What do you want to do? Write everything down, even things that seem entirely irrelevant. Next, make a second list with your experience. These are all the things that you know how to do and are good at doing. Once you have both files, compare them and see where your interests and experience cross over.
Build a Brand and Network
You may think that building an online brand is only for small businesses or entrepreneurs, but that’s not true. Even job seekers can benefit from having a significant online presence. Companies today are looking at social medial profiles to help them make a decision about people they want to hire. You want to make sure that your online presence is consistent and professional. Then use social media to network. Many companies are finding employees this way, so you want to be in a position to be found.
The best place to start is on LinkedIn. Create or complete your profile, add a headline, and join local groups that match what you might be looking for in a new job.
Target Established Job Search Goals Every Day
You may think it’s silly that people say looking for a job is a full–time job, but they’re not wrong. You can be more successful and productive if you view approach your search as you would a full-time job. When you establish goals, it’s easier to achieve them.
For many people, it helps to start the day just like they would if they were working. Set an alarm, get up, get ready for work, and then set up a workspace with your computer. Start the day by creating a to-do list that includes things like researching local companies, filling out a certain number of online applications, writing cover letters, customizing your resume, and more. Then stick to a schedule, but don’t forget to take breaks.