seven preliminary steps for a successful job search
Embarking on a job search is a necessity of life but it can seem like a daunting task. If you take the time to do some prep work before you start your job search, you will be prepared to apply for any job position that arises.
1. Define Your Job Objective
Your first step towards a successful job search is to clearly define what kind of job you are seeking. Are you looking for a new position within the same industry or transitioning from one job sector to another? Are you looking to move to a higher level or transition laterally to another department, or company?
2. Revamp Your Resume
Regardless if you are actively job hunting or passively monitoring the job boards to see if anything piques your interest, your resume should be updated and ready to send just in case a suitable position arises. Be sure that your resume includes information on your most recent position and accurate contact information. You might also want to create a cover letter template that you can send along with your resume so that you don’t have to stress over it.
3. Research Your Industry
If you are looking to change jobs and employers, keep abreast of emerging trends and technology within your industry in which industry competitors may be utilizing but your current employer is not. If you are hoping to move around within your current employer, keeping on top of industry trends and technology and introducing them to the appropriate person may benefit your cause.
4. Update Your Training
If your present employer is lagging behind in the latest trends and technology, or you want to stay one step ahead of your competition, consider upgrading your skills and training through the industry governing association or your local college if they offer the necessary courses. The additional training will benefit you for years to come and keep you in demand.
5. Join Your Industry Related Organization
Become a member of any associations or organizations that pertain to your current job sector or the one in which you are transitioning to. Be an active participant in industry events and dialogue and establish yourself as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic ‘player’. The goal is to stay informed and be recognized as an industry professional.
6. Maintain an Industry Contact List
It is very important to maintain an industry contact list and keep in touch regularly through industry events, online industry forums, and networking. Remember that co-worker that you shared an office with 10 years ago; they may be in a position to offer you a new position within their organization. Never underestimate your efforts to stay connected with industry workers and leaders.
7. Protect Your Reputation
If you are active in various social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, ensure that your profile does not contain any discriminating information and/or photos that will tarnish your reputation. Many prospective employers are searching social media sites for any information that they can find regarding prospective employers. If you don’t want the world to see it or read it, don’t post it online. If you have not done so already, create a profile on LinkedIn which is geared to the business world and enables individuals from varying backgrounds and industries to connect.
If you follow these seven steps before embarking on a job search, you will be ready when a new job opportunity comes your way.