15 Tips for getting (and Staying) Job Search Ready
- 1Maintaining a weekly journal where you have your accomplishment on the job or other active roles you can track. It is a good idea to have a record of some of your achievements because you will have an easier time when it comes to writing a cover letter and preparing for interviews.
- 2. Updating your resume every month so that you can add the latest achievements and professional activities. If you have the CV always current, it will be easier to share it with a recruiter or a connection.
- 3. Keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date, and this is through the integration of the latest information on your skills, accomplishment, and knowledge. LinkedIn searches have become mining grounds for employers to look for passive job seekers. Having your LinkedIn profile in good condition will prove to be a great tool.
- 4. Continue to expand your roster of contacts. If you happen to meet someone who might be able to help you in the future when looking for a job, connect with them on career or social networking platforms. The more connections you can make, then the more opportunities you will have.
- 5Looking for opportunities for periodically engaging with your key contacts so you can keep those relationships current. Share information of interests with people and offering to help contacts if they are in career transition. Meeting with a person face to face is important when it comes to cementing the relationship you have been able to make online.
- 6Creating and carrying out your professional development plan. You should always be working to keep the skills and knowledge current. Employers will alwaysprefer workers who are fully committed to improving themselves and keeping up with the latest trends in the industry.
- 7Staying active when it comes to professional organization so you can expand your network. You can participate by helping in organizing events, writing articles, presenting at association programs, and attending career networking events.
- 8. Knowing who you can trust when it comes to recommendations at all times. You should think deeply about prospective referees to your employees, suppliers, supervisors, clients, etc. One way to deal with this is to write LinkedIn recommendations for targeted individuals, and many of them will be happy to do the same for you. Know who you are going to put as your reference. Before you can use someone, make sure you have their permission.
- 9Reviewing job listing in your field on a regular basis so you can see the latest trends and expectations of employers. You can go to Indeed.com or any other good job site after a couple of weeks and see the type of jobs that are there for someone who has your skill set.
- 10Evaluating your job satisfaction regularly and also anticipating burnout before stress starts to overwhelm you. If you find that you are stressed and tired, you can start considering other job options. This is where you start thinking about quitting the job.
- 11Researching career alternative if you start to see the current field doesn’t suit your lifestyle or interest anymore.
- 12Having an emergency fund that you can use in the event you lose your job. Having some savings will give you the luxury of being selective on your next job.
- 13Ensuring there are copies of work samples and personal documents that are outside where you work, and this is important because you can be separated from your work desk and computer with little notice.
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