Before You Start Your Job Search Make Sure You Do These Things
Maybe you’re unemployed. Or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to move on from your current job. Either way, you’re getting ready to begin a job search. You might be in a hurry to get going, but there are certain things that you must do before you start the process.
Even if you’ve been laid off or fired from a job, and you’re in a panic, you need to take the time to make certain that you prepare yourself correctly to find your next job. Let’s take a look at the top things you can do to help yourself build a successful and effective job search.
Get your resume in tip top shape. It’s possible that your resume will be the first thing a potential new employer will see and when you’re looking for a job, first impressions are important.
Your resume should look professional, with clean formatting, and perfect grammar and spelling. Visually, it should be pleasing to the eye, with clean lines. Use bolded words or headings, and bulleted lists for impact, but don’t overdo it.
Next, write a good cover letter template that you can customize for each possible employer and job. The cover letter template should match your resume in tone, and the font size and style should also match your resume.
Cover letters are meant to give a potential employer an overview of your skills and abilities, but should be one page long, maximum. Most hiring managers read cover letters to see if they want to even bother with the resume, so make sure your grammar and spelling is perfect, and that the letter makes the employer want to read on.
Google your name, both without quotation marks and with. The reason you want to do this is to make sure that there is nothing negative floating around the Internet about you. While you might think this is impossible, it doesn’t hurt to check.
If you find nothing negative, great! If you find something negative, start taking steps to clean up your Internet presence and make it more positive. Join LinkedIn, or if you’re already a member, spruce up your profile. Potential employers sometimes use LinkedIn to find new employees or contract employees.
Consider creating an online resume, also known as a visual CV. You can include video, images and links to highlight your skills and professional accomplishments. This is becoming a more and more popular means of getting your resume noticed.
Set goals for yourself. Before you actively start searching for your job, decide to send out a certain number of resumes a week and make a certain number of contacts. Write down all of the things you can do to help yourself in your job search and then set goals for getting those things done and keeping them current.
Your job search might take awhile, but don’t get discouraged. Searching for a new job is a job in itself. The good news is that you have control! It’s you who decides how to do it and ultimately, it’s you who will be responsible for getting results.