Whether it’s because of the employment climate surrounding COVID-19 or because it’s just that time, you’re seeking a new job. If it’s been a while since you’ve sought new employment, it can be overwhelming to reenter the ever evolving job market. Whether this is a result of needing to learn about new technologies, contemporary networking practices, or about controlling your social media presence, let us give you some jumping off points. Where should you start?
Step 1. Do some soul searching – what type of positions or companies are you interested in? Where do you want your career to head and what are you trying to achieve with this new job? Understand the types of jobs that fit your perspective and which are complimented by your qualifications and skills. Once you’ve got these questions answered, research the companies you’d like to work for – find the contact information for their Human Resources department, or the manager of the department you’d like to work in.
Step 2. Step into the mindset of a Project Manager and perform your job search through that lens. Set up a spreadsheet to set goals and track applications, including company names, contacts, whether there is a current and publicly listed opening, what date you send your resume or application, and which resume version you sent. Set a date to follow up after initial contact.
Step 3. Don’t limit your search to a single method. There are many job search engines out there which can aggregate boards across platforms, making the process more efficient. Some companies don’t advertise positions on high cost job boards and instead list openings on industry specific job boards, via professional associations, or college alumni boards. Check the company websites as well – many positions open without ever being publicly listed. Also, lean on your personal network, many opportunities are communicated via word of mouth.
Step 4. Plan ahead when it comes to your references. Speak with people ahead of time – know what kind of recommendation they’ll give you. If possible, have at least two supervisors who can speak to your experience and performance.
Step 5. Curate your web presence. All it takes is a simple web search for an employer to get the wrong impression. They will likely check out your social media presence before interviewing you. What can you do? Know what comes up. Google yourself. What do your online profiles tell a potential employer, and is this the information you want them to see? Does your public facing email address sound professional? Think about your voicemail greeting as well. Your first impression is made before you meet face to face.
Step 6. Lastly, you’ll need to update your professional resume. With a quick internet search, there are many applications and templates available. We suggest creating multiple versions of your resume that highlight different skills depending on the position you’re vying for.
There is a lot to consider before sending out applications or resumes. Those who are the most prepared will be the most successful in their search. Check out our job listings and get a feel for where you might be needed.