Whether you feel stuck at your current job, or you are looking to start a new career, beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Not only do you have to update your resume and cover letter for each job, but you also need to know where to put your information and to increase your hiring chances.
To get you started in the right direction, here are some helpful tips to follow.
Build a strong resume – Don’t overcomplicate your resume. It should be simple and easy to read. It’s also important to remember to adjust your skills, qualifications, and previous work experience to match the different jobs you are applying for.
Clarify your goals – Think about why you want to make a new career move as well as what your ideal job would be. Are you someone who likes to work with people in a large corporate environment or would you rather sit behind a desk typing up reports in a smaller agency? Once you have a list of likes and dislikes, you can begin searching for jobs that will suit you best overall.
Network – When it comes to landing a job, it’s not always about what you know so much as it is about who you know. So, whether you’re at a social or corporate event, talk to different people to find out what they do for work and then mention you are currently looking for something new. Hopefully, they can refer you for a job position that is currently open at their company.
Find the best listings – If there are specific companies you are interested in working for, you can visit their websites directly. Or, if you have an idea of the type of job you’d like to do and want to see who’s hiring, go to job posts listed on sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, or the Orlando Job Connection. Also, don’t forget to ask the people around you if they know of any employment opportunities that might be available.
Keep an open mind – Some job seekers are set on getting a specific job and salary. But, unfortunately, with the job market being so competitive, you may have to make compromises if you aren’t getting exactly what you want. And, who knows, you might enjoy doing something different. Or, if nothing else, it could be a good stepping stone to something better later on.
Remember, it’s just business – Rejection is hard. No one likes being told no or feel like they aren’t good enough. When searching for a job, try not to get discouraged every time you get the call or email saying you didn’t get the job. Instead, use the experience as a lesson, making any necessary changes to better your chances of receiving an offer in the future.
While starting a new job search can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. Keep a good attitude, know what you want, and work hard until you find the job that’s right for you.
Another way to discover the path to the job you were made for is by joining a training course that can connect you with the right people and resources. LifeWorks is similar to a career boot camp, designed to help men and women who are unemployed, underemployed, or feel stuck at their job. Apply today to see if you qualify for our no-cost 12-week training course.