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May 01, 2019

How to Prepare For Your Job Search


After weeks of feeling like your current position is no longer the right fit for you, you know it’s time to find a new job! Searching for a job can be an extensive process, but there are a few things you can do before you start sending out applications that will make it go smoother. Completing this checklist will help keep your job search organized, on track, and get you in a new position faster!

Know What You Want

Every day, hundreds of new jobs get posted, so it’s important to know exactly what you’d like from your next position. Taking the time to consider title, responsibilities, industry, company culture, locations hours, and growth potential, and then only applying to jobs that meet your criteria, will help to focus your search and ensure you end up in the right position for you.

Look into the Current Job Market

Jumping into a job search when the job market is not favoring the searcher can result is a drawn out and extensive job search. Doing some research and asking colleagues how the market is doing, especially within your industry, will tell you if now is the right time, or if it might pay to hold off for a few months when more positions will be open.

Brush Up on What’s Happening in Your Industry

Depending on how long it has been since your last job search, you might not be up to date with the current news and trends in your industry. Before updating your resume and cover letter, explore what skills and traits are in high demand and how you can discuss your previous experiences so they best fit what employers are currently looking for.

Start Going on LinkedIn Everyday

LinkedIn is one of the greatest tools you can utilize during the applications process, but the site can come in hand before your search even starts. Sharing pictures of your accomplishments or writing articles about your field will make you’re an even more appealing candidate to recruiters and potential employers when you start sending your resume out.

Set Yourself Up for Success

People often say searching for a job is a full-time job, so start the process with a plan to keep yourself from spending more time than you should on applications. Keep distractions away, set aside only a few hours, and work in a clean space so that the time and energy you dedicate leads to a successful, but succinct, job search.

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