The job search can seem like an overwhelming task as you start to think about making changes in your life. If you're like most people, your first thought is "I don't even want to do this." However, the following five tips can make it go much smoother and keep you more positive. First, use search agents. These are online tools that will automatically send new job postings to you. This frees up your time to connect with people. Second, be visible in your field. You should make it easy for recruiters to find you and recognize you as an expert.
You can do this by blogging, speaking at conferences, and being active in professional associations. Third, you should have a good system to keep track of your contacts and jobs that you've submitted applications to. You want be sure to maintain contact with your professional network so they are available when you need them. Fourth, get support from friends and family as you go through the search. Not only can they help you with a quick review of your resume or practicing an interview, but they can keep you positive and on track as you go through this process.
Finally, create a positive attitude. This is about discovering new opportunities and recognizing your potential. Leave your inner critic at the door, and remember that you are coming with a unique skill set that employers will value. These are my top five tips to get you started, and I'll be covering some of these in more detail throughout this course.
Along the way, discover smart strategies to match your interests with your search and manage your time in order to maximize results.
- Valerie's top five job search tips
- Determining which online job boards to use
- Posting your resume online
- Maximizing the impact of your profile
- Improving your visibility with a blog, workshop, or conferences
- Leveraging your network
- Establishing relationships with recruiters