If one of your career resolutions for 2024 is to find a new job, make sure you plan ahead. The quest for a new role requires a lot of time, energy, and patience, so gear up by following the tips below.
#1: Think about your next career step.
Before applying to jobs, consider what you want to do next. Is there a certain aspect of your current role that you like or dislike? Do you want to move up on the career ladder? Are you interested in switching industries or careers entirely? Do you want more flexibility and less responsibility? Once you have a clear focus for your job search, you can apply for the right-fit opportunities.
#2: Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Before you start your job search, update your resume and LinkedIn profile. They don’t have to be the same. Yet, there shouldn’t be any discrepancies between the two in terms of job titles, employment dates, education, and other credentials. Also, focus on your accomplishments and the results you’ve been able to achieve for employers.
When it comes to your resume, customize it for each position you apply for. This way, your resume will be more relevant and have a better chance of resonating with the hiring manager.
#3: Network online and in person.
Networking is still a great way to find a job. So start networking more in the new year. Whether it’s joining groups on LinkedIn, signing up for online industry forums, or attending local business events, the choice is yours. Simply make sure that networking is a regular part of your schedule before and during your job search.
#4: Reach out to those you know.
If you have certain people in your network who work at companies you’re interested in, ask for a referral. You’re far more likely to get a call for an interview when your resume comes from an existing employee.
#5: Search for jobs in multiple ways.
Check out online and industry job boards, as well as the careers pages of the companies where you’d like to work. In addition, set a goal to applying to a certain number of jobs each week. Just make sure you’re focusing more on quality and customization and not on submitting dozens of resumes for jobs you don’t really want.
#6: Partner with a recruiter.
A professional recruiter can help you polish your resume and interview skills. They can also learn about your background and goals in order to connect you with suitable opportunities. On top of that, they can give you access to the “hidden” job market, where positions aren’t advertised publicly, as well as give you insider insights into each job and company you’re interested in.
Ready to partner with an experienced recruiter in Phoenix?
PrideStaff is here for you. We’ve assisted countless candidates over the years connect with the best-fit opportunities and land their dream roles. If you’re ready for help doing the same, turn to our team. Search our jobs or contact us today.