Looking for a new job can sometimes feel like a daunting task. And while it may feel a little like mission impossible, there are some things you can do to improve your level of success. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed, below is an outline of some things that can be done while looking for a job to improve your effectiveness and drive career growth.
Update resume: The first step in launching a job search effort is to update and improve your resume. Your resume is a portrait of who you are, who you have been, and who you can be from a professional standpoint. Before you start blasting your resume out all over the place, spend some time and energy to make sure it is as powerful as it can be.
Connect with your existing network: One of the most common ways that people successfully find a new job is through having a connection somewhere or hearing about an opening through someone that they know. It can be very helpful to reach out to the people in your network, whether they be family, friends, former coworkers, etc., when looking for a new job to let them know you are looking and how you might be able to help a company.
Expand your network: Not only should you reach out to your existing network, but you should focus on expanding your network through professional networking. This can be done by going to networking events, getting involved in organizations and activities, and through virtual networking through any online communities. You never know when you will meet somebody that knows somebody and that can lead you to a key place when you are looking for a job.
Apply to job postings: Next you will likely want to apply to job postings. First, start by going to competitors and business partners of companies that you worked for in the past. If they have openings posted on their website that you can respond to, there is a chance that by you could standout from the competition since you will have related or valuable experience. Next, make it a habit to regularly review and apply to postings on various job boards. There is a lot of competition applying to these postings, but this is a must do when looking for a new job.
Apply to jobs that aren’t posted: The next step in the process of looking for a new job is to apply to jobs that have not been posted yet. It is often the case that companies have openings and they only put the job posting up very late in the process. There are actually some instances where the posting is posted after the job has been filled. With this being the case, a tremendous advantage can be achieved by connecting with the company or hiring manager before the job is even posted. The challenge is knowing who is hiring and when. The way around that is to send proactive communications (email, letters, calls, etc.) to companies and hiring managers outlining how you can help the company to be more successful.
Prepare for interview questions: Don't just improvise when you get an interview. Try to be prepared for all of the interview questions that you can anticipate.
By going through these simple steps while looking for a new job, you can drastically improve your success rate in getting where you want to go.