When you make the decision to start looking for a job, it can be overwhelming. Whether you have decided to do this on your own or being forced to do this for other reasons, it’s hard to know where to start. Have you gotten laid off or fired? Are you returning to work after being home with the kids? Are you graduating from school? Maybe you don’t like the job you are currently in? Maybe you are ready for a new challenge? Moving out of the area is another reason to start your job search. Here are some tips on how to start looking for a new job.
First and foremost you need to start with your resume. If you already have one, then make sure it is updated. Have someone that you respect and that has experience in business take a look at it also. It’s easy to miss small mistakes when you are re-reading the same document over and over. If you don’t already have a resume, take a look at some of the free templates I offer at JobJane.com. Make sure your experience is in opposite chronological order which means starting with your most recent job experience and working backwards. Resumes are the first impression that an employer will get about you so you want to make sure it is the best one. Don’t overdo it and get too fancy unless you are going for a marketing position or something similar. Follow the 3 C’s when it comes to resumes. Clear, Concise and Consistent. Don’t have a variety of fonts or type sizes. It needs to be easy to read and only the length that your experience justifies. If you have only had 1 or 2 jobs then 1 page is probably just fine. If you have had 3-5 jobs over the last 10-15 years, then 2-3 pages is probably good. Your resume should tell your story but as a snapshot.
Once your resume is ready, start putting it out there. Make sure you sign up for a LinkedIn account if you don’t already have one. Connect with people that you know and start building your network. One of the best and easiest ways to find a new job is through someone you know. LinkedIn has a great job section where you can also set up alerts with various parameters so you are notified when there are new jobs posted. It is often a good idea to not wait too long to apply to a position because if the company gets a lot of good resumes, they might decide to unpost the position.
Another great resource for job searching is Indeed.com. This is one of my favorite places to look for jobs because they are a job aggregator which means they pull jobs from all over including companys’ websites. It is often the place you can find practically any job that is posted anywhere. Indeed is very easy to navigate and you can also set up alerts to be notified when new jobs are posted. My E-book goes into more detail about how you can use Indeed to your benefit including some tricks.
Well, this is just the beginning, but when you start looking for a new job, follow the steps above to get started in the right direction. If you feel that you would like some more personalized help with your job search, I do offer one-on-one career coaching services as well.
Good luck as you start looking for a job!