Are you considering making your next career move? What hinders you from starting your search? Maybe it’s not the great timing for you or you are still not sure yet? Any reason it might be, there are things you can do before you dive into the real hunt. Starting your job search after you hand in your resignation would be a bit too late. Instead, it should be well underway and you should have a solid plan.
So, here are a few things you can do to facilitate your job search for the future:
1. Of course, your first step is to update your resume.
Your resume is your profile, your marketing material you will send to your future employer. Make sure your CV is under 2 pages and spell-checked. You should use synonyms to replace the overused buzzwords, such as expert, driven, organizational, passionate, responsible, synergy, etc. Many people are using those words, at the end, they don’t mean anything anymore.
2. Get recommendations
People love to get recommendations. Make your list of people and draft out the recommendation for each of them. When you resigned, you can endorse them and they are more likely to write one for you too!
3. Perfect your online presence
Linkedin is your best platform for your professional online presence. Why do you have to perfect it? To get back to the market and mark your place in the industry you are specialized in. Before starting all of this, start by updating and polishing your Linkedin profile. Once your profile is nice and shiny, you can start perfecting your online presence. Here are some examples of what you can do:
- Follow job groups or company profiles you wish to work for
- Start sharing some articles or posts that are related to your field of interest on your feed
- Comment on other people’s statuses. Preferably people from your industry. Don’t write short and closed-ended comments, such as « I agree » or « Very interesting ». Instead, write a lengthier and insightful comment in hopes of starting a conversation.
- Share what’s on your mind (but keep it professional). This is mostly about content marketing. Sharing a piece of your mind can lead to great connections and visibility. What you are sharing will shape who you are.
- Use this opportunity to connect with hiring managers and start a conversation with them. Your conversation may lead to a job opportunity.
4. Find your recruiter.
Meanwhile, you are considering changing jobs, look for a recruiter who is specialized in your field. You can find them on Linkedin. Start a conversation with them telling them what you are looking for and talk about your skills and qualifications. Professional recruiters have a list of job openings and they will surely match you a job offer that suits your profile.
These are only a few points you can do prior to your job search. They will make your career move much easier as you are already channeling your presence in the community.