The beginning of the year and into Spring are the best months to search for a new job. Companies have received their new budgets and have made growth goals for the year; therefore, these early months are a great time to find a new position.
With that in mind, it is imperative that you’re prepared and ready to get into the job search mindset and show your best self.
Your resume is often the first impression future employers get of you. It is the first filter on the path to landing an interview. Start the new year knowing that your resume highlights your experience, skills, and expertise. Avoid common resume faux pas that result in a poor first impression.
Set up your LinkedIn profile and make it a goal to be active on this professional platform. LinkedIn is used by many professional decision-makers and may just be the place gets you noticed and, ultimately, hired. Therefore, it is costly to ignore this resource. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is professional and successfully communicates your personal brand. On another note about social media, be sure all your personal social media profiles measure up to your personal brand and are free from defaming photos or comments.
Throughout your job search, focus on building your network. Often, who you know makes a difference in successfully landing a coveted position. Get yourself out there, meet new people, and foster your professional relationships so you’re on the minds of hiring managers when it comes time to make a decision.
Be Ready to Make a Great First Impression
First impressions are critical. Therefore, it is never too early to hone those skills that make a great first impression. Plan interview clothing, practice your handshake, and prepare your answers to those behavioural interview questions.
Assess What Is Right For You
Part of the job search process is determining whether a position will be a good fit for you. As you research companies in preparation for a job interview and while you’re at the interview itself, make sure you get a feel for company culture. In doing so, you can make an educated decision and determine if the company will be the right fit. The job search process is not just about finding a job, it’s also about finding a place where you can perform and grow creatively and professionally.