This year promises to be the beginning of one of the hottest job markets in a decade.
Just think, we've got ...
- Stock market at new highs
- Taxes headed to new lows
- A governmental focus on creating new jobs in the U.S.
If you’re planning on making a job change this year, here are five things you can do to get your job hunt on track, starting today.
1) Build or Update Your Career Plan
Planning is a critical factor in business success.
If you have read any of my books, watched any of my YouTube videos, read my articles on LinkedIn, or listened to my podcasts, you will likely know that I am a very avid advocate of career planning.
Regardless of how you do it, the most important thing is that you invest some time in developing a plan.
Secondly, you'll want to regularly review and develop that plan.
The plan you made five years ago (or even half a year ago) is not the plan you need today.
2) Expand Your Professional Network
It’s no secret that many of the best jobs get filled before they are posted.
How does this happen?
Someone knows someone who would be the perfect fit for the position.
So, the more people you know and the more people who know you, the more exposure you will have to opportunities.
A mentor of mine often likes to say this:
“It's all about relationships. It’s about the influential people you know and what they say about you when you are not in the room.”
(For more on professional networking in your job search, read LinkedIn Networking Tips for Job Seekers.)
3) Update Your Resume: Focus on Accomplishments
What's the number one problem with most resumes?
They are a list of responsibilities rather than an impactful sales tool for your career focused on the things you actually got done.
Anyone can list responsibilities on a resume.
Craft your resume to focus on what you have actually accomplished
This will separate you from others and get you hired.
(For more, check out What To Include In A Resume - 16 Best Things.)
4) Practice Telling Your Story
Your “story” is the elevator speech you will provide anytime you are networking or in an interview when someone asks says, “Tell me about yourself.”
This is a story that should convey these three areas of your life:
- Your personal career goals
- Your philosophies
- Your values in life
This story should also give people some real-life insight into who you are as a candidate and more importantly as a person.
5) Identify a Mentor
Honestly, for the early part of my career, I thought mentoring was stupid.
After all, I was the smartest person I knew. So how would someone help me?
What I realized is that it’s not about being smart.
It’s about being efficient.
And mentoring is very efficient.
Finding wise and experienced people to give you advice saves you a lot of time and frustration in so many ways.
In summary, if you’re currently on the job hunt or considering a vocational move later this year, try implementing these five strategies today.
These tips will help get you moving forward with your career.
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