There are lots of job opportunities out there. It may not always feel that way – or at least, it may seem overwhelming to try and find the right job for you. But if you have a plan of action in place, achieving that goal can be easier than you think.
Start with your resume.
Keep your resume updated and tailor it to each job you pursue. Include only relevant information. If there are gaps in your employment history, bolster it with other activities such as volunteer work or projects.
- Include a cover letter with each resume you submit, and be sure to customize it as well. Keep both your resume and cover letter concise and to the point, so they immediately grab and hold hiring managers’ attention.
Ramp up your networking.
Once your professional connections know you’re looking for a job, they can keep you in mind and link you into others in their own networks who may prove helpful. Attend networking events and use social media platforms to your advantage.
- References are important as employers make their final hiring decisions. Turn to your network and get recommendations from colleagues, clients, managers and others.
Keep your options open.
Use multiple tactics in your search. In addition to networking, use advanced search options on job boards, as well as old-school newspaper ads.
- Don’t apply for every open job you find, only those that match your skill set and align with your values and needs.
- If you previously applied for a job and have not heard back from the company, consider reapplying if the position is advertised again. You may have been a top contender when the job was filled and now that it’s open again, it could be the perfect door opening for you.
Be your best when interviewing.
Prepare ahead of time for an interview by doing thorough research, rehearsing responses to typical questions, and dressing appropriately. Get a good night’s sleep and eat something healthy before you leave.
- When it’s go time, be confident and assertive but most importantly, be yourself. Use storytelling to share your experiences and strengths. Listen actively and show interest in everything you hear. Last but not least, follow up with a personalized thank-you note.
Take care of you!
Be kind to yourself during your job search – and keep your eyes on the prize.
- Don’t accept an offer if it means compromising on your values or priorities. Be sure it’s a good fit – or you could wind up back in the job market before you even know what hit you.
- Be patient and don’t take setbacks too seriously. If you stay focused on your plan, the right opportunity will come your way.
- Work with a career coach. The right staffing agency partner will be by your side from start to finish – and even after you’ve landed your dream job. Contact PrideStaff Modesto to tap into our Modesto network and learn more about full-time, temporary and temp-to-hire options in your desired field.