Are you enjoying summer? Barbecues with family and friends, lazy days at the beach, road trips, and an excuse to eat lots of ice cream … What’s not to love?!
All good things, even summer, must come to an end. Will you be happy with your career this fall?
Would you like to earn more money, and follow your passion once the temperatures cool off?
Career Sparks Tips to Beat the Heat and get a jump on your Job Search:
1) Start Networking:
Your dream job is not hiding in your closet. Tell your friends, family and trusted colleagues that you are looking for a new job. Be specific as to what you are looking for, whether that is to earn more money, have more responsibility, a shorter commute, etc. As a Recruiter, I have found that most people want to help their friends and colleagues by referring them to exciting career opportunities. People can’t keep an eye out for you if don’t get out there and tell them how they can help. The more people you engage with, the more likely you are to find your dream job. Volunteer, enjoy your favorite sports or group activities and be prepared when opportunity strikes to send your resume right away!
2) Gather your References:
Do you have 4-5 past or present co-workers who will vouch for your stellar performance? Make sure you have their full names, titles, dates you worked together, phone numbers and email address. Most importantly, make sure you have their permission to use them as a Reference! Nothing wastes a Hiring Manager’s time like having to track down References that don’t return phone calls. If you’re not 100 % certain that person will be available or give you a good reference, don’t risk it!
3) Get a stand-out Resume:
Your resume is your first foot forward in the hiring process. Make sure it is your best foot! There are great resume tips online, as well as professional resume writers that will ensure your resume stands out from the crowd. Most jobs get 50-200+ applicants, and a poorly written or ill-presented resume is the fastest way to get eliminated from hiring consideration. Don’t let this happen to you!
4) Update your Social Media Presence:
As a Recruiter and small business owner, I frequently use Social Media to learn more about people in my network. Speaking from experience, if you put that picture/tweet/quote/”it’s complicated” relationship status out there, consider it fair game for public consumption. During a time in your life when you are looking to improve your career, you may want to scan all of your social media profiles, consider what message you are sending to prospective employers and update/delete accordingly. I have had Hiring Managers tell me they did not hire a candidate due to illicit, drunken or otherwise questionable photos they found in a simple Google search. Is it fair? Maybe not. Does it happen? All the time. Clean up your presence, improve your career!
5) Find your passion.
Do you feel like having a full time job and being happy are mutually exclusive? They don’t have to be! Perhaps you feel overwhelmed, and unsure as to where to start. Many people feel it is “impossible” to find a job they enjoy that also pays their bills. This is simply NOT true. Figuring out your true talents, which types of work environments you enjoy and what your deal-breakers are can point you in the right direction towards a well-paying and satisfying career. As with any goals in life, taking measureable steps with the support of experts will give you much better odds at success rather than just guessing, or even worse, taking no action at all!
Professional resources are available @ http://careersparks.net/career-coaching/.