Whether you're looking to land your first job or change your career, re-entering the job market can be intimidating. With hundreds of job search sites and a hyper-competitive talent pool, finding a job and better yet, a career is now more difficult than ever before. So, Where do you start?
1. Determine What You Want To Do.
Before you even start looking at job openings/positions, it's best to sit down and map out the following: What are your passions? What are your talents? What do you want to accomplish?
2. What's Your Timeline?
Now that you've got a good idea of what you want to do, it's time to set a date you plan on re-entering the workforce. Setting deadlines is crucial for success. It'll give you a goal to shoot for, and ultimately make you more motivated, and ultimately more successful in your job hunt.
3. Dial-In Your Skillsets.
The best way to ensure you're qualified for a position is to look at job listings for positions you would like to apply for and see if there are any required skills you may need to acquire/brush up on before applying. If so, check out the following resources to see if you can find what you might need.
4. Leverage Your Network.
Depending on where you're in your career, this may be more valuable for some than others. But, regardless, it's always worth it to dust off the old Rolodex (or if you're like the rest of the world, check your LinkedIn) and see if you've got any connections that could help along in your job search. You may be surprised at who you can meet just by simply reaching out!
5. Write/Update your Resume.
Ahhh, the resume, what a pain in the a**. Albeit a necessary one, according to recruiters, you've only got 6 seconds to catch their eye before they move on. So, you'll want to spend some time on this one. Be sure to have multiple sources look it over before you start sending it to companies. You may even want to look into hiring a professional resume writer also.
6. Prepare For Your Interviews.
We've got a lot to say about this one. So much so it couldn't fit into this blog post! Lucky for you, our 4 episode interview preparation course will have you ready to crush whatever the interview process may throw at you.