So, you’re officially on the market for a job. You have a sparkly new resume and a spruced up LinkedIn profile. What else do you need to do to in preparation for landing your next role?
As an executive search professional, I get asked this question quite frequently. While I could talk with someone for hours about what works well on a job search or what major pitfalls to avoid, I’ll start by highlighting a few things that have proven successful.
1. Enlist Support
Network, network, network! Searching for a new role can consume as much time as a full-time job. You’ll need help managing your time, resources, and sanity.
Rely on family and friends to be your support system. When they know you are looking, and have agreed to help, you exponentially extend your reach into opportunities you may not find on your own. Too often jobseekers try to go solo and that leads to frustration which, unbeknownst to the candidate, shows up in interviews. Ask for help! You’ll be glad you did.
2. Stay Organized
Identify the type of role for which you are best suited. Don’t just look at job scope and title; consider organization size, location, culture, and industry as well.
Apply for jobs that align with your wish list. Use file folders, a table, or a spreadsheet to keep track of your job leads and applications. When recruiters, hiring managers, or HR professionals from the companies call, you will have the necessary job and company information at your fingertips.
3. Be Ready
Whether by phone or in person, you will get an interview! Prepare to impress. Take inventory of your skills and accomplishments, and recall workplace scenarios you can share that will showcase your work and qualifications. In addition to having answers, be sure to have questions for the potential employer. Inquire about the organization, the environment, the team, and what it takes to be successful in the role. Gather enough information to assess your interest in the job.
4. Get Social
Like and follow companies on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Use these channels to stay connected with the latest news and information on companies in which you have an interest. Additionally, you can interact with organizations by commenting on posts and participating in chats.
5. Follow Up
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it often goes overlooked. When a mentor or colleague refers you to a job opportunity or serves as a reference, say “Thank you.” The same goes for your interviewers. Once you complete an interview, send a follow up message regarding the conversation and your interest in the company and position. My personal preference is a handwritten note, however, a note of gratitude sent via email works well too. This may seem like a small gesture, but a little goes a long way.
With these five tips, you’ll be well on your way to a new job opportunity, hopefully sooner than you think. What is the best job search tip you’ve heard in recent years? Let’s talk in the comments below!