Do you want a new job but worried about changing paths during a pandemic? Your perfect career is out there, even during these uncertain times.
Below are some fundamental steps you can take to get started. These steps will help you weed out all the noise and get you to your career faster.
Search for jobs that suit you
The first step is to identify your skills, knowledge, and experience. Write out all the things you’re good at and support them with examples from your past employment.
Once you’ve completed the list, look online, and search for job listings. Job board platforms like LinkedIn and Glassdoor allow you to search using keywords to find a job that matches your skillset.
Fine-tune your resume
Once you’ve found an ideal match, the next step is to refresh your resume. Add your most recent job experience and reference your critical responsibilities within that position to bring value to the new one.
If you have minimal work experience, focus on highlighting related projects, such as volunteering or freelance work that demonstrates your skills.
Sharpen your LinkedIn profile
Job searching and applying can be a stressful process, especially in a rough economy or when you’re starting new in a career.
Promote your skills, showcase them, and get in touch with key people on LinkedIn is a great way to get noticed. It may take a while, but employers could start contacting you with job opportunities.
Uploading a professional photo, entering your job titles, and finishing your profile is only half the job. You will also need to present your expertise and experience in your profession in your posts. This helps prospective companies know that you’re contributing to the field and participating in the overall conversation.
Prepping for your applications
Most job listings want more than a resume. Many require a cover letter, portfolios, and more, so make sure to complete those ahead of time and have them on hand if requested.
It’s also important to have some references in order before applying for any job. The sooner they know you are job hunting, the better. This will give them time to think of narratives to support you.
Time to Apply
When you’ve completed all of the above, the only thing left to do is submit your application.
Once you’ve applied, you have two options. The first, which many people do, is to wait for an employer to contact you. Or you can be proactive by reaching out to the employer with a “looking forward to hearing from you” email.
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