The job search is never easy. The only way to make it go smoother is by being prepared! When you’re getting ready to start a new job search, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re on top of your game.
Think About What You Want
First things first — think about what you want out of your next position and be honest with yourself. Do you want to move up in the ranks? Do you want to expand your skills? Perhaps you’re not picky about the job itself but are interested in good benefits and a positive company culture. When you think about what you really want, you’ll be able to tailor your job search more effectively.
Prepare Your Resume and Cover Letter
Next, take a look at your resume and cover letter and brush up the areas that need updating. Make sure to tailor both documents to the job or jobs you’re considering applying for. General resumes and cover letters almost never make the cut — you need to demonstrate that you’re truly interested in the particular job you’re applying for. Make your cover letter stand out in some way or another because it’s one of the only ways to catch the hiring manager’s eye.
Practice Interviewing Skills
Now, it’s time to brush up on your interviewing skills. The best way to do this is to practice with another person — role-play an interview/interviewee situation to test your skills in real-time. Think about some of the questions you’ll likely be asked regarding your skills and how you fit in with the position you’re applying for, then practice your answers. This simple exercise can make you feel a lot more comfortable when the real thing comes along!
Research the Companies You Apply With
Once you start actually applying to companies, make sure you research them diligently. That way, you’re all the more prepared for a potential interview, and you have an understanding of how the particular company fits into your industry and how it may fit with your values.
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