It’s that time of year again — time to clean up, clear out, and start fresh. With springtime fast approaching, it’s an ideal time for job seekers to dust off their resumes and take a fresh approach to how they search for jobs.
While spring cleaning is in full-effect in our homes, it’s equally necessary for your job search. Consider this: spring graduations are just around the corner, meaning an onslaught of new job seekers, hungry for entry-level positions, will be hitting the market.
In an effort to set yourself apart from the competition, while in search of your dream job, here are four areas to consider giving a good cleanse this season:
Searching for a new job is a job in and of itself. The key to being successful at any job is to have a solid strategy in place. Start by defining exactly what it is you’re looking for in a new position. Consider where you want to live and what kind of company you’d like to work for. Once you’ve laid out the basics, clean up your job search strategy by doing the following:
The age-old Chinese practice of Feng Shui suggests that our environment is a mirror of what’s going on with us internally. Just as a messy space results in messy thoughts, a cluttered resume is likely to reflect badly on job seekers. Dust off your old resume and spruce it up a bit with these tips:
You’ve heard it before — it’s not about what you know, but who you know. And when it comes to breaking into the hidden job market, that is exactly the case. It’s not enough to just have a presence on social networking sites like LinkedIn, you have to adopt a go-getter mentality when it comes to networking:
With more employers turning to social media to gain insight on potential job candidates, it’s crucial that you maintain a positive presence on social media. In fact, more than half of employers who research job candidates on social media say they’ve found content that caused them to not hire a candidate. To tidy up your online social footprint and ensure that employers see you in the best light possible, try the following:
Spring is a time of renewal, so why not take a fresh look at how you’re searching for jobs? Use the items on this “spring cleaning” checklist to get your job search in shape and land the job of your dreams.
In what ways do you plan to clean up your job search this season? Share your spring cleaning tips in the comments below!