1. Set your career goals
One of the most effective ways to get where you want is by setting goals. Short- or long-term goals can help you determine what you want from your working life and then map out the steps to take. Using a career planner can prompt you to reflect and take action on what motivates you, your strengths, and the industries and roles you’re interested in.
2. Update your resume
Ensuring your experience, skills and training are up to date on your resume is a simple but powerful way to be ready to apply for a position at a moment’s notice. It can feel daunting to think about updating your resume, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. But once you begin, you might find it builds your confidence to have your skills or experience down on paper.
3. Update your online profile
The best way to maximize your chance of employers finding you is to have a strong online presence. More and more recruiters are searching for potential employees online, so take a few minutes to make sure you don’t scare yourself when you google yourself!
4. Prepare your references
Having the right references can make all the difference in landing a potential job. When you’re ready to start applying for roles, get in touch with your referees, let them know you’re applying for work, and ask if they’re happy to vouch for you. If you get to the stage where you’ve been interviewed for a role, it’s a good idea to contact your referees again to make sure they know the details of the particular job you’re going for and the aspects of your experience or skills you’d like them to highlight.
5. Write a cover letter that wows
6. Research what you might be asked in an interview
Job interviews can be nerve-racking, but you can boost your confidence by getting an idea of the questions you’ll be asked then practicing how you’ll answer.
7. Tap into your network to find work
8. Get in touch with recruiters in your industry
9. Reach out to businesses you want to work for
- Do you have an ideal job in mind, or a business you’ve dreamt about working for? If so, consider going direct to them, expressing your interest in working there, and asking about job opportunities. You’ll want to research the business thoroughly before you reach out, but there are plenty of ways to tailor your communication to maximize your chance of success.
10. Consider volunteering
When setting goals, you might have realized there’s an opportunity to give back to the community. Volunteering is an excellent way to contribute to those in need, but you’ll also gain new skills and make new connections while doing so.
Job searching can be a lengthy process, and at times it can be overwhelming or fatiguing. Trying these strategies can help you strengthen your approach, boost your confidence, and get you on track to landing that next role.
Broadening your job search to include different activities can help, but it’s also important to be patient with the process and go easy on yourself. Be sure to allow time in your day for enjoyable activities like catching up with friends and family, or taking time out for the things you like best.