Job Seeking: A New Start to a New Year
The start of the year can be a great time to look for a new job. Here are nine steps to take now to position yourself for job-seeking success:
1. Update and refine your resume. Even if you think your resume is up to date, it is always a good idea to take a fresh look. Perhaps you’ve added to your skill set, received additional certifications or awards, or published an article since you last wrote your resume. As you send out your resume, you may need to tailor it so it better fits the position to which you’re applying.
2. Google yourself. It’s a simple task that many people overlook. A quick Google search can reveal a lot to a potential hiring manager; make sure that you know what comes up when someone types in your name.
3. Update your LinkedIn profile and learn how to use it effectively. Whether you are seeking a permanent position, contract work, or looking to expand your business, LinkedIn is an invaluable tool. LinkedIn offers online courses through its partner- Lynda.com, and courses are offered in several venues throughout Westchester County.
4. Stay current with the trends in your industry. If you haven’t already learned basic computer programs, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, or others that are relevant to your field, now is a good time to take online or in-person courses.
5. Be prepared! Research a company and the individuals with whom you will be interviewing and practice, practice, practice- OUT LOUD. Remember, hiring managers are interested in how hiring you will benefit them. When crafting your responses to potential interview questions, your answers are opportunities to illustrate how your experience, expertise, and past successes can add value to their company.
6. Don’t isolate yourself. Being unemployed can be stressful, discouraging, and lead to anxiety or depression. Find a family member, friend, therapist, or group that supports you as you undertake a job search. A supportive shoulder can go a long way in helping you stay motivated and connected.
7. Don’t let your ego prevent you from taking a job or applying for a public benefit that you may not have considered at other times in your life. Keeping a roof over your head and food on the table is important; there is no shame in doing an honest day’s work at Starbucks or Trader Joe’s.
8. Exercise and engage in non-job search activities that feed your spirit. It’s important to participate in enjoyable activities to help balance the time, effort and stress that go along with a job search.
9. Call Career>Connect today to find out how we can help you with your search.
Jill Schreibman, LCSW is the Program Coordinator of the WJCS Career>Connect program, which is funded by a grant from UJA Federation of NY. The program offers a multi-faceted approach to helping those in the Westchester Jewish community who are experiencing employment instability. Call (914) 761-0600 x170 or email [email protected], to learn more about the program.
This article is adapted from an article published in Westchester Jewish Life. It is published on wjcs.com with the permission of the publisher of Westchester Jewish Life newspaper.