New Year, New Career: Kickstart your 2017 Job Search
2017 is going to be your year! And with the New Year, comes a new opportunity to find the right job for you. If you’re ready to make a big change this year, there are some things you can do to make it even better. Even if you’ve been on the job market for longer than you planned or anticipated, don’t feel discouraged. Now is the time re-energize and renew your goals. Here are some techniques that can help you when searching for a new job in 2017.
- Create a targeted add on Facebook. Facebook is popular, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to leverage it for your job search. In conjunction with a traditional search where you send out resumes, consider posting a targeted add on Facebook. Use the tools they have established to reach the right audience. Create copy that will get you noticed. This will help employers find you next year.
- Offer to work an externship. While internships are often associated with college students, there may be an opportunity for a more experienced person to take advantage of a similar situation. Companies will work with someone interested in transitioning their career as an extern. You can shadow an employee to gain knowledge about their job or industry. It is a good relationship building tool for both parties.
- Take your search to Twitter. How do you use your Twitter account? You should be following companies in your field and other professionals you admire. By interacting with these experts, you can expand your network and it may eventually lead to a new opportunity. Companies will also frequently post jobs online that don’t make it to the large recruiting boards. Create a professional profile and keep your account free of too much personal information.
- Pay attention to details. This may seem like a simple thing, but you would be surprised how much detail can play a part in your successful job search. Do your homework, learn names, and go the extra mile when you’re speaking with a new company. This can set you apart from your competition. Stay organized, too, to keep all of these details straight.
- Review your network. How often do you go back and review the people you’ve worked with before. Previous managers may have new jobs now, so it can help you to keep in touch with them along the way. Former co-workers may be in management positions. Reconnect with people from your career and find out if they can help you, or you can help them, down the road.