3 Ways to Reach Your Goal of Finding Your Next Job!

by Susan Mullin

The new year is a time for looking toward the future. Many professionals hope to find exciting job opportunities in the coming year. After all, moving closer to your career aspirations is a common resolution.

Whether you are hoping to land an exciting marketing job or other position, here are three ways to find new positions.

Reconnect With Your Network

The holiday season gives job seekers a unique opportunity— the ability to reconnect with members of their network with ease. Reaching out to a former colleague, manager or mentor with holiday greetings is a simple way to start rekindling relationships. This is especially true around the holidays, since people tend to be in a more giving and receptive mood.

Don’t want to start off by with searching for a new position. That said, do move the conversation in that direction as it’s easier this time of year. After wishing them happy holidays and generally checking in, broach the subject of New Year’s resolutions or goals. If they provide you with some information, you’ll likely be asked the same question in return. Let them know about your goal and see where the conversation goes from there.

Reinvigorate Your LinkedIn Profile

We all know that LinkedIn is an excellent resource during a job search. Yes, this supplements your resume by allowing you to share additional details. But, it can also be searched by recruiters and hiring managers, helping you learn about new opportunities.

Freshen up your profile to supercharge your search. Update your professional summary to highlight skills and accomplishments that align with your target position. Add any information about credentials, achievements or new skills you gained this year. Revamp the existing content to include keywords that relate to your preferred future role. Make sure your tagline includes target keywords and does not simply default to your title. Also, don’t forget to use a professional-looking photo.

If you don’t mind your search being somewhat public, list yourself as an “Open Candidate.” Do this in the Jobs section of your profile, clicking on “Career Interests”, and activating “Let recruiters know you’re open.”

LinkedIn hides this detail from your public profile, as well as from your current employer and any associated recruitment sources they use. That doesn’t guarantee they won’t find out. We recommend you only turn this on if you are comfortable being discovered. Otherwise, make sure to turn off the change notifications before you adjust your profile. This keeps LinkedIn from alerting others on account changes.

Sign Up for Job Alerts

Most job boards and social networks allow you to sign up for notifications that meet specific criteria. By creating job alerts, you can stay informed about new openings without having to skim sites every day.

Create alerts that cover your target job titles, specific keywords, preferred companies or primary skills. Then, when a match is found, you’ll receive a notification message and can choose to review the details if the listing has potential.

By using the tips above, you’ll be closer to reaching your goal of finding a new job this year.

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