MORE Things every jobseeker can do to be successful in a job search:
Why You Need a Résumé
- Keep your résumé up to date even when you’re not actively seeking a new job — you never know when an opportunity might come up!
- Have a résumé ready in case your current employer needs it to include in a Request for Proposal (RFP) document or grant application.
- Update your résumé with current accomplishments and projects before your next performance evaluation.
- Prepare a résumé and/or bio to use as an introduction if you’re going to be making presentation or appearing on panels.
- Have a résumé ready in case you’re nominated for an award (or if you want to be considered for an award).
Getting Ready for Your Job Search
- The first thing to do is figure out what you want to do next! Define your ideal job. If you don’t know what your dream job looks like, how will you find it?
- Create a target list of companies you’d like to work for. Figure out what kind of organisation you want as your employer. Once you’ve made your list, look for companies that fit your criteria.
- Update your résumé. Once you know what kind of job you want and what kind of companies you’re targeting, you can focus your résumé on the specific type of position you want.
- Develop or update your LinkedIn profile. Someone looking for a candidate with your skills and experience might conduct a search on LinkedIn and find your profile. Or someone in your network might be interested in recommending you, and forward your LinkedIn profile URL.
- Work to build your network — online and off. It’s estimated that 40-80 percent of jobs are found through networking. Grow your network personally and professionally. You never know who will be the person to introduce you to your next job opportunity.