What's first on your list of things to do?
Maybe it's update your resume. (You haven't touched it in... forever?)
Or maybe you check out a few job search websites to see if anything catches your eye. (Yes, you're that motivated to find something new and better).
As an expert job searcher, my advice is to take a tiny step back and first tackle
my top 3 things to do before you start job searching:
1) Google yourself.
What can you find about yourself on Google? Chances are if you can find it, your potential employer will too. Beat them to the punch!
Ideally, your top results should reflect your professional work and all positive info. If you find any negative results, and you can't seem to take care of it yourself, professional services are available to remove negative references and past mistakes on the Internet, leaving your online presence more reflective of your current skills and abilities. Feel free to contact me if you'd like a recommended service.
2) Revisit your social media presence.
Yes, I'm asking you to log back onto FaceBook and Twitter. :)
Make sure your profile photo is current, flattering and conservative. Is your profile blurb accurate and professional sounding? Untag yourself from unwanted pictures and delete any posts or tweets that don't reflect well on you or your candidacy. I don't care if you have your accounts set to the highest privacy setting -- social media always has a way of haunting job seekers. Believe me... you will be thankful you did this now!
3) Update your LinkedIn profile.
If you haven’t revised your LinkedIn profile since your last job, it’s time to make some updates.
Rewrite your summary to include your current career goals. Ask colleagues to endorse you and provide recommendations that reflect your job search. Make sure your profile includes all your latest accomplishments. If you don’t have a professional picture to add to your profile, consider having one taken.
Oh...what's that you say? You don't have a LinkedIn profile?
In that case, you MUST get on the LinkedIn train ASAP if you're even thinking about job searching in the future! I can't even tell you how many clients secure their next employment opportunity as a result of LinkedIn usage. Send me an email if you need help getting started.
Once you accomplish these 3 easy things, you'll be ready to brush off that outdated resume and discover available job opportunities.
And remember -- I'm here to help every step of the way!