While landing a new job can be exciting, looking for a job isn’t exactly fun. The process is stressful and can drag on for longer than you’d like. When you need to get out of a bad situation or you’ve been laid off and need to get back in the game, it can be overwhelming to embark on such a challenging process. However, getting started is often the hardest part.
Use these tips to kick off your job search process and set out on the path to a great new job.
Define Your Goals
It’s tempting to apply to every job opening you find in your field, especially when you really need to get back to work. However, applying randomly will waste your time and will ultimately cause you more stress since you won’t likely get calls for interviews if you aren’t a good fit for the job. Be clear about the precise job titles you are going after so that you can focus your search, optimize your time and increase the chances of landing a job.
Update Your Resume
Make sure your resume is completely updated with all of your most recent achievements. You will want to tailor each resume to the job you are applying for, but if you structure your resume well from the beginning, the customization process shouldn’t take long. Make sure to use common keywords you see in job postings so that your resume passes any automated screening programs.
Develop A Schedule
Looking for a job is often a full-time job in itself, so make sure to set a schedule for job search activities, stick to it, and then step away when your blocked time is complete. This is especially important if you are looking for a job while employed because you will burn out if you spend all of your free time poring over job listings.
Create a basic spreadsheet to keep track of jobs you’ve applied to, the dates you submitted your materials, closing dates for the jobs, etc. You don’t want to accidentally apply to one job multiple times. Staying organized also helps you get an idea of whether a company will respond to you or not.
Network, Network, Network
Social distancing means that traditional networking events will be on hold or will be modified for quite some time. However, social networking is still available to you. Make sure to spend time on LinkedIn every day, building new connections and contributing to conversations in industry groups.
Work With A Professional Recruiter
If you are an engineer seeking new opportunities to grow your career, the engineering recruiting experts at Selectek can help. We can match you with opportunities that align with your skills and goals. Contact us today to learn more.