If looking for a new job feels a bit overwhelming, Point Road Group’s Job Search Guide will help. It brings together key resources to best prepare you for taking the next step in your career.
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Preparing For A Job Search
When is the right time to make a change? Is the writing on the wall? Would a new career be a better pathway? Pursuing a new opportunity or direction is a complex decision. Explore pro’s and con’s, how to best prepare for change and other key considerations.
Understanding The Hiring Process
The hiring process can vary across companies, but some factors remain consistent. Learn how to optimize your job search plan – and understand what’s happening on “the other side of the desk” so you stand out as a strong candidate.
Making Introductions & Networking
Networking pays off only after taking the time to develop and maintain connections. Here’s a look at how to introduce yourself, make connections and deepen professional relationships before you need them.
Writing A Resume Or Bio
When writing your resume, don’t make the mistake of presenting a “laundry list” of job duties or overemphasizing responsibilities from 10 years ago that no longer relate to your goals. Instead, convey who you are today and what unique value you bring to the table – and clearly connect that experience to the positions you want to pursue now. Similarly, when writing a bio, craft a compelling story that highlights the experience, skills and interests that best align with what you do today and want to do tomorrow.
Communicating My Personal Brand
The way you present yourself in-person and online affects how you’re perceived by others. How you appear and engage on video, your communications habits, LinkedIn presence and much more shape impressions, and they influence job opportunities (internally & externally) as well as business opportunities too.
Professional development strengthens your personal brand and gives you a competitive edge when you’re ready to embark on a job search. Engage in activities that will keep you plugged into your industry and its best practices, plus look for special projects or interests to help grow your network as well.
Receiving an invitation to interview is a sign that your efforts to market yourself have paid off and captured the interest of a potential employer. Now is the time to prepare for that conversation as throughly as possible so you’re ready to confidently show that you’re the candidate of choice.
After interviewing, job seekers often must “hurry up and wait” for employers to make decisions. Use this time to prepare for how you’ll handle the possible outcomes. Hiring is a two-way street; the position needs to work for you as well as the employer. What do you need from an offer for it to meet or exceed your expectations? And if you lose out on an opportunity, how will you respond?
A job search is a journey that requires time, effort and determination. Each step can be exciting and frustrating, but the more knowledgeable and prepared you are, the better positioned you’ll be to achieve your career goals!