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5 Things to do Before Starting a Job Search

You’ve decided you’re ready to look for a new job. So, you prepare to start the online search, update your resume, and get your interview attire dry cleaned. First, however, there are a few things you need to do before hitting submit on your applications.

  • Examine Your Current Situation – Ask yourself what is it you want to change and why? You need to determine what is pushing the desire to make a move. Is it the company itself, the industry, the actual job role, or your boss? What is the primary catalyst? When you’re in a situation that brings about feelings of angst in you, it’s easy to assume that any other situation will be better. Try not to feed completely off emotions, remain diligent and logical as you reflect on your current job, and remember the grass isn’t always greener.
  • Polish Your Social Media Presence – In our digital-first society, every hiring manager searches for you online, so cover all your social media bases. Everyone thinks to spruce up their LinkedIn profiles, but what about your other social media accounts? Think of every social media platform people can find you on. When thinking of the photos you use in your profile, choose those representing your brand. Also, make sure your online branding shares recent projects you’ve done and recommendations given by those in your networking circle.
  • Think Company Culture – It’s about more than just pay and a specific title. The company has to be a fit. Think about the industry you want to be in, the type of work environment you want to be a part of, and the culture that will provide for you best. Consider the resources and tools you want to have at your disposal and the support you need as a professional.
  • Set Goals for Yourself – What do you want out of your next job? How can the next move help shape your professional trajectory for the next 5-10 years? Start by making a list of your needs. This should include everything from the type of commute you want, the job flexibility, benefits offered, and anything else that falls under the umbrella of what your next job can provide you.  When it comes to the actual work itself, think about the responsibilities you want to have and the types of tasks you want to complete. For example, do you want to be in a managerial position, or are there specific growth opportunities you want access to? These are the things you need to think about.
  • Reach Out to Your Network – It might not be all about who you know, but it certainly helps. Get yourself out there and attend networking events in-person or virtually that allow you to connect with other professionals. Take a look at the people you are already connected with because you never know who has a particular insight into jobs or companies you might encounter in your job search.  Connecting or re-connecting also gives you the chance to share your job desires. Talk about the industries you’re interested in, the type of job schedule you want, and even the culture you’re looking for. Be specific about what you want. The more specific you are, the better people will be able to help you.

Going through a job search is challenging enough. Set yourself up for success by doing what you need to before actually searching. What else would you add to this list? Join the conversation on LinkedIn and check out Job Search Following Tax Season.