Prepping Your Job Search for the New Year

Whether you’re currently applying to new jobs or just strictly browsing for something down the road, the New Year is always an advantageous time to take stock and update your own professional brand. These helpful and quick tips below will ensure you’re ready to go when the right job opportunity comes your way, no matter what time of year. 

Open to Opportunities on LinkedIn 

You might wonder why your colleagues and friends always discuss receiving LinkedIn messages from recruiters across the country. While these messages might not always be exactly what you’re looking for, it’s a great way to see what’s out there without doing any active searching on your end. 

LinkedIn offers a choice to members about whether or not you’d like to notify recruiters that you are looking for new opportunities. Many recruiters most likely only have a certain number of messages they can send to highlight a specific role, so you’ll be among the first messages if your profile and experience seem like a perfect match and you’ve indicated you are open to new opportunities. 

To change this setting, go to Settings & Privacy, Job Seeking Preferences, and then switch to YES at Let recruiters know you are open to job opportunities. This is where you can also update the desired industries, job titles, and locations of your next role!

What to look out for: While LinkedIn does everything they can to ensure your current employer can’t see that you’re now open to new opportunities, they can’t guarantee it. Just something to be aware of if you are thinking about making that switch! 

Resume Check

This is a quick and easy reminder. Use this time at the beginning of 2020 to confirm your resume is updated with current titles and contact information. This also means making sure the dates are correct for how long you’ve been at each role, with at least months and years included.

Pro tip: Once your resume is up to date, save your resume as a PDF file instead of as a Microsoft Word document. PDFs are easier for recruiters to upload into their tracking systems and to share with others!

Put Out Some Feelers

This is a nice and informal task to let others in your network know you might be ready to start looking for a new opportunity. Friends, family, and colleagues can be on the lookout for preferred jobs to send your way for review. Many of the jobs I’ve applied to in the past have been forwarded to me by others in my network that might not have been on my radar otherwise.

You can also join groups on Facebook and LinkedIn to further network in the industry you’re seeking to either progress in or enter. Here’s where you can especially take advantage of alumni groups or listservs, whether that be for schools you’ve attended or programs you’ve participated in. 

If you really want to jumpstart conversations with employers, never be afraid to reach out to their info@ email accounts, which can usually be found on the contact page of their website. This can be a fast way to learn about a specific job or opportunity or more generally about a company if a role doesn’t exist yet.

Next Steps 

No matter where you are at in your career pathway, or even if you’re currently a passive job seeker, the New Year can be a great time to make sure you are prepared to take a more active role when the right job opportunity presents itself. 

If you have any questions about becoming more active in this area or want to know more about any of the roles listed on Edgility’s Careers page, feel free to reach out to me directly at zharr@edgilityconsulting.com or schedule a call with me here