If you have decided to look for a new job in the new year, you can begin now by getting all your ducks in a row, laying the groundwork so you can hit the ground running in 2023. Here are some steps to take.
Set some objectives for yourself
Before you begin the actual work of job hunting, you need to do a little planning and preparation. You need to consider the kind of job you want to pursue and what kind of skills, knowledge, and background are necessary for the type of job you want.
Then you need to do an inventory of your own skills and consider whether you may need to acquire any additional ones to make you a more attractive job candidate. Will this involve any additional training? These are things to consider before you start your search.
The other thing to consider is the companies you want to work for. What kind of company would you most like to work at? What are you looking for in a company? You need to narrow down your list and target you’re most desired companies. You will need to do research on the companies as well to find out as much about them as you can about each of them.
Preparing a resume and cover letter
The resume and cover letter are basically advertisements, vehicles for you to help sell yourself to an employer.
An effective resume will focus on your skills and your accomplishments, backing these up with examples, facts, and figures. So as part of your preparation, you need to think about and list your most important accomplishments and put those accomplishments in context.
You also need to think about the skills you have acquired during the course of your career and how you have used those skills.
Cover letters generally focus on the qualities that make you unique and explain why a company would want to hire you and what you bring to the table that no one else can. So you need to prepare by thinking about these things and how you will write about them.
This is one of the best ways to find out about possible job opportunities. Your preparation should include conversations with friends, coworkers, and other people in your profession. They may be able to provide you with ideas and information about where to look, what the job market is like, and what trends you need to be aware of in your profession.
Preparing for the interview
Some questions pop up at every interview. You need to be aware of these and begin to think about how you will answer them. You don’t need to memorize your answers, but you should have an idea of what you will say.
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