5 things to do when you start looking for a new job

Photo by  Nik MacMillan  on  Unsplash

Photo by Nik MacMillan on Unsplash

Getting the itch for a new job and don't know where to begin? Has it been a long time since you last looked for a job and feel overwhelmed what to do? Here are five easy steps to take to get started:

  1. Dust off the good old resume - Always have backup copies of old resumes to use as a starting point as the thought of making one from scratch can be pretty daunting. Browse online for templates or ask a friend if they would feel comfortable sharing their resume to use as inspiration.
  2. Update your LinkedIn profile - Some people keep their LinkedIn up-to-date as they complete projects and others only update their profile when they start looking for a job. Whatever you do make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are in sync and highlight your recent accomplishments.
  3. Set up job alerts - Many job listing websites now give you the option to set up search terms and will send you daily or weekly email alerts of new listings that match your search terms. Some popular choices are: LinkedIn Jobs, Indeed and Eluta
  4. Reach out to friends or old coworkers - It's a delicate balance to reach out to your contacts if you don't want your current employer to find out you're considering a move, but if you use discretion and connect with trusted friends and old coworkers they may let you know of a job opening that may fit your experience and interest. Some say at least half of all jobs are not advertised. Often chatting with people you've worked with can help you identify your strengths so you can narrow down roles you would be good at.
  5. Make a pros and cons list - At one point you enjoyed your current job so what about it did you love? What are you finding difficult? I find it can be helpful to write down a detailed list of pros and cons. Maybe you love your company, but aren't enjoying some of the administrative aspects of your job. In that instance maybe you should look for opportunities within your own company. Maybe you feel like you can't move up any more in your own company and need to look for a role in a new organization for you next move up. Having a list written down will help you start your search and identify tasks and responsibilities to keep an eye out for in job listings and when you're interviewing.