As we head into the final stretch of 2018, we’re also coming up on one of the busiest hiring seasons of the year. For many corporate and for-profit organizations, hiring budgets renew at the start of the fiscal year on January 1, making the New Year prime time for filling job openings. If you want to beat the competition and get a good start out of the gate in January, use the pre-holiday job search time wisely.
Hiring is typically at its slowest during the summer months and in late December, due to factors like holidays and time off. Use this time to update and refresh your resume, research companies of interest, and starting building a short-list of potential opportunities to apply to. Take inventory of your skills, identify gaps that are holding you back from your next position, and think about ways to acquire those in 2019.
Thinking about asking for a raise, or brushing up on your interviewing skills? Maybe it’s a good time to consult a career coach who can help you with your presentation.
To help you get your job search running smoothly and in full-force, I’ve broken out some of this our most popular blog posts on everything from creating a digital brand presence to writing a resume summary statement, to figuring out what is going on in the human resources offices while you sit and wait.
Avoid the unnecessary stress that comes with job searching by understanding how HR works, and in doing so, you’ll have a better comparison scale of what to expect during the hiring process.
I’ve broken out the key components of building and maintaining a strong personal brand as a job seeker, which you can use as an assessment of what you’re putting out there about yourself, and how that information is working (or not working) to promote your unique value to potential employers.
Nobody likes the topic of being let go from a position. But in the interview process, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll be asked, “So why did you leave your last position?” Here’s how to position the situation in a more positive light.
The summary statement on your resume is prime real estate for marketing yourself and ensuring that whatever message(s) you’re trying to convey through your resume are coming through loud and clear. What does a good one look like?
Over 90% of hiring managers are using some form of social media in their recruitment efforts. Here’s an overview of the benefits of integrating a social media strategy into your job search, and which networks you should be utilizing to reach your target audience.
The thing about creative resumes is that, while they may help you stand out initially, they’re often poorly executed in terms of content versus design. Here are a couple creative tactics you can employ to give you’re resume a well-designed look that helps you stand out in a sea of 12 point Times New Roman devotees.
The holiday weeks are a great time to get out there and market yourself to the best of your potential! After all, who wouldn’t love to spend the holidays sifting through job offers? Perhaps that’s a tad overly-optimistic, but what’s not overly optimistic is the prospect of having your job search wrapped up and done with by Thanksgiving.
Get your resume in order, craft an excellent cover letter, make sure your LinkedIn and your social networking profiles are marketing you while you sleep, and that your online brand presence is effectively positioning you as the top-notch candidate you are.