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Steps to Take to Launch a Successful Job Search

It is extremely important to take pride in your job. Your job should be something you care about doing, something that gives you purpose and motivates you to get up in the morning. Studies show that people who enjoy their jobs are more successful and happier in other areas of their lives. Deciding on a job is a big decision that should not be taken lightly, as it requires a lot of time and focus. Sorting through job listings can be a grueling process, so read the paragraphs below for some tips to help you find the best possible job for you.

Define Your Goals

It is important to define your goals before you begin your job search in order to target the best options for you. Start by ranking these five key categories in order of importance to you:

  • Work environment
  • Growth opportunities
  • Pay and benefits
  • Hours
  • Level of responsibility

If you are stuck or unsure about what you want, take a credible personality test online to assess your likes and dislikes as well as your strengths and weaknesses. The results will help you better define your goals. For instance, if one of your weaknesses is working under pressure, maybe high pressure jobs like that of an airplane pilot or first responder are not
a good fit for you. If one of your interests is traveling, perhaps a job that allows you to travel, like a job in sales, is up your alley.

Many platforms offer personality and assessment tests that pinpoint your strengths then match you to jobs where you would perform your best. In fact, there are a plethora of platforms out there with advanced tools designed to match you with the perfect career field.

Set Aside Time

Job hunting is a competitive process, so the more jobs you apply for, the better your chances of landing one will be. It is for this reason that looking for a job can be very time consuming as well. It is important to set aside time in your everyday schedule dedicated to looking for jobs. Get organized. Before you begin, decide on a number of applications or
an amount of time per day you will spend searching. If you stick to your goals, looking for a job will be easy.

Utilize Your Resources

The next step to take when looking for a job is utilizing your resources. Online job boards are popular stops for job seekers. These are websites that feature a variety of current job postings including for hourly skilled laborers to professional and technical salary-based jobs and even executive positions. New job postings are added to these sites daily. Job boards
are helpful because they allow you to narrow your search. You can search for jobs by location, so you can find a job near your home. You can also search for jobs by salary, job title and company. Use job boards to research the best opportunities for you.

Do Your Research

Researching is vital when looking for a job. Research the companies that stand out to you, the areas they are located in and details about their interview processes. This information is highly valuable to you. For instance, if you are applying to a job in Florida from another city or state, you may be required to travel for an in-person interview. Some companies conduct interviews via Skype, but it is important to check this information before you apply so that you can prepare ahead of time. Furthermore, researching the company’s values will give you an idea of the kind of work environment to expect. You want to be sure you are working in a place you feel comfortable in. Also pay attention to salary and location in job listings to narrow down your options. How much you will make and whether or not you will need to commute are make-or-break deciding factors.

If you already have a list of companies you would like to work for, visit their company career pages directly to find new opportunities. Recruiting agencies are another resource you can use to match you with jobs.

Networking

Networking is another important resource at your disposal. Connect with people you already know to learn about as many opportunities as you can. Inform them that you are looking for a job, and what kind of job you are looking for. Be sure to ask them to introduce you to people in their networks that might be able to help you. It is highly recommended to keep a copy of your resume on you at all times just in case you meet someone in your industry.

Online networking can also go a long way. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, connecting more than 562 million users in more than 200 countries around the world. This platform is beneficial to you if you are looking for a job because it allows you to market yourself online for free. Having an online presence is especially important these days. To employers, if you are not online, you basically do not exist.

Keeping your LinkedIn profile detailed and up to date will help you get noticed by employers. On this website, you want employers to be the ones looking for you. This will give you more time to sort through job postings and fill out applications you found on other sites. Additionally, LinkedIn has unique features including a feature that notifies members what skills are trending among people with the same job title. This allows job seekers to broaden their options. Making sure to pay attention to the specific skills employers are looking for in their job postings is extremely important when looking for a job, as it will determine whether or not you qualify for the position.

If you do not already have a LinkedIn account, make one. Use this checklist to ensure that your LinkedIn profile will get noticed:

  • Features a professional photo
  • Has a customized URL
  • Features an engaging summary about who you are
  • Includes your most recent work history
  • Highlights your career accomplishments
  • Includes your education and volunteer experiences
  • Has a list of skills

Sticking to this list will give you the upper hand in your job search.