I don’t mind looking for work. I don’t know that I would say I’m all stoked about the fact that I have to be looking for a position, but I do enjoy the research, the prep, thinking about how I can help the people I might go to work for.
Taking these things in mind, along with my always evolving desire to help people out, I decided to put together a 5 part series on job hunting!
Part 1 (this): Determining your direction and updating your sales collateral
Part 2: Taking a personal inventory
Part 3: The Hunt
Part 4: Prepping for the Interview
Part 5: Next Steps
It’s definitely a process, though. So many little i’s to dot and t’s to cross to get yourself ready to put out there. So where do you start??
- Determine your direction
If you’re like most of us, you’ve done a few different jobs. Being unemployed is the perfect time to change your direction if you’re not happy where you’re at or with what you’re doing! Figure out what you want to do and where you would like to be so you can speak to that as you start preparing
- Update your resume. Make it Solution Based
When you’re talking about what you did in your previous positions, you need to take a look at not only what you did but how it benefitted the company. Did your new content marketing email bring in new leads? Did the promotion equate to sales? Tell them how you helped.
- Update (and use!) your LinkedIn
LinkedIn is your online source for jobs and networking and a presence that should really speak to what you can do and would like to do. Once you’ve got a solid profile, start looking for companies and people you would like to connect with. Ask them questions about their industry. Find out about that new area you’d like to move to. And work it, baby.
This will get you to a point where you can start focusing on what you’ve got going for you. I’ll give you some tips and tricks on that next time!