At the beginning of the year I shared some tips on how to keep your job search routine organized. Now that we’re about to wrap up 2013 (can you believe it?) I thought now would be a good time to follow up with you about this. So let me ask you in the words of Dr. Phil, how’s that job search workin’ for ya?
Is it still fresh or has it become so mundane that you don’t bother to read the email anymore. Maybe you’re not getting notices as often as you’d like to.
Or perhaps you’re getting offers for positions that don’t interest you. If this has been the case now would be a good time to take a look at how you can keep your job search fresh for the upcoming New Year.
I remember how hard it was looking for a job and how frustrating it was reading job alert emails that had nothing to do with my skills or what I was looking for. If this has been the case for you this year, I’ve got something for you.
Let’s talk about four things you can do to keep your job search fresh. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, just a touch-up to your existing documents and profiles will do. For example, you can…
Update Your Profile at Job Search Sites
When was the last time you updated your profile at job search sites like Careerbuilder and Monster? If you aren’t getting any leads that interest you, take a look at your online profile and give your profile an update. Update your skills list and check to see if there are any new categories that you should add your profile to.
Update Your Resume
Make sure you update your resume with any new certifications, a new skill, a completed project or even edit your objective if there’s a career change.
If you use LinkedIn make sure that your work experience and education details on LinkedIn match what you have on your resume.
Common practice suggests we update our resumes once every six months.
Revamp Your Cover Letter
Take a look at your cover letter and see if you can change it up. Taking a second look might help discover another way to explain a skill or maybe help you remember to add something that wasn’t included in the first draft.
Check Your Social Media Profiles
I know this doesn’t have anything to do with keeping your job search fresh but it’s so important that it bears repeating. Remember, most recruiters or hiring managers will have already checked out a candidate’s profile before an interview.
Keep your social media profiles as clean as you can. They don’t have to be professional but avoid those f-bombs and other four letter words on your updates. And yes it’s okay to take a picture with you holding a drink but don’t put a caption like “party like a rock star” on it.
Over To You
If you have other suggestions to keep a job search fresh fill out the comments section below and tell us all about it. I appreciate you for sharing it with us.
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Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.