Give your job search a good scrubbing this spring.
Can you believe that spring is here? Many of us use this season as an excuse to clean out our closets and give our homes a good scrubbing from top to bottom. It’s also the perfect time to take a look at our job-search tactics and give them a thorough cleaning.
If you’ve been reading my column for a while, you should be familiar with a concept of “harnessing the power of three.” As a job seeker, there are three main ways to pursue job leads – both hidden and published. I recommend applying and following up to online listings; utilizing your network of personal and professional contacts; and engaging with recruiters.
By sprucing up your job-search strategy, you can increase the number of relevant job leads in your pipeline. Use the following tips to get your job search in tip-top shape and help you harness even more job leads this season.
Unclutter your resume
If you haven’t reviewed your resume in a while, now’s the time to give it a good polish. Rearrange the information to showcase your most relevant experience and qualifications. If you find yourself hoarding extraneous information, it’s time to trim the fat. Edit your resume so it’s no more than two pages and clear off any experience beyond the past ten-to-fifteen years.
Replenish your network
Use this season as an excuse to dust off your address book and take stock of your network. Now’s the time to repair friendships with those you’ve lost touch with, and weed out those who are unsupportive of your goals. Plant the seeds for new connections by joining relevant professional associations or other industry-specific groups. Meeting new people in your industry will only increase your chances of landing the right job, sooner. Remember that not every networking opportunity will be a face-to-face affair. Break out your smartphone to keep networking while on the go.
Clean up your online presence
Out with the old, in with the new! It’s time to give your online presence a face-lift. Set up Google Alerts for your name to actively monitor your brand, and clean out or update any outdated profiles. Increase the security settings on any personal accounts you don’t want to associate with your professional brand. This will ensure that employers find the same professional online that they met face-to-face or read in your application.
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Amanda Augustine is the Career Management Expert for TheLadders. She provides job search and career guidance for professionals looking to make their next career move. Have a question for Amanda? Follow her at @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and “Like” her on Facebook for up-to-the-minute job-search advice.