How To Make Your Move

New Year’s Job Hunting

I’ll bet a carton of leftover eggnog that more people will resolve to ‘find a new job’ in the coming months than at any other time of the year. If that resolution made your list, consider these points while the holiday hangover subsides.

Start with the end in mind. Be specific about your ‘Target Job.’

People often make the leap to a new company without fully considering the elemental differences in their work and whether they would be happy in the long term. Even jobs with the same title can vary widely from company to company.

For example, if you were leaping from a large company to a small one you would face a broader scope of responsibility, and have fewer resources at your disposal. You might even have responsibilities that you thought you’d left behind earlier in your career. If you’d leaped before looking, you’d now have to adapt or risk failure.

Before that happens, act deliberately in your job search. Develop realistic and specific criteria. Insert yourself into a role that will be relevant in the future, and enhance your value in the industry.

Tweak Your Profiles Like You Do Your Resume.

Online profiles such as LinkedInBranchout, and even already supplement the traditional resume. Yet, surprisingly, only 50.5% of LinkedIn users have ‘complete profiles.

Your professional profile is a marketing tool. Use a winnowed list of target jobs to help you tailor your profile to position you favorably.

List achievements, not just duties. For every bullet point, ask yourself why it matters, why it’s interesting, and why it’s meaningful. If it doesn’t add to your professional image, cut it. Employ adjectives sparingly. Use keywords in your job titles, responsibilities, etc. that will get you noticed. Amass endorsements and recommendations. Join groups that relate to the work you’d like to do.

Network with Prospective Co-workers.

Savvy companies rely on their employees for recruitment support. In addition to sites like Jobvite that help to facilitate employee referral connections, remember to check LinkedIn to see if you have mutual connections within the company. Actively enlist direct and indirect contacts in the company to increase the likelihood that your resumé gets reviewed by the hiring manager. Get creative around making contact. Don’t be afraid to follow up emails with calls.

People are especially busy in the beginning of the year; email gets buried. Plan to follow-up several times. Help your contacts help you by making specific, targeted, and efficient requests.

Activity Yields Results

In the end, it’s a numbers game.

The more avenues you pursue, the more opportunities you’ll uncover. Resolve to follow these suggestions, don’t be afraid to sell yourself, and you’ll be sitting pretty by the time eggnog season comes back around.