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Don't Start Your Job Search Until You Do These 5 Things

Published: November 21, 2018

To make the most of your job search, it’s important that you prepare well. Before you highlight a job posting or send off a single resume, get ready.

Don't start your job search until you do these 5 things:


1. Complete Necessary Career Training for Your Field

Does the job you want require a certification or degree? Find out before you get your hopes up for a job and discover you aren’t yet qualified for it. But don’t get discouraged! You may be surprised to learn there are programs you can complete in less than a year that will prepare you for your dream career.

2. Perfect Your Resume

Once you’re all set with the training requirements that will match the types of jobs you want, it’s time to make sure you properly display your qualifications with a great resume. Did you know that your resume only gets six seconds to make a great first impression? Make sure yours does! Plus, if you have a current resume prepared, you’ll be ready to apply for a job you’re interested in with short notice. A good rule of thumb is to update your resume when you start a new job and at least once a year after that so that it’s always current and ready when you want it. As a student at Charter College, you can access Career Services. Our trained staff serve as a great resource when you need help crafting your resume, preparing your cover letter, and looking for a job in your new career.

3. Research Companies in Your Field

Before you begin the job search, find out who the players are in your industry. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Ask people you know who work in the field
  • Visit your local Chamber of Commerce or other business development websites and see who its members are. You can typically search by industry.
  • Find the local or national trade association for the industry online and look at its member list
  • Google the industry and look at the maps listings
  • Visit the library to find the local business publication. Many publish annual lists of local businesses by industry.

When you know the businesses in your field before you begin the job search, you can better hone your message, resume, and even your attitude, toward the company’s mission and priorities. That’s because you’ll already know which are large and small employers are; which interest you the most and why; whether certain companies have had positive or negative news coverage, and what online reviews say about them.

4. Make Sure Your Online Presence Is Professional

Do you Google someone before you meet them, whether it’s a professional or personal meetup? Guess what? Employers do too. Make sure whatever you put online is something you’re proud of. Check your privacy settings on your social media accounts to make sure employers can only see what you want. And conduct an online search for yourself to see if anything unexpected comes up. Don’t miss out on a job opportunity because you let prospective employers see a little too much of your personal life.

5. Prepare for Interviews

After you land an interview, your excitement will likely be followed by the anticipation of how it will go and what you need to do to prepare. You’ll need to be ready to show your interviewer that you have the right skills and qualifications for the job, but it’s also important that you present yourself professionally. You can make preparation easier on yourself when you understand the basics of how to interview well and have the ideal clothing for the interview, before you even start the job search. That way, when you do get the interview, you can feel a little more at ease knowing that you only need to focus on how to tailor your preparation to that specific job.

With these five steps, you’re ready to kick off the job search for your ideal position! What are you waiting for?