Summer is over – maybe not according to the thermometer – but school is back in session. Phoenix job seekers may have taken a break in job search during the summer, and now is the time to get back in the hunt. Before you panic about where to start, use these tips to jump into the process effectively and efficiently.
- Dust off your resume with a critical eye. Restarting your search requires a fresh look at your resume. Be critical and try to think like a hiring manager. Are there phrases, words, or sections that need to be more dynamic and compelling? Take the time to research what responsibilities you are going to need to express your abilities in for that next position.
- Don’t let your social media eliminate you. Employers will search for you on LinkedIn® and Facebook® at some point. Having a proactive approach that shows your online presence is professional will be important.
- Set aside time twice a week to do online search. Wasting time everyday looking for a job on search engines like Jobing® or Indeed® will only make you frustrated. The most efficient use of your time is to set the timeframe to ‘Last 3 days’ and then search on Sunday and Thursday or Monday and Friday consistently.
- Write down a detailed story for every resume bullet point. Bad interviewers don’t know their resume from top to bottom. Taking each bullet point and actually writing down the information about the situation, what you did, and what resulted from your action will empower you to explain your skills effectively in an interview.
Plan now for upcoming networking and career fair events. Phoenix is a large city with many opportunities to start or build your network. Find a group that is in your industry to establish people who may have access to jobs that meet your goals. Career fair events are sponsored by job search organizations. Check out this link to find an aggregate list of upcoming events: http://phoenix.jobing.com/events