[A collaboration post – all thoughts are my own.]
I don’t know about you, but it has already been three years since I last looked for a job. I’ve gotten too used to working for myself as a translator, and having a website also contributes to my monthly income, which, in my opinion, is more than enough to live in Bali.
Not that I’m really proud of it. Despite the pressure and stress it can bring, I’m content since I get to do what I love and enjoy every day. And I’m aware that at this time of year, you have a lot of wonderful things to accomplish in your job. For this reason, I’ve put together a list of simple steps you may take to begin your job search. When the weather starts to cool off, try these things out, and you’ll be more than prepared to begin looking for a new job.
Refresh Your LinkedIn Profile
My LinkedIn profile was last updated two months ago. It’s possible that you’re not in the mood right now to update your LinkedIn profile. And that’s okay. However, you can at least add a professional touch by making your title extremely catchy. When someone lands on your page, these are the first two things they see, so you might as well make them appealing.
Let LinkedIn Know You’re Open to Opportunities
Go to your LinkedIn settings and turn on the button that says “Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities.” This indicates to recruiters that you want to hear from them about job openings. Then, specify what opportunities you are open to on the career interests page.
By turning this on, you must update your LinkedIn profile more thoroughly so that recruiters can easily recognize your value and skills. For instance, when I enable this option, recruiters have been in touch with me for positions such as personal assistant, content writer, EN-ID translator, etc.
Send Out Connection Requests on LinkedIn
Bring up your LinkedIn profile and quickly scan your connections. Is there anyone you know? Maybe a former colleague or a professional contact you have from work? Write them a brief note asking to get in touch. In a few months, when you need someone to contact about opportunities, you’ll be glad you have this person in your online network.
Bookmark Jobs You’re Interested In
Without a doubt, applying for a job requires time. Before submitting your application, you must find the ideal position, review the job description, prepare a cover letter, update your resume, and make sure all of your supporting documents are in order.
Even if you don’t want to submit an application right away, take 10-15 minutes once a week to browse job boards or company career pages, select positions that seem like a good fit for you, and bookmark positions you’re interested in. Basically, brainstorming about roles now will make you have a much better job search in the future.
Moreover, in my experience, many job opportunities remain unoccupied for months, depending on how simple it is to find candidates for them or even how many candidates the employer wishes to hire. Because of this, don’t be surprised if a position you find in July is still actively hiring in September.
Give Your Resume An Update
Everyone, I’m sure, has their own résumé, am I right? (or no?!) I mean, I do have a resume as a blogger.
So, I’m going to suggest you spend 15 to 20 minutes checking your resume for errors or typos. Is your email address, for instance, still valid? Have your job responsibilities or title changed? Is there anything unnecessary that you should remove?
Your resume could require some updates or additions. By giving it a minor update, you can be sure that you have a resume that is ready to give to your networking contacts when they request it.
Write a Rough Outline of a Cover Letter
Let’s assume that after looking through many job postings, you are beginning to form some thoughts for your cover letter even though you aren’t yet ready to submit an application. These notes could be very useful for getting you started when you sit down to write your thorough cover letter:
– What’s a story you could use to express that you have each of these skills?
– Which positions you’ve held fit most closely with the job openings?
– What achievements in previous roles or in your current role are you most proud of?
Whatever comes to mind, even if it seems ridiculous, jot down any thoughts you have. If nothing comes to mind right now, put it aside and come back to it later.
So, are you planning to find a job this autumn? What’s your job-hunting experience? Let me know below!