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New Year, New Career

January 14, 2016

Is a career change part of your New Year’s resolution? Here are some tips on navigating the job search.

New Year, new career? If you are thinking that a job change is in order for you in 2016, there are a few things you should be aware of. Creating a job search strategy tailored to your career goals, skills, and experience is a big part of easing your way into the job market again. The start of a new year can often be a time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be.

5 tips for a job change

  1. Realize what kind of job you’re in the market for. This might seem obvious, but you do not want to be wasting your time applying for jobs that are not suited to your needs or skills. If you are changing jobs, you clearly know why your current job is not satisfying your career goals, so be clear on exactly what you want your job to be when searching for a new one. Assess your personal situation before sending out any resumes and wasting your time or your employers’ time.
  2. Set aside a good chunk of time for your job search. - Securing a new career means that you have to set aside time, energy, and commitment to do so. Attending training courses, networking events, building your personal network—these things all take time, and if you approach the job search half-heartedly, you will not get the improved career you are searching for. Potential employers will definitely notice your drive and determination (or lack thereof) during your job search.
  3. Connect to your professional community. - We all know the age old saying that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” When looking for a new career, connecting to your professional community means you are connecting with the most dedicated and revered individuals in your profession, which will undoubtedly lead you in the right direction. LinkedIn is a great tool for connecting with past colleagues and others in your professional network—be sure to update your profile accordingly.
  4. Consider a temporary position if need be.- If you are unsure of the profession you’re currently in and want to explore new companies and industries, a temporary position or contract assignment might be the answer. Such a position is easier to acquire in many instances, and can lead to a positive new reference from the employer, or even a permanent position in the business. In any case, it will keep your skills sharp as you continue your search for a new career.
  5. Be hasty in selecting a new job.- Do not choose the first job that comes to you, because if you’re unhappy and end up leaving your new position, that’s just one more line you have to add to your “Work History” on your resume. Future employers can be turned off if you have an extensive work history and short employment times at each.

Questions on your New Year’s job search? Contact any member of the KLR Executive Search Group LLC.

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