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Jump start your job search

Kids are back in school and for some parents it is also back into the hunt for a new job.  This is actually a good time of the year to look since companies are also planning for either the second or fourth quarter of their fiscal year.  So, if you are getting ready to put your skills on the market, there are some steps you need to take before you click away on job search engines...

  • Step One - dust off your last resume version and get it ready to go. Before you start adding content, remove anything not relevant to this job search and update ending dates on any organization involvement and work experience.
  • Step Two - add any training or technical or language skills that you may have learned or increased your level of expertise in since your last resume update. This includes any certifications or licensure that is new as well.
  • Step Three - double check your social media presence - LinkedIN, Facebook, even Twitter and Instagram if those are platforms that apply to your industry (graphic arts, entertainment, arts etc.) Make sure that you have a current/appropriate picture, and update anything that you also updated on your resume.
  • Step Four - communicate with your personal and professional network. Let your friends and family know you are entering the job market. If you have past colleagues that would be helpful with connections and/or introductions email them too.
  • Step Five - get your interviewing skills up to speed. Analyze the job descriptions you apply to and anticipate interview questions and then PRACTICE! There is no substitute for actually having another person you trust ask you questions and then give you constructive feedback on your answers to make you better.
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