At some point during your job search you will need to provide references. A reference is someone who can vouch for the skills and experience you say you have on your resume. Most employers will check references. It’s good to line up your references when you start your job search. That means calling the person you want to use as a reference and asking their permission to use their name and contact information.
As we begin 2019 it’s common to hear talk of New Year’s resolutions. But do you make resolutions about your career each year? Maybe this is something you should consider.
Updating your career goal isn’t something only the unemployed should consider. It could involve looking for new work, but it can just as easily mean looking at a promotion or a new opportunity within the same company. If you take part in an annual performance appraisal you may be asked about your future career aspirations.
With the holidays approaching thoughts turn to giving and spending time with loved ones. You might think about donating some time to a worthy cause.
But did you know that volunteering is also a good job search activity?
Volunteering is a great way to add current experience to your resume or show your commitment to the community. There are lots of charities and non-profit agencies in our community looking for extra help, not only this time of year but all year round.
So, your resume is done, you have a realistic job goal and you are ready to begin your job search. Now what do you do? Many people start by checking online job boards and newspaper ads.
It may be a good start but not always the most effective or time efficient. Remember that the more time you spend on your job search the more successful you will be.
So you have decided it’s time to find a new job and you need to develop a resume. Where do you start?
Firstly, it’s important to have a career goal or position in mind when you develop your resume. A generic resume is a great start but not likely to get you much notice when you are competing with others.