6 Steps to Job Search Success

6 Steps to Job Search Success

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Step 1: Get clear on what you want

Ask yourself: What causes are you passionate about? On the flip side, issues that make you angry or upset can also offer a path to making change. What do you value in a job? Do you care most about salary or prestige? The ability to make an impact on a larger community? 

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1. Get clear on what you want

What type of work energizes you? Think about the activities that make you lose track of time or provide a deep sense of satisfaction. This can be a good starting point for thinking about what job function might be best-suited to you.

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Step 2: Explore

Once you know what you want, it's time to find out what the companies you're applying for want. A great tip for finding a new job is to investigate a company's Glassdoor page. It will help you get a feel for their company culture, figure out what questions they commonly ask in interviews, and even discover what salary you're likely to be paid.

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Step 3. Target

Ultimately, you should be able to describe your target in one or two sentences with key examples. Contrary to popular belief, being flexible and open to everything is likely to decrease your chances of honing in on something great and make it difficult to make a decision.

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Step 3. Target

Geography: Do you want to be in a city? If so, which city? Want an international experience? Where? Issue: What problem do you want to solve? For whom? Industry: Is there a particular industry that intrigues you? Not sure? Go back to the Research stage.

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Step 3. Target

Type of organization: Do you get energized by start-ups and new ventures? Or are you more comfortable in a large, established company with systems and processes in place? Function: What kind of skill-set are you interested in building? Do you like influencing people through language? Communications may be for you.

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Step 4. Prepare

After all your self-reflection and research, you should be well-positioned for your interviews, but there is still work to do to prepare. Before you dive into the preparation, make sure to congratulate yourself for being asked to interview. Acknowledging the small wins along the way is important to staying motivated during what can be a long process.

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Step 4. Prepare

Review your self-assessments and make sure you can articulate how the position aligns with your interests, skills, and passions – and your personal brand. Be prepared to provide examples that establish authenticity and demonstrate you can succeed in the role.

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Step 4. Prepare

If you’ve spoken with someone who works where you’re interviewing, let them know you’re being considered for a position and ask for their advice. If you’re fortunate to receive multiple offers, consider listing out the various elements that are important to you in a position and ranking each opportunity to see how each one aligns with these desired job elements.

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Step 5. Engage

For the vast majority of jobseekers, a large and strong network of contacts — people who know you and want to help you uncover job leads — results in more job opportunities. Networking – in person and online – is essential to your success in your job search.

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Step 5. Engage

It also helps you to get a good idea of what is out there and available, so you can be more strategic in your job search.  Don't be afraid to reach out to people on LinkedIn, and if you know someone working at a company that interests you, ask for a referral. Hiring managers would prefer to interview people who came recommended before sorting through the resumes arriving via a career website.

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Step 6. Perform

The best way to guarantee future job search success is to excel in your current job, but there are also some other good practices to keep in mind. Update your resume regularly (at least every six months) and document your accomplishments so you can make sure to capture all that you’ve done in your job.

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Step 6. Perform

Build in time to reflect on whether your job is still satisfying to you and whether your interests, passions, and values have evolved. Maintain the great network of contacts you built through your informational interviews by connecting with them on LinkedIn.

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Step 6. Perform

Build in time to reflect on whether your job is still satisfying to you and whether your interests, passions, and values have evolved. Maintain the great network of contacts you built through your informational interviews by connecting with them on LinkedIn.

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