People tell you all manner of false information
in a job search, including "resumes are dead," "you only need a one
page resume," "LinkedIn is just like Facebook," "a cover
letter isn't important," and "if you apply to enough jobs online
through job boards you will get a job."
Listen to real experts in a job search, not friend, family and acquaintance
opinions. While the aforementioned are
well-meaning, they will make your job search longer, more frustrating, and
potentially unsuccessful. Get the facts
from an experienced career professional if you have questions. To your job search success!
Detach from tech on evenings, weekends
and vacations. When you never “leave” work or social networks you become numb
to information and less productive in your work. Constant use of tech devices has been linked
to higher stress, anxiety, and depression which leads to lowered work
performance and decreased job satisfaction.
Give your mind a break – try working each day after a night off without
work emails and social media overload and watch your productivity soar.
Afraid of networking? Take
a friend with you. Going to an “event”
can seem very intimidating, particularly if you are somewhat shy. Having a friend along gives you an automatic “group.” If the friend happens to be more outgoing, you will have the added benefit
of them making introductions as well.
Track all of your work achievements monthly: projects
completed, new projects assigned to, sales numbers, new clients, documents
written, inventory managed, budgets managed, etc. It will make resume updating
easier and help you prepare for performance reviews.