So you guys, I just got featured on Get Hired by LinkedIn News’ Helen Harris’ Newsfeed! This will mark my thirty-sixth time being featured as part of a LinkedIn News post. Here’s to more in 2023!

Please check out this fantastic article by LinkedIn as part of their weekly News’ Get Hired editorials from Helen Harris with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—™๐˜‚๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต

Whether or not you are actively looking for a job, there are always proactive steps you can take that will lead to your future job-search success. Details like preparing your references and consistently developing your personal brand are smart moves to make before you start the job-search process that can set you up for long-term success.

Are you unsure how to have the best chance of securing the job you want? Or maybe youโ€™re currently happily employed but want to make sure youโ€™re set up for success, should you need to look for another job.

Regardless of where you are in your career, there are proven actions you can โ€” and should โ€” take to help guide you in your future job search.

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Network

Undeniably, one of the strongest actions you can take from the start of your career is to begin (and never stop) networking.

โ€œNetworking is and always will be the main strategy for a successful [job] transition,โ€ said Matt Warzel,career coach and resume writer. โ€œWho you know will never go away.โ€

With that thought, Warzel stresses that the key is to plant as many hypothetical โ€œseeds,โ€ so you can one day see the blossoming flower that is the opportunity youโ€™ve been looking for.

โ€œEither way, get to networking and start sending folks some value in the form of advice, a link of interest, some industry or competitor news, etc., so they can reciprocate.โ€

Keep Track of Your Accomplishments

โ€œAlways maintain a brag book of achievements so you can update your resume regularly,โ€ said Warzel. โ€œI consider the resume a living breathing thing. It needs to be tended to, so I would advise on updating or having it updated every 6 months to a year.โ€

Review Your Resume Regularly

Your resume shouldnโ€™t be neglected for years on end until the moment when you are entering the job search.

โ€œThe last thing you want to do is rush the resume development once someone does request an updated resume,โ€ said Warzel.

Practice Telling Your Career Story

โ€œEnsure you have all your project narratives in order and ready to share each success depending on the question,โ€ said Warzel. โ€œ โ€ฆ Your narratives are vital and not only for the job but for your pay rate.โ€

Research Top Jobs, Companies and Recruiters in Your Industry

โ€œGain confidence by researching the role and investigating the industry, major players, and products/offerings/services and news,โ€ said Warzel. โ€œPay attention to the industry, its competitors, company news and other open roles within the industry. The more knowledge and understanding of the role and company โ€” paired with stories to share of your accomplishments and previous duties that relate to the job โ€” the more confidence you will have going into an interview.โ€

He also offers the following points:

  • Learn the terminology and respective process impact in this new role.
  • Understand the function your new role would play in the entire operation.
  • Understand why there is an opening
  • Gain clarity on any pain points the hiring managers may have because of the opening.

Have a Plan for Your Career

Are you thinking about how to upskill and advance your career? If not, Warzel suggests this is critical to maintaining a rising trajectory for your career path.

โ€œSetting goals should be a year-round event,โ€ said Warzel. โ€œDrop some, add some; whatever it takes so you can advance your career. The idea is to reverse-engineer some of the career paths of those you are interested in becoming one day and figure out what goals need to be set to achieve that progression.โ€

Consider Meeting with a Career Coach

โ€œI always consider a career coach as someone you should check in with every 6 months to a year as well,โ€ said Warzel.

He states that this is a professional who can help you dissect how you are feeling in your role, how your reviews and salary raises are going and if you have a succession plan.

Start โ€” and Never Stop โ€” Learning New Skills

โ€œReverse engineer your career path from your ideal jobโ€™s description and see what you have and what needs up-skilling,โ€ said Warzel.

READ THE ARTICLE: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-10-actions-take-success-future-job-search-/

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