Updated: May 30, 2021
A few best tips and practices to reduce the anxiety and stress of job searching:
Recreate your resume. Remember your resume is an ongoing working document. Meaning as long as you’re working it is never "final". All experience is credible experience. This is why it is important to have more than one version of your resume, especially if you're an entrepreneur.
Develop SMART goals. Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Relevant, Time-based goals are ones in which will help you navigate and focus on exactly what YOU want to accomplish in your job search.
Do your research! You will appreciate having taken the time to get to know the company cultures and backgrounds. Visiting company websites is a great way to get to know and learn more of the culture or the organization.
Create your Elevator Pitch! What is an elevator pitch? An elevator pitch is a 30 sec- 1min oral introduction of yourself describing who you are, what you do, and future career goals.
Draft an Informational Interview Letter. Once you have confirmed an opportunity to interview, reach out to the suggested contact, mentioning the connectors name in the subject line. A brief phone conversation or a chat over coffee are my go to suggestions in regards to meeting in person.
Prepare a cover letter! A cover letter is a great way to summarize work accomplishments in written format to be included in your career portfolio.
Network...network...network! Tell people about yourself! Create a LinkedIn profile to showcase your resume to recruiters as well as connect with others. Use this social media profile as a space to build your professional reputation and share work related content as well as learn from the many resources provided.
Thank you Letters. A sure way to be remembered! After the interview can be the most stressful period of the process. I mean... who likes waiting? Be sure to ALWAYS send a Thank you, letter within 24 hours after the interview.