NEW YEAR, NEW JOB – Make ’23 the Best Year for your Career!
While not as popular as losing weight or quitting smoking, getting a new job is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions made by people every year.
Whether you are in the market for a new job OR maybe just interested to know if a better job is out there, the New Year is a great time to review your job search activity…
1. REVIEW & UPDATE YOUR RESUME
Have you changed companies? Taken-on new responsibilities? Got a new title? Make sure your resume information is both current AND easily read. Make sure to update your resume wherever it may be; hardcopy, job boards, company websites and recruitment agencies.
This might also be a great to time to evaluate the format of your resume. For example, as job seekers gain experience, the trend is to move from a resume that is in a chronological format to one that is more accomplishment-based. There are a lot of good resources online for resume writing. If you aren’t getting a lot of hits on your resume, it might be time for a format change!
Pro-tip: Recruiters tend to favor candidates with more recent dates on their profiles. With StyleCareers.com, all you need to do is log-in to your profile and your “last-update” date will update automatically.
2. REVIEW, UPDATE & PRACTICE YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH
An “Elevator Pitch” is a concise, carefully planned and well-practiced description of the VALUE you bring to a company. The pitch should be easily understood by a layman and last 30-45 seconds; the typical time it takes to ride an elevator.
You never know when you might bump into someone who might be able to help in your job search. Make sure your Elevator Pitch is up-to-date, polished and practiced!
Pro-tip: Use your smartphone, laptop or webcam to record your Elevator Pitch. Record and review your pitch until you’ve made it perfect.
3. REVIEW & UPDATE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
With respect to social media, assume that a potential employer will see EVERYTHING you’ve ever posted and EVERYTHING that anyone else may have posted about you. Keep in mind that your social media profiles are not your only social media presence. Tagged photos of you, comments you’ve made, groups you’ve joined and events you’ve attended are likely to be available to potential employers.
4. CREATE A JOB SEARCH ACTIVITY LOG
Track applications, follow-up messages, contacts, etc… The more detailed you are, the better you will be able to evaluate your search, interview and follow-up practices.
It is important to follow-up on resumes you’ve sent, interviews you’ve had and contacts you have made BUT KEEP IN MIND, no one is going to hire a stalker. Use your job search activity log to ensure that you are conducting the right amount of follow-up.
5. CREATE/UPDATE YOUR ONLINE PORTFOLIO
Designers, illustrators, tech designers, visual merchandisers, web merchants, marketing professionals, etc… all need to have an online portfolio; most should have more than one. If you already have an online portfolio, now is a great time to update it with designs from the previous year.
Designers and other creatives who do not have an online portfolio should create one. Why? Recruiters want to see samples of your work. More importantly, they want to see the work immediately and nothing is faster than a hyperlink. Further, an online portfolio is a passive way to find work and/or freelance gigs.
Pro-tip: Check out these posts from Michi Raab’s article and David Leung on creating effective fashion portfolios.
Chris Kidd is the owner of StyleCareers.com, StylePortfolios.com, StyleDispatch.com, FashionCareerFairs.com and FashionRetailCareers.com.