4 Questions to Ask Yourself…Before You Start a Job Search

You’ve been in your job for a while. Now, you’re ready for something new. But as experienced Hartford headhunters, Stewart Staffing knows before you take the plunge and put your resume out there, you should ask yourself a few questions to ensure you’re on a path toward career success:

How current is my LinkedIn profile?

If it’s been a few years since you’ve updated your LinkedIn profile, now’s the time to review and refresh it. Recruiters and employers not only look to LinkedIn to source qualified candidates, but also use it to research individuals who apply with them. So it’s a good opportunity to make a strong impression. Check to ensure your work history is current, your photo is professional, and get a few recommendations and testimonials.

What comes up if I Google my name?

Again, today’s employers vet candidates online to uncover details about their reputation. That’s why it’s so important to Google yourself. Results that yield anything inappropriate can certainly harm your chances of landing a job. Likewise, if there are no results – and you essentially don’t exist online – it could also look bad to potential employers.

What’s my plan to ramp up networking?

Many jobs are filled through word-of-mouth and referrals. That’s why networking should be a component of every job search plan. So even if it’s not a typical part of your schedule, start working in some networking events. Attend industry conferences, go to those alumni social hours, and participate in online forums through LinkedIn Groups. Also, think about those in your network who work at companies you’re interested in. Then reach out to them and ask about open positions.

What accomplishments are important to highlight?

When you’re working on updating your resume, keep in mind: employers don’t want to see a list of tasks and duties. They want to see results. What have you done for your current and past employers? The more you can quantify these accomplishments, the better.

For instance, listing “ordering office supplies” as one of your job duties isn’t going to impress a hiring manager. But saying that you “renegotiated your office supply contract and saved 15%” will certainly get their attention.

Getting these few things in place before you start your job search can increase your likelihood for success. If you’d like more job search help – from professionals – call Stewart Staffing. As experienced Hartford headhunters, we work with top employers throughout Hartford and Central Connecticut, and we can help you find the company that best matches your skills, interests and goals. Contact us today to learn more.

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