Now that 2016 is here, it is time to shake off the last bit of holiday fever and dive back into the thick of searching for a new job opportunity. If you took a small break from sending out resumes, don’t feel guilty or stressed about it; most people, hiring managers included, take time off to rest during the holiday season.
But now that the holidays are over, everyone is back and prepared for the new year. Before you start sending out resumes and applications again, you’ll want to make sure you have all the tools necessary to seamlessly ease back into the process. To prevent yourself from dragging your feet back into the swing of things, here are a few tips to ensure you’re prepared to restart your search:
Outline Your Professional Achievements From The Past Year
A hiring manager is going to want to see the most up-to-date version of your resume, so the first step in preparing for your next job search should be reflecting on what you’ve learned over the past year and adding it to your resume. If you’re nervous about whether you have made sufficient strides in that time, don’t; any additions, like picking up a new skill relevant to your field or attending a recognized conference, will catch the eye of a hiring manager.
Ask For A Second Opinion
Once you have spruced up your resume, send it out to your friends and maybe even a former supervisor. While you may think your work is done, a second, third, or even fourth pair of eyes can do you a world of good. Your friends may catch a typo you may have missed, while a former manager may look at a project you once worked on and outline a set of skills you picked up from that. They might also be able to tell you what’s no longer of importance on your resume, so even if you have a tough time discerning what you can eliminate, they won’t.
Clear Out Your Inbox
Hundreds of emails can build up over the course of a year, leaving your inbox a mess of correspondences that are no longer relevant. Take an hour out of your day (or multiple days, if necessary) to go through the emails that have collected dust over the past several months and delete them. By getting rid of all those emails you’ll ensure that you don’t miss anything new, like an invitation to interview with a hiring manager. It’s necessary to be relentless throughout this process of elimination, but if you have an email you feel the need to hold onto, save it to your archives and go back to it when you need to.
Clean Up Your Social Media
Before you send out your next job application, google yourself and see what comes up. Unless your social media is on the highest of privacy settings, there is a strong probability that several of your personal profiles will come up. With lines between professional and personal personas becoming diluted in this digitized world, companies will comb through social media profiles to ensure that anyone they hire won’t damage their brand or reputation. Similar to clearing out your inbox, dedicate time to deleting anything you believe might damage your chances of being hired for a job.
Stock Up On Stationery
It’s imperative to send out a “Thank You” to your interviewer and, since the appropriate time to do this is 24 hours after the interview, you’ll want to send out a concise but sincere email to the hiring manager quickly. To really make an impression though, also send a more personal note through the mail. Before you begin your job search, shop around for some new stationery, postage stamps, and anything else you may need so you are ready to send out your “Thank You” notes as soon as possible. For a special touch, order monogrammed or otherwise personalized stationery. It will go a long way once a hiring manager opens the envelope and recognizes you took extra time and effort to show your appreciation.