With more jobs available than ever before, it’s a great time to take the next step in your career. But, the rules of the game haven’t changed. A job search still requires a lot of work, and being prepared ahead of time will put you one step closer to your next position. So, here are three essentials for your 2022 job search that you can get started on today!
Established career goals
It is projected that there will be a significant number of job opportunities in 2022. And with so many to choose from, you may feel like the world is your oyster. However, before you plaster your resume everywhere, you need to focus your job search. Make a list of priorities for your career. When it comes to your next step, what’s most important? Consider job duties, work-life balance, salary, benefits, management style, mission and values, and more. Then, only submit applications to positions and companies that align with your career vision and goals.
An Updated Resume
This may seem obvious, but you need to update your resume. Be sure to include any accomplishments you added in 2021, including certifications, online classes, or major projects. Don’t forget to include volunteer opportunities, skills added, and a link to your updated LinkedIn profile or portfolio.
In today’s job market, employers are moving fast to hire candidates they like. That being said, you should have at least three strong references locked and loaded before you even start applying. Make sure these references are people you have worked with who can attest to your work ethic and dedication. Let them know you will be listing them as references and the types of positions you are applying for. If there are any key traits or projects you want them to attest to, let them know! The more prepared your references are, the better recommendation they can give.
2022 will be a great year to search for a new position. But, the ultimate success of your 2022 job search will be dependent on how prepared you are—looking for more job search advice? Explore our candidate resources here.