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Refresh Your Job Search for Spring

Posted on April 02, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Tags: job search, career planning

Spring is a great time to start anew. With the birds singing, the plants sprouting and the temperatures rising, it’s the perfect time to refresh your job search.

Christopher Morley says, “April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks, ‘Go.’”  

In 5 Tips to Revitalize Your Job Search for Spring, mbswpress gives these tips:  

Target your search. Don’t apply to everything you’re qualified for. A strong marketer with focused experience in software and technology has a better chance of earning an interview with a software company than a human services organization. Even if there isn’t a posted job opening, send a resume. Many organizations will interview top talent in their industry and create roles for these individuals. Targeting your search to specific companies and industries increases the likelihood of earning an interview with the organizations.

Pay attention to small details. Your resume and cover letter should showcase your strengths as they relate to the job at hand. Certain things in a job description stand out to you and give you reason to believe you’re a good fit for the job. Use those points from the job description as the basis of your resume bullet points, and then add more. Show how you meet the qualifications for the job. Also, explain why you’re a good fit for the company.  

Use your network. Individuals in your network are your eyes and ears! Be the eyes and ears for others in your network when they need it. It’s a give and take relationship, and you have to nurture it even when you aren’t on the job hunt.  

We also urge you to check your presence on MinnesotaWorks.net and social media. Have you updated your resume but forgotten to update your resume on MinnesotaWorks.net? Now’s the time to do it. Also, check your job alert notifications and consider making changes. If you’re expanding your job search, consider creating additional versions of your resume and posting them on MinnesotaWorks.net.  If you post resumes on other job boards, update them.  Review your profiles on social media websites as well.

In addition, we advise you to:

Meet with a career counselor at your local Minnesota WorkForce Center. Sign up to meet one-on-one with a career expert who can give advice specifically for your job search.

Attend career fairs.  There’s a variety of career fairs offered in spring, with most employers hiring for many fields, from entry level to professional. Some career fairs host employers seeking workers in a specific field. 

Join a job club.   Networking is the best way to find a job. At job clubs you’ll network with others, learn new job search techniques, get feedback from others and receive support.

Take a free workshop. Think about areas of your job search that might need improvement. Do you need help with interviewing? Would you like to learn additional ways to make the most of MinnesotaWorks.net?  Minnesota WorkForce Centers offer an array of classes to help you land a good job faster.

Find schedules of career fairs, job clubs, workshops and meeting availability here .

Employers and networking contacts (like most people) are attracted to job seekers who stay positive and optimistic. Some people say that staying positive helps attract great energy to a job hunt and that leads to good job offers. And you have even more reason to be hopeful now.  It’s spring.

 

 

 

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