Revamp your resume & portfolio
Before you start applying to jobs you want to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward. It’s time to dust off your resume, portfolio, cover letter and any other relevant work examples. You’ll want to make sure your resume details your most recent work experience including specific examples of measurable success where applicable. You’ll want to tailor your resume to each job for which your applying, utilizing keywords and critical skills outlined in the job description. If you have a portfolio, make sure it showcases your most relevant work and is easy to navigate. You only get one chance to impress a hiring manager and suddenly there’s even more competition for open roles.
Network like it’s your job
It’s not enough to add connections on LinkedIn or join meetup groups and call it a day. Start a meaningful and useful conversation with a former colleague or alumni from your school. Find relevant, timely ways to connect with people – forward a recent article you read or information about a trend you’ve noticed in your industry. If you take the initiative to develop deeper connections within your network, you’ll find that uncovering open jobs will happen more naturally.
Job hunting is not one size fits all. If you find yourself entering "jobs near me" into search engines and coming up empty over and over again, it's time you customize your job search to find the right position. In addition to preparing your resume, you'll want to make sure the job is a good fit for you, determine how you're going to get the hiring manager's attention, and make sure you are well prepared for interview questions. Our experts at 24 Seven, the leading creative recruitment agency, are sharing their tips in our Guide to Finding Your Dream Job.
A great way to keep yourself motivated while you look for your next job is to build upon your skillset. There are so many free classes available online, whether you’re trying to grow your career in digital marketing, design or UX, there’s a course out there for you. Adding to your skillset with help keep you focused while also adding to your resume and elevating your personal brand. We also recommend signing up for webinars to learn what trends are emerging in your industry and potentially make new connections in your field.
Take care of you
Searching for a new job can feel like a full-time job in and of itself, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. While staying dedicated and focused in your job search, don’t forget to make your own mental health a top priority. Set aside time to be screen free - take a walk, meditate, read a book, or do yoga. Whatever it may be, making time for yourself will help keep you balanced and at ease while looking for your next role. If the state of the world is stressing you out, you are not alone! Searching for a job and staying positive while doing so can feel overwhelming, but it’s doable. Know that the search will take time and be kind to yourself throughout the process.
At 24 Seven we work with a variety of brands and agencies, from start-ups and small shops to Fortune 500 companies. While hiring may have slowed for some industries, others are seeing a boost in business with companies are still looking to add to their talent bench. Where we’re seeing demand is across Digital Marketing, Creative and Technology, including but not limited to, Social Media Managers, UX/UI Designers, Email Marketing Managers, Project Managers, Graphic Designers, SEO/SEM Specialists, Ecommerce Managers, Content Creators, Customer Acquisition Managers, CRM Managers, Front End Web Developers and Digital Marketing Directors.
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