Is it time to refresh your job search process? Just as the job market evolves, so should the way you find new career opportunities. Whether you’ve recently been searching for a new position, or have been employed for a while and plan to start looking soon, it never hurts to take a look at your job search strategy to make sure it operates like a well-oiled machine. Here’s how.
To maximize your search time, make sure all steps of your process are as effective as they should be. Consider the following:
- Review your career plan. If you know exactly what you want, you’re more likely to find it. That’s because your job search and resume will be focused on your specific career endeavors. Perhaps you know you want a new position, but you’re not sure just what it is. This can hurt your job search, because you may find yourself applying for a variety of different positions within your field. By taking time to look within yourself and decide what really motivates you, you’ll have a much easier time finding a new job to fulfill your career plan.
- Go over your resume with a fine-tooth comb. If you’ve been adding new skills and talents to your resume, little by little—that’s good. However, review the document in its entirety to be sure it makes sense as a whole. Are there portions you no longer need to include, or is there anything else you might want to add? Also, as you make revisions, review your resume for grammar and typos—and ask a friend, family member or colleague for a second (or third) set of eyes. Make sure your resume is targeted toward each individual position to which you apply, rather than a generic catch-all. Keep your “review team” on speed dial during your job search process—you may need their help more than once!
- Post in the right places. If you’re looking for a specific job, it will help your mission to post your resume to a niche job board rather than a widely traveled site, such as monster.com. By joining professional associations within your industry, you can take advantage of their career services, posting your resume to their job boards—and helping your resume catch the attention of a much narrower market.
- Partner up. Do you have a partner to help you in your search? Working with a staffing agency can greatly increase your chances of finding an exciting new job. Recruiters have contacts throughout the industry and can recommend you for positions you’re best suited for.
- Brush up on your interview skills. If you’re being called back for second interviews but not getting job offers, you may want to improve your interview skills. Read up on the position and the company, and come prepared with a few good questions. With preparation, you’ll be able to improve your confidence, which can also help. And you can always work with your recruiter to polish your interview skills, as well.
When you’re ready, contact KTE Services
If you’re looking for an experienced healthcare recruiter, KTE Services can help. We work with qualified anesthesiologists, pain management physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to find job opportunities across the country. To learn more, visit our job search page or contact KTE Services today.