New Year, New Job? Make Sure You’re Prepared for the Job Hunt

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Looking for a job is hard work. To do it effectively, you must have clear goals and objectives and a plan as to how you are going to achieve those objectives, as well has having a time frame established for carrying out your plan.

Ready to get started on your search for real opportunities in the Pacific Northwest? Apply today and find your ideal position with Opti Staffing. Looking for more advice before getting started? Here are steps to take to prepare for your job search.

1. Set goals and determine what you’re looking for.

You cannot set realistic goals unless you are clear about why you are looking for a new job. You may be dissatisfied with your current job, but why are you unhappy? Is it because you want more money, or are you looking for new challenges or are the values and mission of the company diverging from your own?

You also need to clearly define what kind of job you are looking for. This may take a little research. But it will enable you to refine your job search, to pinpoint what and where to look, rather than taking a scattershot approach. This will prevent you from wasting a lot time and effort.

2. Research.

Your next step is determining what jobs are out there. If you know what kind of job you want, you need to research companies to decide where you would like to work. You need to narrow down the field of potential employers, so you can target your search.

Most of your research will be online – looking at company websites, connecting with people through social media and sites like LinkedIn. You can also do some networking of colleagues and informational interviews for information.

3. Get organized.

You need to come up with a plan of action covering how to go about your search. How many hours each day are you going to devote to it? How many companies are you going to research each day. How many resumes will you send out each day? How many phone calls will you make to network?

You need to set goals for all of these things and schedule the time to do them.

4. Take care of yourself.

This aspect of the job search is often neglected. Looking for work is hard and stressful. You will encounter rejection. You need to take care of yourself physically and mentally to maintain your energy and resilience. Make sure to exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and eat right.

Opti Staffing can help you with your job search. We know the employers who are looking for people, and we know how to prepare candidates for the job search. We will work closely with you to learn about not only your skills and background, but also your career goals and values, so we can find the right job for you. At Opti, our success is determined by your success. Contact us today to start the search for your new job for the new year.

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