Looking for a new job is a universally challenging process, especially today when thousands of resumes can be sent online in a blink of an eye, and the candidate pool is widening every day. Sometimes your job leads run dry, or you simply lose the motivation to find what you’re looking for. While it may feel like you’ve exhausted all options, it is important to take a step back and consider what can be done to create more opportunities for you. Keep in mind that while you need a job that satisfies many aspects of your life, employers need a valuable and multifaceted employee, so don’t be discouraged when you’re not finding the right job—you just need to expand your horizons!
You’ve polished your resume. You’ve brushed up on the latest trends in your industry. Your cover letter is succinct and tailored for each employer. You’re ready to start the job hunt in earnest. There’s just one problem. When was the last time you talked with your references?
If it’s been a long time since you’ve been in touch with your references, you’ll need to reach out to them before you start putting their names on your application forms. No one likes to be surprised, and if you don’t let your references know you’re looking for work, they might feel unprepared to respond to questions. And that won’t look good for you.
Contacting someone just to ask a favor can be uncomfortable, but following these tips will help you make the best impression.
Before your next employer ever meets you, they’re going to get to know you online. What you say and how you present yourself on social media can make the difference between never getting an interview and getting placed at the top of the candidate pile.