The job search can be a lengthy and stressful time in your career, but there are upsides to looking for your next employment opportunity. You get to reevaluate your skills in the current market. You can take a little time to think critically about what you want to do with those skills and who you want to work for. Finding that point where your passion and your abilities intersect is very exciting and builds value for employers as well. But not everyone is a natural job hunter. For those who can always use a little extra support in their job search, here are the top three job search tips for IT and energy professionals from the past year.
1. Look for your next opportunity in a growing industry.
Finding a job is always easier and quicker when you’re looking in the right places. Focus your efforts where they will most likely be rewarded, such as the energy industry in the coming years. Where there is an obvious social need, there are opportunities. Consider your region and think about how your skills can translate to the jobs that are currently available. For example, the nuclear industry offers a wide range of job opportunities from technicians, to engineers, to business administration professionals. Based on where you are located, this could be an excellent opportunity to expand your career into the energy market. Check out this blog from early 2017 to learn more about what opportunities await in the nuclear industry.
2. Make good use of your professional and social networks.
Employers are people too, so remember that your social connections can be the missing link to a successful job search. Think critically about how your professional network and your social network as well can help you find opportunities before they are even made available. A good reference can mean the difference between an easy hire and an overlooked resume. If you are not using professional networking resources like LinkedIn, you are missing out on some critical opportunities. LinkedIn provides job searchers with the chance to look for jobs proactively, without burning bridges, and making connections with future colleagues and manager before you even look at a job description. So, take the time to update your profile and make sure employers like what they see you online before you even submit a resume.
3. Invest in your own success!
If you want to keep improving on the job, you need to make an ongoing investment in your personal and professional growth. Do this by reading, a lot, joining professional organizations, and taking a course every now and then. This helps you to stay relevant in a quickly changing market, where every year newly trained and highly specialized professionals graduate from universities hard pressed to set them up for success. Make sure you are acting similarly to benefit your own career. Stay current on industry news and trends, network with other professionals similarly interested in growing their own careers, and don’t shy away from continued education. Your job search and your career will be much more fruitful because you took the initiative.
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