As summer comes to a close and we head into September, the leaves are falling, the pumpkin spice lattes are steaming, and the students are leaving their summer jobs and heading back to school. And here at Lifetime Networks, our Employment Program has an influx of new job seekers waiting to get started with us on their job search.
Fall can be a peak hiring season for businesses that are leaving behind the carefree summer days and getting back into the swing of things. The hiring managers are back from vacation and the executives are making plans for the coming New Year. And all those students who monopolized the job market all summer long are giving up work hours in exchange for text books.
Now is the time to revamp and renew your job search!
Don’t know where to begin? Check out our fall job searching tips below.
Rewrite your resume
You’ve likely been handing out variations of the same old resume all summer long. Time to switch it up! The resume you’ve been using hasn’t landed you a job yet, so you might as well refresh it. Even if you don’t have any new content to add, you can still switch up the format and presentation. Our blog posts on how to craft an eye-catching resume should get you started.
Refocus your job search
By now you have probably applied to a lot of different jobs. You might be feeling tired, frustrated, or hopeless about your job prospects. It can help to pause and refocus your search. Sometimes you might actually be casting your net too wide. If this is the case, it can be beneficial to focus on specific skills and abilities, and cater your job search to jobs within a certain industry where those skills are in demand. A career counselor can help with this, or an employment specialist with an employment program like we have here at LNV. They can help you identify and focus on your job search goals, increasing your chances of success and helping you to avoid job search burn out.
Refine your goals
What is it you really want out of life? It’s good to take some time to reassess your goals and be sure you are still on the right track to achieving them. Once you’ve identified your short-term and long-term goals, you can examine your job search and identify whether your methods support those goals. Is your goal simply to bring home a pay check as soon as possible? Or are you more interested in developing a career path that will increase your upward mobility? Are you saving up to go back to school, paying off debts, or buying a house? Goals can change, and your current goals could have a strong influence on your current job search. Whatever your goals may be, it is important to have a clear idea of what they are and how you are working towards them.
If you need advice on how to renew your job search this fall, contact us!