New Year, New Career? How to Prepare for a Job Change

For most people, the new year brings New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve been considering finding a new job as yours, here are a few ways to make your resolution stick and your job change successful.

Decide What You Want

Are you seeking a new career or a new employer? If the answer is a new career, consider what steps you’ll need to take to make the change such as returning to school, getting specific job training, or updating your résumé to show your transferable skill sets. If you are looking for a new employer, make a list of what you are looking for in make the job change, including commute, pay range, benefits, and work environment.

Clean Up Your Resume

Update dates, skills, employers, trainings, contact information and anything else that has fallen out of date since your last job change. Look at the job descriptions for the positions you are interested in and pattern your experience to match the wording used, especially for programs or specific skills. Oftentimes employers are using tools that scan résumés for certain words, so get them into your résumé by using the buzzwords you see in the descriptions such as “proficient in MS Word,” or “HVAC repair.”

Clean Up Your Social Media

If you aren’t using LinkedIn, consider creating a profile with a job title of “Job Seeker” followed by your desired title or industry. Mark social sites, such as Instagram or Facebook to private so that a web search of your name doesn’t populate personal or sensitive information available to potential employers. Take down any inappropriate content that is found when you search your name.

Get Seen on Job Boards

Register with the Colorado Department of Labor, online job boards, and staffing agencies. Upload your resume where applicable as recruiters often source these in search of specific criteria. Be prepared to spend a significant amount of time completing online applications, even if you upload a résumé. Your job change will be more successful if you maintain a system of daily time committed to your job search.

An employment agency in Denver, such as Colorado Network Staffing, may be an excellent place to start, especially if they offer the specific type of work for which you are looking, as they have more direct relationships with large employers. Because they are paid when they find valuable candidates, they can prescreen you and place you in a way that is an all-around winning scenario.

If you are in search of employment opportunities in Colorado, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your next position. CNS is a leader in staffing, staff augmentation, and contract management by acting as a sole human resource provider for our Denver clients. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide exactly that. Contact Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) at 303-430-1441, and discover why our clients come to us to fill their staffing needs, and get started in your new career faster.

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