Why being a proactive job seeker is the key to securing your next job

With the new year fast approaching, businesses are ahead into the new year and are thinking of how they can start 2021 with their best foot forward — including what talent they bring to their team.  This presents the perfect opportunity for you as a job seeker, to refine your approach and be proactive so that you can always be steps ahead of your competition.  This will ensure that you find jobs before your competition.

Here are some tips that you can implement to improve the success in your job search and securing your next job in the new year.


The difference between an active and proactive job search

Being an active and proactive job seeker may seem similar at first glance.  As an active job seeker, you are regularly applying for jobs as they present themselves and go for interviews when invited.  Being a proactive job seeker uses this same process with one additional step.  You have specific target companies that you would like to work for, and you would call in to introduce yourself, build your professional network, and establish internal connections at those companies. By doing so, you will be the first hear about any new opportunities before they hit the market.  This process takes time and will aid you throughout your career as your professional networks expands.


Build your online presence

Most companies are on LinkedIn as this is where professionals interact and share industry updates. Use this platform to your advantage and build your profile by expanding on your experience, showcase any accomplishments, encourage past and current colleagues to offer endorsements, and be an active contributor joining industry-related groups, interacting on posts, and sharing relevant content.  This will give you more online presence and exposure to hiring managers.


Focus on relationship building

Networking events are a great way for you to meet new professionals, share thoughts and ideas, and learn more about different companies.  Networking events are no longer only held in-person with many events have been hosted online throughout the pandemic this year.  It is a great opportunity to improve on your networking skills while creating lasting relationships in the industry. By making these connections sooner, you can build your network with internal members of your ideal companies and can boost your chances of landing your next job.


Targeting employers: Learn as much as you can about the employer

If you plan on putting yourself out there and reaching out to specific companies, you must understand their business, industry of work, and be keeping up with important company updates.  This can make you stand out compared to other candidates and shows your eagerness to join them. Make sure that you are not putting all your eggs in one basket and remember to distribute your efforts across multiple companies.  It is not easy and can get tiring after some time, but that is exactly what will get you ahead of your competition.


Moving from being a passive or active job seeker, to a proactive one is something that takes time.  It may be nerve racking to call businesses about job openings, especially if you are new to the industry.  You must continue to refine your approach, build on your networking skills, and approach your job search as a habit rather than a chore.  By doing so, you will find a lot more success and this will benefit you throughout your career.


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