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7 steps to easily get a better job

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Nobody likes dragging themselves to work in the morning while imagining a better career, yet that’s exactly what millions of people do on a regular basis. You have a job and it gives you enough money to pay your bills and live comfortably, so why should you take the risk of looking for another one? Well, for starters – chances are you could be making a lot more money than you are right now. Also, you could be doing something that you’re passionate about, or at least enjoy doing.

Ready to start looking for a new job? Whether you’re a recent graduate who is only just launching her career or whether you’re considering a transition to another company, there are a handful of steps that will make the process of finding a job much easier. Here are seven important steps that could help you land your next big job!

1. Determine your goals

Before you search the internet for opportunities, start applying for jobs, or put in your two weeks’ notice at your current job, you first need to develop a clear picture of the type of opportunity you want to pursue.

What’s missing from your current job that you wish to see at another company? What kind of company culture are you looking to join? What position do you want to fill? What do you expect in terms of compensation and benefits? Are career advancement opportunities important to you?

Answering these questions will help you narrow your search and bring a sense of focus and clarity to the job-hunting process.

2. Create a LinkedIn profile

Prior to starting your job search, take some time to either create a LinkedIn profile or improve your current one.

LinkedIn is more than just another run-of-the-mill social media network. Today, the platform is known as one of the best vehicles for forming relationships with recruiters and potential employers—connections that could come in handy when looking for your next career opportunity.

It’s estimated that roughly 77% of recruiters use LinkedIn, making it the most-used channel for recruitment efforts by a significant margin. By keeping your LinkedIn profile current, you’ll be fully prepared for whenever an opportunity comes knocking!

3. Double-check your social media accounts

Your online presence has the ability to either make or break a new job opportunity. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before scheduling them for interviews.

Enter your own name into an online search and ensure that there is nothing that might cause an employer to eliminate you from their list of candidates.

3. Update your resume

The reality is that every potential employer or recruiter is going to ask for your resume before considering you for a position or scheduling an interview.

For this reason, it’s good practice to update your resume early on in the job search process. Once you start applying for positions, you’re going to find that having an updated resume on hand is essential.

Don’t be afraid to spruce up its design, add recent job experience, list new certifications and skills, and update your references.

4. Check out the top job boards

Now that you’re organized and have updated your LinkedIn profile and resume, you’re ready to start your search for new jobs.

There are hundreds of different job boards and career websites floating around online. Some of the options where job seekers have the most success include the following:

· LinkedIn

· Indeed

· ZipRecruiter

· Glassdoor

· CareerBuilder

· Job.com

· Monster

· … and more!

Additionally, there are multiple job boards that are designed specifically for women who are seeking new employment opportunities. Be sure to check out the following job boards during your search:

· Career Contessa

· Where Women Work

· Women for Hire

· Women Who Code

· Women’s Job List

· Society of Women Engineers

5. Apply for jobs

Once you have identified a few options you’d like to pursue, submit an application to each employer. Remember that every application should be accompanied by a cover letter and resume.

It’s also important that you personalize your cover letter for the company you’re applying to, as this indicates to the employer that you have taken the time to properly research the business and the position.

6. Prepare for interviews

If you are asked to schedule an interview, it’s likely that you have been shortlisted for the position. To gain an advantage over the competition, it’s critical that you arrive prepared.

Of course, the hiring manager is likely to ask you some common interview questions. Prepare answers to these questions in advance and be confident when responding to them.

It’s also wise to prepare a few questions of your own. Doing so will not only give you a better understanding of the business but it will also demonstrate to the hiring manager that you’re interested in finding the right fit for you.

7. Accept a job offer

After nailing a job interview, you may receive a job offer from an employer—typically within a few days after your interview. Congratulations!

Carefully read the terms, conditions, compensation, and other details listed on the job offer sheet before finalizing your decision and informing both your current employer and your new employer.

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