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“How do I begin a job search these days?”

That’s the text a friend just sent me. As a recruiter, it seemed the opposite of my recruiting world where the job finds you. (See yesterday’s blog for getting your resume interview ready.) What next? Here are a few quick tips to turn this mountain into a molehill.

  • Make a list of what you want and don’t want out of your next position and keep this on the front of your job search notebook and refer to it regularly.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile with your current job, an appropriate photograph, your contact info. Accept all LinkedIn or networking invitations that make sense in your field or adjacent to your field– peers, recruiters, similar brands, etc. Remember to check your privacy settings!
  • Seek membership in LinkedIn groups for your field, your company alumni, your college alumni, etc. Connections beget connections.
  • Spread the word! Tell friends, peers, recruiters in your field, etc. what you are looking for. Your neighbor’s boss’s spouse may have just mentioned he needs someone just like you on his team.

-Michelle Catucci

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