Let’s say you received one of the top 10 best Christmas presents of all: A new job.
So now it’s time to relax, drink some eggnog, get a little fat with holiday pounds and just “enjoy” this new life of yours correct?
Sure! But don’t forget to start looking for your next job.
It’s far too easy to get a bit lazy when you have a job to forget about looking for your next opportunity. Until it’s too late and you need one. If you’ve looked for work while unemployed, you know that it’s far more difficult to find a new job when you’re not working, so be sure you never allow yourself to be in that situation again – make sure that the next time you get a new job you’ll be leaving your current one.
Here’s how to keep looking for your next job once you’ve just started your new one:
- Always keep your resume updated. As soon as you learn a new skill, exceed goals, get a new certification or degree, update your resume. In fact, you should add your new position to your resume within days of starting your new job.
- Once you’ve updated your resume, load that update to online resume databases. You don’t need to do this right away; you can wait about six months into your new position. You always want to be aware of and searching for new opportunities.
- Remember to update your profiles online, especially your LinkedIn profile. Not only should you update your profile to reflect your new position but, just as you do with your resume, you should update your profile to reflect new skills, certifications, etc.
- As you receive “atta boys” from your employer, colleagues, clients, etc. be sure to save them. Keep notes of praise. Cards of thanks. Media mentions. All of these will help you remember your successes – and substantiate them when you need to talk about your accomplishments with a potential employer.
- Keep networking. Continue adding value to online forums within your profession. Keep going to in-person meetings, conferences and networking events. Keep volunteering for professional groups in some manner.
If a recruiter such as one at RealStreet Staffing helped you find your current position, keep in touch with that recruiter. We’re always finding terrific opportunities for construction, architecture and engineering professionals and we’d love to discuss them with you. Contact us today.