5 Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Your Job Chances for Tomorrow

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When you’re in the market for a new job, it may feel frustrating, overwhelming, or even hopeless. But perseverance and patience can be the true secrets to success, so focus on what you can do now to position yourself for future accomplishment.

Sometimes the smallest steps can lead to the job opportunity you’ve been searching for. We’re going to share some tasks to take on if you want to set yourself up as a prime candidate.

5 Easy Ways to Position Yourself for Job Search Success

  1. Create a detailed work history record. You may have a resume, but it’s questionable how many people have a comprehensive work history record that states details of previous employment positions, including exact employment dates (yes, down to the day); official job title (according to employer, not you); employer name and address; direct supervisor’s name, phone number, and email address; and reason for leaving. Having such a record can make it easy to fill out detailed written and online job applications, to answer specific questions during job interviews, and to ensure you have everything you need to pass comprehensive background checks.
  2. Request and scan transcripts, diplomas, licenses, certifications, and military qualifications. Especially in this digital age, an increasing number of employers are moving their employment application processes online. As you’re filling out your online application, you may be required to provide proof of your education, military service, and licenses/certifications. Or you may be required to bring it with you for job interviews or after being hired. You should have both physical and digital copies (typically PDFs are best) to use as required.
  3. Create a LinkedIn profile and fill it out completely. Even if you have a resumé, a LinkedIn profile gives you an online presence and should contain slightly different information. Not only is LinkedIn a great place to be discovered, it’s also an ideal online spot to network with others in your field. Make sure to thoroughly fill out your profile, including adding a headshot photo (amateur is fine if clear and business-appropriate), skills, keywords related to your line of work, and volunteer experience. Take advantage of LinkedIn’s multi-media capabilities by sharing your online work in various digital formats. Once you fill out your LinkedIn profile, you will see what a nice complement it is to your resumé. Make sure to share it with potential employers whenever possible.
  4. Pull a credit report and dispute any incorrect information. Some employers may pull a credit history as part of their pre-employment background check. Prevent surprises or misunderstandings by viewing ahead of time what they will see. Every person is entitled to a free credit report annually from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus. Credit history errors do occur, so obtain a copy of your report and review it in detail to ensure that all information is correct. Look for accounts that are not yours, inaccurate balances, or past due balances that have previously been paid. If you see something on your report that is incorrect or outdated, contact the credit reporting company to dispute it and get it resolved. You may want to do the same with your motor vehicle report and any other records which may be reviewed as part of a background check.
  5. Create a list of potential references and get in touch with them. References can make or break you when it comes to getting hired. Since you may be required to provide references as soon as when you apply for a job, you should come up with a list of potential candidates. Different employers ask for different reference types (some prefer professional, while others like personal or character references), so think of options for each: supervisor, co-worker, friend, professor, mentor, religious leader, volunteer coordinator, etc. Once you have a list of potential references, make sure you have their contact information (address, phone number(s), and email address), official job title, and your association to each one. Then touch base with each contact, letting them know about your job search and asking for their permission to use them as a reference. You can also take this time to review and update their contact information.

By taking these steps, you will be well-prepared to apply and interview for job opportunities. Particularly when you look at the competitive nature of the job market, you want to ensure that you have everything in place to avoid delays or disqualifications.

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