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Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016
What do you need to do before you start applying to jobs?
I think it’s important to start with some reflection and prioritizing. What do you need from a job? And don’t think that you’ll take anything that comes along – there are always dealbreakers, whether that’s compensation, hours or types of tasks.
Define your target job
Are you looking for a growth opportunity? Location? Salary increase? Staff management? Experience a different industry? Lay out your target for this next step in your career and focus your job search in these areas.
Write a list of top companies where you want to work
Think about competitors in the industry who would be interested in your resume. Is there a company new to the area or starting a new division which may be hiring? Consider companies due to their location, brand, culture or simply because you’ve heard great things about the work they’re doing.
Do your research
What are employers looking for? What skills do you have that are in high demand? Look at the local job market and see who’s new, who’s expanding, who’s moving. There are going to be opportunities, but you need to keep up with changes in your local market.
This is also an opportunity to upskill. If you don’t have something that would be considered non-negotiable – such as a specific qualification or experience – figure out how to get it. Even if you don’t complete it before you start applying, it shows initiative, ambition and drive, which will stand out to an employer.
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