Holiday job search to-do list: 8 things you should do before January to land the job you want
Now is the perfect time to reevaluate yourself as a job canididate for 2018. You likely have a few days off in the coming weeks because of the holidays, and you're probably naturally looking back on the year you've had and thinking about what's to come. Here are the most important things you should be doing between now and the beginning of the New Year to optimize your professional profile and ready yourself for the 2018 job market.
1. Register on Hcareers: Sign up to search and apply for the latest hospitality jobs. Follow your favorite employers, and search jobs from around the world. Make it a point to check the site daily, because now is the time many employers start adding new jobs for 2018.
2. Update your resume: This should be at the opt of your list of priorities. Make sure your resume is perfect shape, and be sure to update it with any new experiences, accomplishments, skills, certificates, or roles you added in 2017.
3. Set up job alerts: Make sure you don't miss out on any good opportunities in 2018 by setting up automatic job alerts on Hcareers. You'll be sure to learn about the positions you're interested in on days you might not be able to check the site.
4. Reflect on 2017: Take a pause to think about the year you've just had. What are some of the most important take-aways for you professionally (or even personally)? What were your biggest accomplishments of the year? What were your challenges, and how did you solve them? What do you want to do differently in 2018? Being this self-aware and self-reflective will also help you answer these types of questions when you get into the job intervew.
5. Write down your 2018 goals: Now that you've looked behind you to see what you can learn from the past year, use that experience to think ahead about what you want to accomplish in 2018. The physical act of writing down your goals and visualizign them is a powerful psychological and professional tool. Think about setting goals that are both short-term and more attainable or realistic, but also allow yourself to envision those larger long-term goals that might seem a little harder to reach from where you are now in your career path. They'll give you the motivation and direction you need to decide what you can do now to acheive those bigger career goals.
6. Clean up your social media profiles: This is a big one. Your social media persona can make or break you on the job market, so make sure that all of your accounts (yes, even the ones that are private) are presentable to potential employers and give off the impression you want.
7. Reach out to people: Did you happen to meet anyone in 2017 who might be a good career resource? Think back to all the connections you made, online and in person, and reach out to a few key people with a nice note asking to get a quick cup of coffee or to connect on social. Use these connections to network, find out about career opportunities or industry insights or career pathing advice. Be open about your professional goals and honest about the guidance or resources you're looking for.
8. Revisit the cover letter: While you want to present a unique cover letter to each job you apply for, one that's tailored to the actual position, it's wise to have a general, standardized cover letter (a kind of baseline document or template) that you can work off of and tweak for each position. This is a huge time-saver when you're on the job market because you won't have to start from scratch with a new cover letter for each position.