Chances are good that we’re all going to have a lot of jobs over the span of our lives. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statics found that America’s youngest baby boomers averaged over 11 jobs from ages 18 to 50. Twenty-seven percent held more than 15 jobs during that time. That’s a lot of reinventing and resumes, and with the internet at our fingertips, our quest for new employment looks a little different than it did for our parents. In our modern world, instead of drive all over town dropping off resumes, we can do it online, so stop stressing the small stuff and work out the details.
Build a resume and use a friend as a proofreader to spot typos. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by writing your history, use one of Microsoft’s six pages of free templates to get you started. Don’t be shy about stating your special skills, but make sure you customize descriptions to the job you’re seeking. Keep your resume brief. Use your cover letter to make any prospective employer jazzed about hiring you by saying why you’re the best candidate for the job, rather than rehashing your resume.
Take advantage of job search websites. ZipRecruiter and Indeed are free services that help you find the job openings best suited for you and alert you when new opportunities in your desired field are posted. They have online resume builders or you can upload your own existing resume, and you can apply to the listed jobs with one click once you’re all set up. They both have apps you can download to your device or you can use their web pages.
If you’re ready to look for employment within your state government, go to your state’s job opportunities website and set up a profile. Each one is different, but many times you can search jobs, apply, and upload a resume. For example, Kentucky, Ohio, and Georgia all have their own pages.
If you’re not trying to reinvent yourself but want to move up in the company you’re currently at, there are still ways to refresh your brand and stay relevant. Give your resume a boost and don’t turn in the one you handed in to originally get the job. Use your cover letter as an opportunity to remind your employers what an asset you are. Mention some new responsibilities or projects you’re excited to take on in your new role.
Once you get past the initial search phase and start to schedule interviews, make sure you keep a record of them, especially if you applied to multiple places. This way, you know when to follow up and when you should hear back. Career Contessa firmly believes in the post interview thank you note and keeping track of your interviews can be helpful in knowing when to send one.
Looking for a job can be a job in itself – just take a deep breath and appreciate how much less time-consuming it can be now that you have the world wide web at your disposal.