Anything can happen: How to stay prepared for a job search

Anything can happen: How to stay prepared for a job search

Not sure how or why to stay prepared for a job search?

Happy with your current job, and not looking?  You should give it some thought because anything can happen.  To make it easier, here are four important things you need to be doing and how to work them into your busy lifestyle.

1.    You always hear how important it is to keep your CV resume up-to-date.  But it’s not always easy to do, or more so it seems, to find the time to do.  This does require a bit of discipline.  In this day and age of technology and busy lifestyles, I would suggest setting reminders in your cell phone and/or laptop calendars, once a quarter.  When you see that reminder pop up, take 30 minutes to reflect on the past 3 months of work and accomplishments.
2.    While happily employed at your current job, remember to take the opportunities to further your education, training, and certifications; either offered by your company or affiliated entities. These opportunities are excellent CV/resume builders, and can really set you apart from other individuals for your next career move or position, especially in a tight market industry.
3.    Very important and sometimes taken for granted, again with our busy lifestyles, is networking.  Not just making new networking contacts, which is always very important, but continuing to kindle those older network contacts you had made 5-10 years ago. Try to not let years go by before reaching out to an older network contact.  Send an email, make a quick call to these individuals every so often throughout the year. Keeping your network kindled and maintaining a pulse for how people are doing and where they are at, may just open doors for you that you never would have otherwise realized were out there.  One of your older contacts may know of an open position for someone just like yourself.
4.    Health. An overall healthy lifestyle, both mentally and physically, is very important to happiness and stability.  A healthy lifestyle is never too late to start.  You will feel better and more alert.  It will most likely make the 3 previous ways to stay prepared for a job search easier to manage.

Jason Rogers
Business Development/Account Manager
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

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