Sometimes the path to your dream career isn’t about the big moves you’re supposed to make, but rather, is riddled with the little ones. The great thing about small steps is that you have no excuse not to take them – you can always find a moment to work on your job search. Here are a few minor things you can be doing to land your next position:
Create an Email Account Designated for Your Job Search
If you haven’t done so already, consider creating an email address solely for your job search. The first thing you should do is to choose an address that is professional – this will look far better on your resume and when you reach out to employers. Doing so will also allow you to keep all your job search materials in one place, and will prevent your personal emails from posing a distraction.
Review Your Resume
Take a few minutes of down time to scan your resume and make sure that it’s polished and up-to-date. You may not have caught all of the typos when you originally put it together, so pay particular attention to spelling and grammar. Also check that your dates and current contact information are correct. It’s especially helpful to have an outsider review your resume to catch all the small (or big) issues that you might have missed, so ask some friends for feedback or get a professional critique.
Revise Your Facebook Page
Because so many employers are now turning to social networking sites to see what additional information they can dig up about each potential hire, it’s important to put your best foot (or face) forward. Make sure that you have appropriate privacy settings in place, and take down any pictures that you wouldn’t want your next boss to see.
Practice Your 30 Second Interview
It’s important to practice your 30 Second Interview, or elevator speech, when you have a moment. This will ensure that you’re less likely to trip up the next time you’re in a situation where someone takes an interest in your career path.
Take a few moments to find some key contacts that can help you in your career search. Consider your alumni network or find the contact information of someone at a company you wish to work for. Send out a quick email to set up a time to ask for some advice, or simply try to establish rapport by reaching out with a question.
Enroll in a Class
If your dream job requires knowledge or skills that you don’t yet possess, enroll in a class that will bring you up to speed. Once you make that initial commitment to go, you’ll be one step closer to the career you want.
There are a multitude of little things you can do throughout the day that will advance your job search. So when you have some free time, be proactive and do something small that can make a big difference.