4 Tips for Starting Your Job Search this Fall

September is a great time to start a new routine. It’s a month that feels important for most of us. Kids are going back to school, football is back, and a new season is upon us. Besides the New Year, there isn’t a better time for new beginnings. So why not use this natural time for change to kick start your job search? In fact, recruiting and hiring that may have slowed down during the summer often picks back up as companies realize how much money they have left in their budgets for Q4.

If you’re ready to begin your job search, remember these 4 things.

  1. Rework your resume.
  2. If it has been awhile since you’ve looked for a new job, chances are your resume needs some attention. Resume formats have changed over the years, and what was once in style might not be the case anymore. Regardless of what your resume looks like, you will still want to customize it for each position you are applying to.

  3. Network, network, network.
  4. The saying “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know” still reins true today. When you are looking for a new job, tell everyone you know. After all, you never know whose brother or cousin may be looking to hire.

  5. Manage your online reputation.
  6. Social media can be a great thing, but it can also be harmful when it comes to your job search. Potential employers don’t need to see every last photo you post of your pets and kids, or your opinions on pop culture and politics. It’s best to make all of your social media pages private during your job search.

  7. Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint.
  8. Starting a job search is a process that involves a lot of time and energy. While some people may get hired immediately after beginning their search, it can take some time for others. If you are looking in a small job market or within a specific industry, your options may be fewer. But that doesn’t mean that you should give up. With the economy improving every month, it truly is a candidate market these days. Just be prepared to put in the work to find that perfect new position.

If you are serious about getting a new job before the end of the year, keep an eye on the calendar. While it may seem like you have a lot of time, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. With the arrival of the holiday season comes a slowdown in hiring as key decision makers are out of the office.

For more advice on starting your job search, check out some of our other blog posts on searching for a new job.