1. Tidy up and develop your Linkedin profile
If you don’t already have a presence on Linkedin, now’s the time to start! If you simply have a really basic profile with few connections then it’s important to think about ways in which you can develop your profile to rank highly in searches made by recruiting teams and search specialists for the best jobs.
Linkedin is by far and away the largest corporate networking site and through establishing a strong presence on this platform, it’ll work for you whilst you’re dedicating your time towards other things.
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2. Meet recruitment and search specialists
If you’re a manager or executive level candidate, you may already have experience of briefing recruitment companies who specialize within your industry vertical. On the other hand, if you haven’t yet really dealt with any specialist recruitment or search firms, don’t worry… we’ve written an article to help you identify the best recruiters in your space –click here for the article.
By investing some time in establishing some solid relationships with credible recruitment consultants, you increase your chances of hearing about the best roles that may not even be advertised. A recruitment consultant can coach you around developing your resume, the state of the current market, and what opportunities are coming up within their portfolio of clients.
3. Update your resume every six months
The longer the period between resume updates, the more difficult it becomes to recall key projects, the entire scope of your responsibilities and other potentially important factors. Try to spend some time every 6 months to update and refine your resume as this will make things much easier if you’re briefed on an exciting role and find yourself in the position of needing to submit an updated resume.
4. Keep in touch with ex work colleagues and managers
Keeping in touch with old work colleagues who have moved on to new pastures is a great way of hearing about what exciting things may be happening outside of your current organization. These same colleagues may have been through the process of establishing the best recruitment companies in your space and could provide some valuable insight for you to focus on the right areas.
In addition to hearing about potential career opportunities, maintaining correct contact information for your previous managers is important in case you require them to act as a referee on your behalf.
5. Industry bodies and associations
Joining the peak industry body for your profession is a good way of gaining access to invaluable networking opportunities with people passionate about your vertical. Most industry bodies have a member base from the graduate level right the way through to executive level individuals. The events and publications put together by peak body groups are a great way of staying up to date on the latest industry trends, hot topics and keeping abreast of key opinion leaders within the profession. The networking opportunities on offer could be a valuable source of referrals or insights into new jobs that may not even be advertised.
Follow this advice and you’ll be well on your way to establishing a really strong network that will provide invaluable support for years to come!