As we move into the New Year, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your job search strategy and how you can make sure that your resume stands out in a crowded field of applicants.  Whether you are looking for a new opportunity or are seeking to move up within your current company, we have some professional tips that will help you get ahead of the competition. Read on for breakthrough job search advice and strategies for success in 2023.

Research Your Industry & Craft Your Story

In order to be successful in any job search, you must have an understanding of the industry you are entering and how your story can position you as a leader. To do this, it’s important to research trends within the industry and incorporate them into your resume and cover letter. You should also highlight any relevant experience from prior jobs that will set you apart from other applicants. Doing so will show potential employers that you have a deep knowledge base and relevant skill set for their role.

Network Widely

Networking is essential for any successful job search – even more so if you want to find your next mid- or senior-manager role quickly. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people in your industry who could become mentors, offer advice, or even provide references when needed.

You never know who might be able to help you land your dream job—more often than not it is connections of connections that help the most. That’s why it’s important to cast a wide net when networking, connecting with people from all different backgrounds and industries. Not only does this give you more chances at finding helpful connections, but it also broadens your horizons and allows you to learn more about different fields and career paths.

Utilize Technology

There are plenty of digital tools available today that can make searching for jobs easier and more efficient than ever before. From online networking platforms such as LinkedIn to job search apps like  Glassdoor, there are many resources out there that can help streamline your job hunt and maximize your results.                                                          

Update Your Resume the Right Way

A modern resume is more than just a list of titles, dates and responsibilities. The best way to stand out among other candidates is by aligning your skills, experience, and qualifications with your next employer’s needs.

  • Start by reviewing job descriptions and postings for the type of role you are targeting.
  • Prove your value by showcasing how your skills and experience have delivered results for your past employers. Using quantifiable achievements as bullet points is always a great way to do this!
  • Ditch the objective statement and open with a powerful summary statement that provides the reader with a brief overview of your value offer.
  • Write with clarity, maintaining focus on your value offer.

Your resume should always be up-to-date, so take some time this year to make sure all of your information is current, relevant, and free of typos and errors and keep track of your job search so you know who you should follow up with, record notes about the interview, and who you’ve sent thank you notes to.

Whether you are in mid-management or the c-suite, you should take advantage of these strategies for job search success in 2023! Networking widely ensures that all bases are covered when looking for new opportunities; aligning your skills and qualifications with your target role when updating your resume will help you stand out from other candidates.

Use the start of the new year as an opportunity to begin (or continue!) refining and updating your job search strategy! From researching trends in the industry and crafting an eye-catching story on why companies should hire YOU, to networking with professionals within the field and showcasing yourself as an asset – these breakthrough tips are surefire ways you can maximize success!

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