An earthquake (small shaker) that wakes you up at 2am. A deluge of rain in 24 hours after months of draught. All part of life in the Bay Area and, although we never know Mother Nature’s plan, it never hurts to be prepared. (Earthquake kit? Decent umbrella and sturdy shoes?)
Preparation is also a smart move when it comes to your job search. If you’ve had a chance to write or update your resume and put together a solid cover letter, you’re well on your way. Below are 3 more tips to help you stay prepared.
1-Reread your resume and cover letter. Make sure your resume is easy to read with plenty of white space and simple formatting. Proofread it. Then proofread it again. If this isn’t your strong suit, ask a friend to help you. Do the same with your cover letter. Having an updated resume and basic cover letter (one that you can customize) is a good idea, even when you’re not actively looking for a job. Keep a hard copy on hand for any unexpected opportunities.
2-Create, update, or complete your profile on LinkedIn. To increase your ranking in search results, use relevant keywords, get recommendations, and join groups. Update your Summary so that it highlights your best experience. Also, take a look at your picture and make sure it’s showing you in your best light. Use a photo where you are dressed appropriately (as if you’re going to an interview) and one that reflects what you want to project about yourself.
3-Upload or update your resume on other job search sites such as CareerBuilder and Indeed. Make sure all necessary information is up to date and accurate. And on all job search and social media sites make sure the language you use is appropriate and professional. Wherever recruiters look for you on line, they should find a polished professional who looks and sounds confident and experienced. Someone they’d want on their team.
Whether it’s the next job or the next storm, don’t wait until the last minute to get your “prep kit” assembled. It’s a lot easier to organize your tools when there is no urgency; when you are relaxed and clear-headed and the weather is fine.