Summer is coming to an end, the days are getting shorter, and there is a nip in the air that reminds us that fall isn’t far away. If you are planning on looking for a new job in the coming months, we want to help get you prepared. So, today, let’s discuss some job search tips for fall.

Update your job search tools

We recommend you update your LinkedIn profile regularly and re-visit your resume yearly to ensure it includes all relevant information. But, if you are planning on a job search for fall, you want to make sure your resume is up to date. This should include your most recent skills, experiences, and achievements. If you haven’t looked at your resume in several years, it is well overdue for a revamp. Our team can help ensure your resume is ready to impress!

Potential employers are going to find you on LinkedIn, so you want to stand out from the competition with a well-polished profile. Be sure to include the most recent information, a professional profile picture, and ask your network to endorse your skills.

Set your goals

Setting specific goals for your job search will make the process much easier and help you stay focused and motivated. Since looking for a job can have many moving parts, staying organized and understanding what you want at the end of the journey, will make for a much more seamless process. For example, you might want to set a goal for how many applications you plan to submit each week, or who you want to reach out to in your network.

Attend events

One of the best ways to connect with like-minded professionals is to attend networking events related to your industry. These can be in person and virtual, and both offer the opportunity to meet new people, make your name known, and seek out potential job openings you may not have otherwise known about.

Research what events are happening around your area, and virtual events that interest you. You can find upcoming local events through websites like Eventbrite or Meetup.

Avoid being generic

One of the biggest mistakes job seekers can make is submitting generic resumes and applications. It is vital to tailor these to each job. Since each job posting will include different keywords, skills, and requirements, you want to ensure your resume caters to that position, and includes language and specific words that will pass the Applicant Tracking System. Be sure to highlight your skills and expertise that relate directly to the job description, which will effectively showcase that you are the ideal candidate for the role.

Remember soft skills

Employers value soft skills so don’t forget their impact on a resume! Soft skills may include communication, teamwork, adaptability, or problem solving. However, remember that simply stating these skills won’t do the trick. You must be specific in how you have successfully used that skill by using examples. Showing how you have demonstrated these skills successfully can help set you apart from other potential candidates.

Be interview ready

As you apply for positions, it is good practice to hone your interview skills. You can do this by readying answers to common interview questions, while also preparing to discuss in detail your experiences and achievements during the interview. One of the best ways to prepare for a job interview is to conduct a mock interview with a friend or family member. This step helps build your confidence and gives you the opportunity to edit or refine your responses accordingly.

A new season often means new beginnings. If you are ready to start a new journey, our team is here to help! Contact us today, and let’s ensure your resume is ready to tackle the upcoming fall season.