If you’ve pledged to make 2019 the year to find a new job, here’s some good news: It’s a job seeker’s market.
There’s nearly one job opening for each unemployed person, according to the latest government data.
“It’s a super hot job market, so take advantage of it,” said Marc Cenedella, founder of job search website Ladders. “Employers are hurting for talent.”
But job hunting can still be daunting, especially if you’ve been in your current job for several years.
“If you’ve been with a company for an extensive amount of time, one of the hardest things to do is leverage yourself to effectively market yourself for the next role,” said Wendi Weiner, an attorney and career expert.
Identify your specialty
The first step is figuring out what you want to do.
And you need to get specific. Take the time to evaluate the pros and cons of your current employer and position, and what you want for your future. Identify your professional strengths, areas of expertise and the unique skills you can bring to a potential employer.
“You aren’t going to get the best response from the market if you have a wide variety of different jobs you can do,” said Cenedella.
Update your resume
Now that you’ve identified your areas of expertise, it’s time to promote them in your resume.
When you do start submitting resumes, make sure each one is tailored for that specific job.
Having a strong professional summary near the top of your resume helps give employers a quick snapshot of what you can bring to the table.
If you’ve been in the workforce for a few decades, you don’t have to list all your previous jobs. Curate your history to fit the position you’re applying for.
“The idea is to look at your career experience, and have a chronology of your work history from a ‘what’s relevant to my skill set’ standpoint in your professional career trajectory,” said Weiner. Your resume shouldn’t be a laundry list of job responsibilities and functions, she added.