How to stay aware of career opportunities?



 

Nowadays, the Internet and social networks make it easy to manage a career and to stay aware of potential career opportunities.Just because you are currently employed does not mean that you might not want to change company or get a new role with new opportunities in a few months or years. In order to better prepare your job search and to increase your chances of getting a new job, a few things can be done beforehand.

1. Keeping your online profiles up to date and accurate

 

Most people do not think of keeping their professional profiles up to date when they have a job. It is still very important to stay active on social networks and to make sure the information you communicate is relevant. This implies checking your profile from time to time and adding any promotion you have had and any new tasks or responsibilities you have started to handle. We also recommend you to write some lines about your company to give a bit of context and to describe your role in a few bullet points. If a recruiter checks your profile on LinkedIn, Viadeo or Xing, what’s written about you will be crucial in his decision to contact you or not. Let’s imagine that someone is looking for a marketing professional with HTML knowledge and that it is not mentioned on your profile that you’ve started to create your company’s new website and therefore had to develop your HTML skills. The company might not call you, thinking you don’t fit the profile when you actually do. Keeping your profile up to date will take less than 5 minutes and will enable you to stay visible and interesting in the eyes of the recruiters. This is called passive job search and it might get you a job without even you having to look for one.

 

2. Building and strengthening your network

 

Networking is essential and can open the door to new career opportunities. Some of us neglect it thinking it takes too much time and isn’t worth it. However, if it’s optimised and built toward precise objectives, it can be very efficient.

Stay in touch with previous classmates and colleagues. Connect with them on social networks so that you can stay aware of what they do and where they work. Do not hesitate to congratulate them on their new job or to like their updates. This is a good way to keep in touch and to maintain a good relationship. They might be able to tell you about open roles they heard about, put you in touch with people they know or to give you advice on your job search.

Try to get involved in a few online discussion groups. Pick the ones whose topics match your hobbies, centres of interest or your job. Speak prudently and always try to say something to further the topic. Always keep in mind that potential employers can see what you say so you have to stay professional and respectful at all times. If you write articles, speak at conferences or are being interviewed, it can be a good idea to share it in your groups and to ask the members what they think of it and if they have new ideas to bring to the discussion. This will highlight your knowledge, increase your notoriety and make you a more valuable member.

Participate in professional networking events. There are usually organised after work and are quite informal. This is the perfect occasion to let your hair down after a working day and to meet new people. Participants often have a good time and leave with business cards that can be of use in their career management. The casual nature of the event enables you to get to know people better than at a business meeting and to build stronger relationships.

3. Sharing your expertise

 

Whether you are a website or magazine contributor, speaker at events, member of an association or a creative person who designs professional tools, do not hesitate to talk about it. You can share it on the Internet via social networks, your blog or your personal website but also mention it to people around you. This will broaden your audience and give people a better understanding of what you do. Later on, someone who hears about an opportunity can recommend you to an employer or a recruiter can contact you thanks to something you posted online and that drew his attention.

 

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