A new year means new job opportunities! After the holidays, it’s time to momentarily grieve the disappearance of your holiday snacks, dust off the suit, and work on landing an amazing new position. Here are our tips for job hunting in Redding, beginning in 2018.

#1 Update your resume

Everything begins with a single 8.5” x 11” piece of paper. Your resume. Make sure it’s up-to-date and properly representative of your skills. If this is your first job hunt in a while, check out our refresher on creating the best resume you can.

#2 Set up a Linkedin Persona

A Linkedin account is one of the most useful tools you can have for a modern job search. Even if you’ve already set up your account, make sure you’re connected to everyone you know, make sure your profile is filled it to completion, and make sure that all of your pictures and descriptions are enticing to would-be employers.

#3 Contact your Network

You aren’t alone! Chances are someone you know would love to help you find a new job. Once you’ve decided that you’re in full job-seeking mode, it’s time to send out emails to your network and ask for help finding a job.

Of course, you need to ask the right way. Be detailed about your current position, be specific about what you’re looking forward, and be gracious. Send the type of email you wouldn’t mind receiving from an acquaintance.

Lastly, send personalized e-mails. E-mails that are too generic could make your friends and allies in the business world feel disrespected.

#4 Search for jobs online

It’s easier to find and apply for jobs online than ever. Did you notice that Google recently added a “jobs” feature? You can search for jobs the way you search for restaurants, or businesses, or websites. On top of that, there are dozens of websites that curate available jobs – Indeed.com and Monster spring immediately to mind.

If you aren’t finding what you’re looking for there, the Smart Business Resource Center maintains a list of available jobs in Shasta County. Since it is regionally focused, you may find that it has more opportunities listed than other sites.

#5 Interview

Once you’ve found and applied for jobs, it’s time to interview. Whole volumes have been written about interviewing properly. Confidence, honesty, politeness, and insight will serve you well. The goal of the interview isn’t to show off your knowledge and experience, it’s to reveal your character. Your mission is simple: Come across as a good, reliable person.

The Most Important Job Hunting tip

Don’t fall into the doldrums. Even if you miss out on a job you really want, or even if you become busy at your current job, it’s important to keep up the energy. Don’t start cutting corners if the job search goes on too long. Commit to finding the right job for you, pour yourself into that goal, and there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

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