If you’re looking for a career change at the start of a new year, it’s a good idea to make some changes to improve your chances of landing that perfect position. Here are a few tips on presenting yourself in the best light:
- Polish your image: In order to make a good impression, you need to look the part. You might want to get a fresh haircut and style, and make sure your nails are clipped and clean. Next, check your professional wardrobe and ensure that your interview attire is clean and pressed. If not, pick up a nice interview suit or two and some additional pieces for networking or attending events.
- Get the proper equipment: For every interview, you should have a nice pen for taking notes, and a portfolio pad with a folder for storing materials. You can find these at any office supply store. You may also need a larger bag or briefcase to carry additional material such as a laptop or sample work.
- Review and update your resume and online profiles: Review your existing resumes and job profiles on job sites such as CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com to ensure that they are accurate and updated. Add any new skills or experience you have acquired since the last update. In addition, make sure that social media sites such as LinkedIn have a professional photo, and complete profiles, complete with recommendations. Remove any information or posts that do not pertain to the positions you seek.
- Develop new skills: Examine your areas of weakness or in need of improvement and work toward gaining new skills in those areas over the next year. Sign up for additional training or participate in an activity that will help you improve in that area or develop a new skill set. Finally, work with a career coach or counselor during your job search for help with things like identifying job opportunities, reviewing your resume, and honing interview skills.