The Halloween season brings about lots of change: the leaves on the trees, the cooler weather, and literally even the clothes you wear as you attend parties and Trick-or-Treat nights. It also brings about change in job seekers as the fourth quarter is a time to reflect upon your career.
If you fit into the category of a passive job seeker, there may be some things holding you back. Maybe you are averse to change, but if you are unhappy with your current job, don’t let fear hold you back.
Here are FOUR steps to help you face those fears and get setup for success as you potentially take on a job search to close out 2017:
1. Update all social media postings and profiles.
This continues to be one of the first places that employers will look for some background information on a candidate. If you have some old posts from Halloween's past that are inappropriate, it may be time to bring those down. Or if your LinkedIn photo is eight years old, it might be time to show something current. Also be sure to add in anything that you have accomplished or been a part of professionally on those outlets.
2. Talk to a few references you know well and trust implicitly.
Employers are asking more and more for professional references on candidates who are presented. While that may seem like a scary step, if you have even a few ready to go right away it could put you ahead of the pack. A good start? Ask a few people in your inner circle if they would be willing to write you a recommendation on LinkedIn and if they are willing to talk about their experiences with you on that recommendation. The more robust that LinkedIn profile with people who say good things about you, the better off you’ll be.
3. Do your research. Nothing is worse than a candidate ill-prepared for a job interview. Google is an amazing thing and can lead you to common job interview questions, information about prospective employers, knowledge of people you know working for a prospective employers, and maybe even something valuable about the company that could get you even more excited about the job interview. Employers love to ask what you know about their organization if and when you get to interview stage. You can't learn enough.
4. Be honest with yourself.
Have you asked yourself why you would consider leaving your current role or employer? How can a prospective employer know if they are the right fit if you can't put your finger on it? The more soul searching you do before even entering into the insurance job search process the better. This gives you a solid foundation of what you’re looking to do next. Or even better, what you DON’T want to do next. The last thing you want to do is make a job move, only to find out the new employer isn’t what you were thinking you wanted. Do yourself the due diligence.
The really good news is that if you still have questions or are worried about how to embark upon the beginnings of a new search, we are here to help. It really isn’t as scary as you might think!