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Ready for a Career Change? What to Consider Before You Start Your Job Search

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Your career has been good — not great — to this point. As such, you're ready to begin a job search so that you can pursue a new career. Ultimately, you need to plan ahead for your job search. This ensures you can hone your search to jobs that meet your requirements. It also allows you to accelerate your quest to find your dream career.

Factors to Consider Before You Start Your Job Search

A successful job search requires careful planning. As you prep for your job search, consider the following factors:

1. Professional Network

You have built many professional relationships over the years. Now, you can engage with industry peers to move forward in your career.

It often helps to connect with professionals via LinkedIn. You can use LinkedIn to search for colleagues and superiors from past jobs. And, LinkedIn even lets you join groups where you can connect with like-minded professionals.

Along with LinkedIn, search for professional networking events in your community. These events may be held virtually or in person and allow you to further enhance your professional network.

2. Social Media

You use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram regularly. However, how you portray yourself on social media can make or break your chances of accomplishing your career aspirations.

Update the privacy settings on your social media accounts. Also, remove any social media content that can come across as controversial.

Keep a close eye on your social media accounts moving forward. Be cautious before you publish anything on social media; otherwise, you risk posting content that could hamper your ability to pursue your career goals.

3. Resume

Although your resume has helped you in the past, today's the day to update it. That way, you can ensure your resume puts you in the best position to transform your career.

Verify the accuracy of the information on your resume. Include updates on any training programs you've completed or skills you've developed.

You'll need to update your resume as you search for jobs. But, if your resume is strong from the get-go, it can help you put your best foot forward as soon as you begin your job search.

4. Timeline

It may be tempting to believe that you'll find a new career right away. Yet, going from one career to another requires hard work and patience.

Create a timeline that accounts for your job search and other steps you'll need to take to pursue a new career. Establish milestones as you develop your plan. These milestones can help you stay on track as you work toward building your career.

Your timeline should be flexible, too. The job market is fierce, and there is no telling how long it may take you to find the right job. Remain persistent in your search for your ideal job, and you'll eventually land a great job that leads to a rewarding career.

Want to Start Your Job Search? Ascend Staffing Can Help

For those who are considering a variety of career opportunities, Ascend Staffing can help. We offer job placement assistance for temporary and permanent roles. To learn more about our available job opportunities, search our job board today.

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