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What to Do If You’re Job Hunting for The First Time in A Long Time

Are you new to the job market? Have you recently been furloughed due to COVID-19? Many job seekers who are looking for a job for the first time in a long time often feel overwhelmed by how much the hiring process has changed. Not to mention, the new normal of hiring and networking being online or socially distanced.

Between increased competition for jobs in Houston, Texas, and the evolution of social media, it’s easy to be confused and need a refresher as you embark on new career endeavors. If it’s been years since you’ve been on the job market, we at Carlton Staffing have got you covered with these tips!

Tell Everyone About Your Job Search

If you’re stressed out about searching for a new job, you may be hesitant to make it a topic of conversation with family and friends. Letting others know that you’re looking for a new job can be a game-changer for your search! A successful job search is often driven by word-of-mouth referrals.

Sparking a conversation with others about your job hunt can lead you to valuable information about relevant employers and opportunities, or even lead to a great job referral. Remember, every person in your network has hundreds of contacts who could potentially connect you to your next position.

TIP: Click on the #OpentoWork option on your LinkedIn to let recruiters know you are looking.

Be Open to Temporary Positions

While many job-seekers are anxious to land a direct-hire position, there are many benefits of working a temporary position while you’re in between jobs. Exploring temporary jobs in your industry can help you earn a paycheck while further developing your skills and gaining more employment experience.

The best part is that a temporary job can often turn into a permanent placement, as you’ll be able to build a solid relationship with the employer and prove your value as a member of their team. Working with a recruiter can be instrumental in connecting you to temp jobs that align with your skills and career goals, and most importantly, a wider range of prospective employers.

TIP: Working with a recruiter at a staffing firm is like being connected to over 100 companies!

Invest in Your Digital Professional Brand

Even though it’s easy to become consumed with completing job applications, it’s in your best interest to use some of your time to invest in your digital professional brand.

Start by Googling yourself. What comes up? That will give you a good indication of where to invest your time. LinkedIn for most is the first place to invest in updating your digital brand. Think of your profile as a digital resume and one you can engage with companies and hiring managers directly.

TIP: Make sure your digital brand is one that companies will find appropriate and appealing.

In search of a new opportunity and job hunting for the first time in a long time? Carlton Staffing has remained committed to providing innovative staffing solutions to Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth companies for 40 years. Contact us today to learn how our staffing specialists can help you in your first foray into today’s job market.



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