So you've decided to make a career move...

Yes, the economy is improving and companies are beginning to hire again. While it is still not a candidate driven market, there are increasingly more jobs available for mid-senior level candidates. If you've decided it is time to make a move, what do you need to do next.

  1. Decide what you want first. Make a list of what's important to you in a job before starting the process.  Only consider positions that will provide a high percentage of the things that you want.
  2. Complete your LinkedIn profile.  Companies are increasingly using this popular social media site to recruit and vet candidate before placing that first phone call.  Make sure your profile is 100% complete and showcases your professional talents.
  3. Update your resume.  Resume styles change.  By checking with a professional, you’ll make sure that yours is not only professional, but also contemporary.
  4. Brush off your cover letters.  Whether applying for a position on line or in the traditional manner, a solid, professionally written cover letter is required.
  5. Dust off your ‘go to meetin’ clothes.’  Better yet, maybe it is time for something new.  Don’t let a simple thing like a dated appearance derail your competitiveness.
  6. Check yourself in the mirror.  Men and women will benefit from some simple make over tips like current hair styling, manicure, teeth whitening, hair coloring…you get the idea.
  7. Make sure your significant other, if you have one, is on board with the change.  ‘Nuff said!
  8. Prepare a marketing plan.  Looking for a new position is serious business.  Take it seriously and you’ll have better results. and 8a. Contact your favorite recruiter. Tell them you are ready to go.  They'll be impressed with what you have already done.
  9. Brush up on your interviewing skills.  Like resumes, interviewing styles change.  Make sure you are comfortable with what is boing done in today's world.
  10. Be yourself. There really is no other way to find out if you will be accepted for who you are or not. You may fool the people with whom you interview to get the job, but you will only be fooling yourself once you get there and you have to be someone else.

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