7 Things to Do Right Now If You're Looking for a New Job

By Mary Truslow on January 06, 2017

Is it just me or does this new year feel particularly introspective? Have you spent the last week thinking about goals and projects for the year ahead?

Should I take a trip? Is it time to renovate the kitchen? Is it time for a new job?

Sometimes “new year/new job” is a fleeting thought, but other times, January 1 is a catalyst for a career move that is a long time coming. If you’re serious about looking for a new role, here are seven things you can do right now to shift from musing to moving.

1) Know yourself and what matters to you. This may sound trite, but I cannot tell you how many jobseekers I speak with who, when asked what they want and what they’re looking for, honestly have no idea. Before you start your search, start with yourself. Determine what your strengths are, your must-haves, and your goals for your next role.

2) Research the market. Particularly if you've been off the market for a while, research the skills in demand. "Relevancy" is huge, so identify the language being used in job openings to emphasize your relevant, in-demand skills across your resume, LinkedIn profile, portfolio, etc.

3) Use your network. This has been said many times, but it can't be said enough. Your network is the best, most underutilized resource for finding a new job. But it requires outreach. Identify contacts/advocates at the companies you want to work for and connect. Or find someone in your network who has a connection at those companies. Maybe you pursue a referral or introduction. Maybe you secure an informational interview. Is networking intimidating? Yes. Is it impossible? No.

4) Google yourself. Before you start your search, make sure your social presence is...presentable. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all of it. In the marketing and creative industry, your social accounts are a great way to showcase your point of view as well as your professional and personal values. Just be sure that your presence is consistent, appropriate and true to you. (And if you have "digital" in your job title, know that employers expect more from you online, e.g. more than ten connections on LinkedIn.)

5) Have a strategy and a game plan. A real game plan. Complete with a "hire by" date. Putting a date on the calendar for when you want to be in your next job will help keep you motivated.

6) Perfect your resume, LinkedIn profile and portfolio. These tools should be clear, consistent and an honest representation of who you are and what you've done. Read your resume aloud. At the end of each point, ask yourself the question, "So what?" This exercise will streamline your resume, illuminate the value you bring and better prepare you for inevitable interview questions like—Can you tell me about a problem you helped solve?

7) Get out of your comfort zone. Here's the truth. Looking for a new job is daunting. Particularly now that finding a job requires more networking than ever before. But, I implore you, don’t settle for online job boards. Find new connections and reconnect with old. Take a class. Connect with me! Get creative and proactive. There’s something pushing you to look. So, work a little harder, take a few risks, and find the job you deserve.

Wishing the Happiest of Holidays to Our Clients and Candidates!

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The New Normal of Job Search and How You Can Compete

By Joyce Bethoney on October 04, 2016

“There is nothing so stable as change.” --Bob Dylan

During my time working in staffing over the last 13 years, I have seen many ups and downs in our business. Largely driven by the economy. The economy is strong with the Dow over 18000.00, an unemployment rate at 5.5% and mortgage rates at 3.39%. It is undeniably a good economy. 

It’s also a candidate’s market. However, this doesn’t mean that jobseekers waltz in and secure any job their hearts desire. Landing a job has become exponentially more sophisticated than it was ten years ago. And even though there are more jobs and opportunities at the moment, the process is complex, competitive and doesn’t result in everyone getting a job just because they meet most of the requirements.

Here are a few things to do to increase your opportunities and offers in a market like this.

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Why the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law Is Good for Everyone

By Mary Truslow on August 16, 2016

As a recruiter in Massachusetts, it’s been a very big news week. The passing of the equal pay law, heralded by many as the most progressive in the country, is a huge win for women and minorities. And because this legislation promotes transparency, fair pay and market equity in all instances, it’s really a win for everyone.

From my perspective, here are some of the ways the new law, which goes into effective July 2018, will benefit all...

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The Truth About Growing Your Career

By mgreene on July 13, 2016

Contrary to what we might think when we enter the workforce, career growth doesn’t come from promotions or “tracks” or someone telling us when it’s time to make a move. Real career growth comes from our own initiative and ability to determine what we want, when we want it.

Here are a few ways to do it.

1) Pick an industry you feel passionate about. Even if you’re not entirely sure which role is right for you, zeroing in on an industry you love (or you think you love) is a great first step. If you’re in it for a year or two and determine it’s not what you thought it would be, change.

2) Commit to trying new things. Don’t settle for the first position you’re in, particularly if you see another role that could be a better fit for your skills, personality, etc. For instance, you’re at an agency in account management but realize brand planning is more aligned with your strengths. Think about making a move. Trying new roles will make you more well-rounded, which is always smart for growth.

3) Take criticism well. If you have things to work on, and we all do, hear them and really try to improve. If you don’t understand the critique, ask.

4) Learn from your mistakes. Don’t be defined by them, but don’t ignore them either.

5) Take initiative. The enemy of growth is complacency. If you want to grow, you need to push yourself. It’s your job to keep yourself moving forward, no one else’s.

6) Negotiate. Know your worth, and if you’re not getting what you deserve, ask for it. Be sure to know the value of your skills and experience in the market before you do.

7) Keep yourself current. Read industry articles, attend relevant trainings, pursue professional development…all of these initiatives are in your hands and some of the best ways to ensure you are growing.

8) Foster a great relationship with your manager. Meet with your supervisor regularly, ask questions, and be proactive if you don’t have enough to do. However, keep in mind the difference between good communication and pestering. If your manager isn’t open to any communication, then you’re likely in a job where your growth opportunities are limited.

9) Create a healthy balance between work and life. Today we hear about “balance” more than ever. Be sure to exercise, take breaks during the day, find the least stressful way to commute, etc. We are all very lucky to be employed during a time when work is becoming more flexible, but again, know the difference between balance and taking advantage/being unproductive in your role.

10) Trust your gut. I recently spoke up and expressed interest in moving from recruiting to account management within my own company. It was a move that wasn’t necessarily a “track” my managers would have created for me, but I’m pleased to report that I made the shift and I’m so happy I did. I love my industry and want to get experience from a number of different vantage points. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is—You are your own best advocate. Be sure to speak up if you see an opportunity for yourself.

Acknowledging that you are in charge of your career growth can be an intimidating and daunting realization, particularly if you’re the type of person who prefers to follow a path rather than lead. I’m not saying you can’t have a career unless you take charge of it. But, I am saying that if you want career growth, the only one responsible for that is you. 

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