Tips for Landing a New Job in 2017

How to Get Hired: Tips for Landing a New Job in 2017



Thinking about finding a new job this year? You’re in luck! There are plenty of opportunities with quality employers in Omaha, Lincoln, and throughout Nebraska in 2017. If there were ever a year to make the switch, this is it. Below, we provide tips to help you land a new job that brings the positive change you’re looking for while heightening your career.

Start Networking

If you’re looking to make a change, reaching out to former coworkers and business acquaintances is a great place to start. Whether you grab coffee or lunch or reach out on LinkedIn, leveraging your network puts you in a better position to find a new opportunity. In some instances, someone in your network might know of a specific opening at their organization or another where they can refer you. Worst-case scenario is that people are aware that you’re looking and will think of you if they come across anything that would make sense.

Partner with a Quality Recruiter

Finding a new job is a really time-intensive process. Whether you are unemployed or employed and looking, having a recruiter do the heavy lifting for you can be incredibly valuable. On that same note, because your time is so valuable, finding a quality recruiter that won’t waste your time is important. Some of the other things to look for when identifying a quality recruiter include:

  • Your recruiter should have a specialty that aligns with what you are looking for (target market, specializing in a specific industry or type of position they recruit for) Typically, if they’ve made it two years in the recruiting industry, they’re doing something right and you should be able to count on them to deliver.
  • You should be able to find their background and referrals online. Make sure to check out if they have people who are willing to vouch for them.
  • When you first get in touch with a recruiter, you should be able to get a good feel right away if they’re right for you. Look for a recruiter who’s very thorough and takes time to understand your background and learn about you and your needs before they begin their search.

Partnering with a recruiter has more benefits than the time they’ll save you, though. You’re getting someone to work on your behalf who will take a very proactive approach. Good recruiters also have a large network they can leverage and can connect you to organizations that might not have a job listed but have a need for your skill set. Finally, recruiters can even help you find incredible opportunities that never make it to job boards. Some organizations will turn to recruiters to fill positions without ever advertising those jobs publicly. This gives you the opportunity to find the best jobs available for you to elevate your career to a new level.

Have Multiple Sets of Eyes on Your Resume

Get in contact with a resume writing specialist, or even turn to someone in your network to take a look at your resume. Having multiple sets of eyes is invaluable. In most cases only 1-2% of resumes sent result in an interview, so finding a way to stand out is crucial. With the level of competition for job openings, it’s essential to do everything you can to make your resume stand out from the rest.

Plan on Spending Time on Your Job Search

Finding a new job doesn’t happen overnight. There’s no telling how long it will take to land the right interview and get the process started. From there, it will likely take a minimum of six to eight weeks to arrange the interview, hear back, set up a second interview, wait for an offer, then make the decision to accept the job. If you’re serious about making a switch, you have to be prepared to be proactive and to dedicate time to the process. Otherwise, it will only take longer.

Prepare for the Interview

When you do get an interview, make sure you’re well prepared to take full advantage of the opportunity. For starters, having a firm grasp of the job and its responsibilities is essential, along with doing detailed research about the company itself. You won’t be the only one to take these measures, though. To take it a step further, you can prepare for an interview by doing research on the people you’re meeting and their background to see if there’s any commonalities that can help the conversation. Finally, it’s always a good idea to prepare for common questions and even do a mock interview with a friend. If you’re looking to land an incredible job in 2017, be committed to making your goal happen. By using the tips above, you give yourself a much higher chance for success and can make a move that will move your career forward.





Josh Boesch is a Lutz Talent Shareholder with over 14 years of audit and recruiting experience. He heads the Lutz Talent division, a service that helps clients identify “the ideal candidate” to meet their business goals, challenges, culture and vision. His experience as a CPA and his approach to gaining an in-depth understanding of the client’s talent needs, including the skills, experience, cultural understanding and personality fit, has been integral to his success.

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