Are you looking for a new job? A change in direction? Then clean up that CV and do some reading! Miss Lolëbrarian is here to help.
What would you like to do?
If you are not sure where you’d like to go next, books like The Bliss List: Discover What Truly Makes You Happy – Then Land Your Dream Job by J. P. Hansen, What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by R.N. Bolles, and The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by N. Lore are great guides to help you find your ideal career and/or job.
Research the job market
You have an idea of what you’d like to do. Now you need to make sure that there is a market for you. If you are in Canada, check the different provincial labor markets for information on number of jobs, salaries and expected growth. In the United States, this information can be found either using the Occupational Outlook Handbook (federal level) or CareerOneStop (state level). This information will also help you negotiate your salary and benefits when the time comes.
Polish your social media presence
In today’s world our online personas are key to a successful career. Make sure yours is up to snuff with books like The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search by W. Breitbarth, Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies by J. Waldman, and How To Build the Ultimate LinkedIn Profile In Under An Hour: Boost Your Branding, Attract Recruiters, And Find Your Next Job by A. Macarthy.
The Knock’em Dead series by M. Yate has books on all aspects of job searching including interviews, cover letters, resumes, etc. If are looking for something different then Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap Into the Hidden Job Market using Social Media and 999 other Tactics Today by J. C. Levinson and D. E. Perry if the book for you.
If you’d like to talk to someone about your search, consult with your local public library. They may have regular job hunting workshops.
Navigating the interview
Interviews questions can be tough. Sometimes we don’t get a chance to show what makes us special, while other times the questions are just plain weird (e.g. If you were a vegetable, which one would you be?). To help you survive and succeed in the interview process check out Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions by M. DeLuca and N. DeLuca, How to Say It Job Interviews by L. Matias, and Competency-Based Interviews: How to Master the Tough Interview Style Used by the Fortune 500s by R. Kessler.
Wishing you lots success and luck in the New Year. Happy hunting!