Whether you’ve made resolutions or not, this time of year encourages all of us think about ways that we can be the happiest, best versions of ourselves—and a having crappy, soul-sucking job won’t help.
If finding a new job is your ticket to a happy 2019, we’ve put together a few quick and easy things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready to get the startup gig you’ve been dreaming about. Not looking quite yet? No worries—this is something that every job seeker can use no matter what time of the year they start their search.
Revamp Your Resume
The first—and most obvious—thing to do is to have a flawless, updated resume that you’re ready to fire off at a moment’s notice, because your dream job won't stay open for very long. In fact, it's best to get in the habit of revisiting your resume at least few times a year, especially if you're ready to move on to your next job. Crafting the perfect resume can feel like both an art and a science, but we’ve got an entire resume checklist and even a template you can follow to make the process go a whole lot faster!
Nail Your Elevator Pitch
Your resume should be able to give a hiring manager some idea of what you’re about in a mere couple of minutes, but a single piece of paper doesn’t (and shouldn’t) tell your whole story. If you make it to the interview stage, be sure to know in advance what your elevator pitch (aka your answer to the vague and dreaded “Tell me about yourself” interview prompt) is so that you can cover the points you absolutely need to without having to ramble for forever to get there.
You should also give some thought as to what your answers for other common interview prompts and questions may be, like why you really want to work for the company you’re interviewing for, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and how you deal with the icky stuff (like not meeting a goal in time or handling a difficult coworker). Keep it to the point, remain positive and upbeat, and let your personality shine. Above all, don’t be nervous! If interviews make you especially jittery, check out our free Startup Interview Prep Worksheet here.
Get Your Interview Outfit Ready
Don’t spend the night before your interview completely stressed out about what to wear instead of getting a good night's rest. Put together an outfit that’s polished and interview-ready even before you start applying to jobs or take advantage of the new year sales and buy a new one entirely without burning a hole in your wallet. You don’t want to overdo it or underdo it, either. Just because you want to work at a startup doesn’t mean it’s okay to show up in a hoodie to your job interview! Opt for a clean, neutral, and polished look (if you need more startup style tips, we’ve got a whole guide here).
Give Your References a Heads Up
If a company is serious about extending an offer to you, chances are that they’re going to ask you for 2-3 references who can attest to your capabilities and reliability. You don’t want to have to reach this stage only to sweat bullets when your go-to people aren’t responding to your reference request fast enough. Whether it’s a former professor (if you don’t have much or any work experience yet), a former boss, or a current close team member, it’s always a good idea to make sure that the people you’d want to be a reference for you are interested in being and available to be a reference for you when the time comes.
Give your references as much info about the job you’re interviewing for as possible, too, like a copy of the job description and a quick recap of what you discussed in your interviews. That way they can tailor their feedback about you to give the hiring manager what they need to hear. Don’t forget to thank your references for their time, and offer to be of any help to them if and when they may need it!
With these tips, finding a new job in 2019 is a resolution you can definitely stick to. Now go out there and crush it!
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