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I would like to share some tips for finding a new job since I just found one.
It is very important to have an outstanding resume. Ask someone to review your resume and offer suggestions. Ask for friends' samples to compare. I reformatted my resume after seeing a colleague's resume which looked great.
Depending on your background, include an experience summary. As a consultant, I have done other things besides instructional design. I phrased mine as: Experienced in the roles of: X, Y, and Z. I also put down what I had experience in.
While networking is important, don’t forget job boards such as Monster and Careerbuilder. Also, if you have a security clearance, be sure to post on those job boards specifically designed for those who have security clearances. In addition, you would get emails about upcoming security clearance job fairs.
This is actually how I found my new gig. A recruiter found me on a job board. I didn’t apply for her job. And job boards is how I found my current job as well. They work for me!
LinkedIn - This was helpful as well. I had someone contact me about a training position in his company. He sent me the job description and encouraged me to apply. This is also helpful because if you are interested in working for a particular company and you know someone who already does work for that company, then that person could give you a referral. In most cases, people who do employee referrals get a bonus if their referral is hired.
Think about what is important to you in a job. Is it pay, location, opportunity for advancement, working conditions, hours, benefits, etc.