5 Ways to Jump Start your Job Search this Year

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by Jameela Hollingsworth

So 2018 is here, we’ve written those resolutions like we are supposed to … now what?! If one of those resolutions is to change your job, we can help!

Here are five ways to help you get started on your job search:

1. Update your resume

When updating your resume be sure to include:

  • Any qualifications you would have earned last year
  • Changes in address and telephone number
  • Changes in references
  • Any additional duties you may have taken on in your current role

2. Create a list of potential contacts you wish to send it to

You shouldn’t send out your resume to random contacts without any direction, you should create a list of companies to send your resume to that are in fields you are interested in working in. The list will also help you when you are doing follow-ups to see if they received your application.

3. Draft contact email

Your resume is your first step through the door.

This is the recruiters’ first introduction to you as a candidate, thus your introductory email has to stand out over the hundreds of emails that they receive on a daily basis.

Tip: Be Yourself! Personalize your email and use elements of your personality that would give the interviewer a sense of who you are. Keep it professional but still be an individual, if you are interested in getting some templates … we’ve got you covered.

4. Clean up your social media

Many recruiters are using social media as a major recruiting and reference checking tool; it is our way of forming a first impression of you before the interview. If you are job hunting you should ensure that your social media accounts are PG-13 and contain no content that you would not wish your future employers, your parents or your future in-laws to see.

Thank me later.

5. Update your LinkedIn

LinkedIn is changing the head hunting game in a major way! It’s basically an online resume that allows you to see who is checking your profile, also you get to make connections with professionals all over the world and it even allows you to share bodies of your work.

It’s like the Facebook for recruitment and professional networking. If you haven’t already created a Linked in profile go ahead and do so now.


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Jameela Hollingsworth is the owner of the HR Boss a Caribbean millennial career consultancy with readership in over 27 countries. The HR Boss was founded with the mission of helping Caribbean millennials kick butt and take names and be the Boss you were destined to be. The HR Boss is currently on its regional Career Tour with seminars being held in Barbados, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

Jameela is a qualified HR practitioner with over 6 years’ experience in Jamaica, Barbados and St. Lucia. At present; she serves as the HR Business Partner for a regional group of companies. 

When Jameela isn't being the boss she was destined to be; she spends her free time : traveling, spending time with the important people in her life and being Olivia Pope.