A few months ago I left IBM. I accepted a senior product management role at Marketwire+ Sysomos. Since then some of my friends have asked me for job hunting advice.
Here are 5 tips for job seekers:
1. Make it easy for recruiters to find you – If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, create one immediately. Every recruiter uses LinkedIn. If you already have a profile, make sure it is complete and up-to-date. It is now easier to highlight specialities, publications, patents, etc.
2. Prepare your resume to land the interview – If a recruiter contacts you with an intriguing opportunity, they will want to see a resume. Make sure you have one ready. I know some people that haven’t touched their resume in years. The last thing you want to do is to create one at the last minute. Schedule some quiet time to update your resume. Get in the habit of updating your resume a couple of times a year. I often do it over the holidays.
3. Discover opportunities – If you’re actively looking for a new role, there are plenty of job boards on the web. Here’s a few that I’ve found to be useful – especially if you’re looking for tech jobs in the Toronto area:
4. Research – If you find an opening that looks interesting do your research. Both LinkedIn and Glassdoor are free resources that you can use to research an organization. Using LinkedIn, you may be able to discover someone in your network that works for the organization. With Glassdoor, you can get “insider information” about salaries and interview questions.
5. Sharpen the saw – If you haven’t worked with a recruited or been interviewed lately, you may want to sharpen your skills. Check out the Career Tools podcast published by Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne, the co-founders of Manager Tools. There are a bunch of tips on interview preparation, resume writing, and working with recruiters. Be sure to go back in the archives.
Do you have a tip you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.
John P. Kennedy is an experienced product manager with broad market knowledge and an accomplished technical background in enterprise data management. Check out his blog!