71 percent of employees are looking for new jobs, according to a recent Washington Post survey. I am not a career coach! Due to my background in HR, I know just enough to be dangerous. Recently, a friend that is in the job market texted me some questions just to pick my brain a little. Here is a snippet of the conversation:

Question #1: I had a resume reviewed by a professional, updated my LinkedIn page and spent a considerable amount of time searching for jobs. What more should I be doing?

Remember, the job hunting process is a marathon, not a sprint. I also recommend going on Indeed. On the very top of the page, click on Find Resumes. You can actually type in your desired job title and see the resumes of those pursuing the same job title as you. Benchmark. Maybe your resume is right on par but maybe it can use an update. Look at job boards specific to the industry in which you are seeking an opportunity. Also, don’t forget to visit the employment page for the companies you are interested in to see what opportunities might be available. Although it is hard to hear, patience is key when seeking a new opportunity. However, the key is being proactive and consistent.

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Question #2: How do I use LinkedIn Premium to my advantage?

LinkedIn, is a proactive and active platform. For it to work to your advantage, you must continue to use the platform to capacity. That means a fully complete profile with your updated experience, awards won, accomplishments, volunteer projects, and leadership positions. The main advantages of LinkedIn Premium is that you can send direct messages to anyone with an account and it lets you see who has viewed your profile. However, it will not be of much value if your profile is incomplete. Also, you must know what you want when you connect with someone on LinkedIn. Do you want to ask to speak with them briefly over the phone about opportunities with their company? Do you want to ask for their e-mail so you can send your resume? Mary Davids has a phenomenal blog post entitled, 5 Reasons Why LinkedIn Isn’t Working For You. Check it out for more ways you can better use LinkedIn!

Question #3: I have been in my current position for 1 year and was at my last position for 1 year. Could that be a red flag for hiring managers? If so, what can I do?

Yes and No. In my experience, hiring managers care about relevant years of experience more than how long you have been with a certain company. The days of spending 50 years at a company and retiring with a gold watch are long gone.  If a hiring manager or recruiter calls you for an interview, there is something of interest on your resume that they would like to explore further. However, regardless of how long you have been at a job, you should always be able to explain your job history. Bonus: Question: If the interviewer asks, why I left jobs quickly and/or why I’m looking, what are some good answers? Answer – I am in my current role because it gave me an opportunity to expand the scope of my responsibilities. The reason I am looking for a new role is to continue to grow my capacity as I have the essential skills/abilities needed to add value to this organization. Give examples!

For anyone either actively or passively looking for a job, it is a great idea to look to a career coach. There is also a wealth of information on job search websites that will get you on the right track. Every Monday night at 10pm est, follow the hashtag #jobhuntchat for tips on resumes, job interviews and networking. Any other tips on LinkedIn Premium and/or if the job seekers with concerns about their recent job history?

Posted by Daniel Nicolas

Daniel is an HR knowledge seeker with a passion for community. I've had a pretty cool journey. Proud Seminole, Member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Tennis Player, Haitian-American and soon-to-be husband.

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