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Ready for a new job in South Florida in the New Year? It might take some time, but with the right approach, you can find a better opportunity that’s a great fit for you. Here are some easy tips to put to use to help you with the process:

Tip #1: Don’t apply to everything.

If you want a new job – fast – it’s tempting to apply to as many opportunities as possible. However, avoid this approach because it’s ineffective. Not only will you waste your time, but the hiring manager’s time too. Instead, apply only to those positions for which you’re truly qualified. You’ll have a much higher chance of landing an interview – and landing the job.

Tip #2: Reach out to your network.

If you’re like most job candidates, you hate networking. Yet, it really is one of the fastest and most effective ways to finding a new job. Not only will you have someone who can refer you to an opening – which increases your odds of an interview – but you’ll hear about South Florida jobs that aren’t always advertised.

So simply let your friends, family, neighbors and network of colleagues know you’re interested in exploring new possibilities. You could end up with a bunch of interviews and opportunities all without having to put much effort into your search.

Tip #3: Put in the work.

That said, networking doesn’t always lead to an offer. And if you really want to uncover jobs that are right for you, you’re going to need to put in the work. That means taking your time with applications, updating your resume, following up after the interview and keeping up your search on job boards and social media, as well as signing up for job alerts. While you don’t want to spend every waking minute on your search, it’s important to invest the time and effort to find the best-fit opportunity.

Tip #4: Improve your skills.

If you’re missing out on offers due to a skill gap, it’s time to put the work in to get the education you need. That doesn’t necessarily mean going back to school. Instead, it could entail enrolling in an online certification course, reading industry publications, or signing up for an apprenticeship program. Whatever the case for you, the sooner you gain the skills you need, the faster you’ll be able to find the job you really want.

Tip #5: Work on your interview skills.

Are your interviewing abilities holding you back? You could have all the experience in the world, but if you struggle during interviews, it could lead to a long, drawn-out job search. That’s why it’s important to practice your interviewing skills; for instance, ask a friend or loved one to conduct mock interviews with you. It’s also important to be prepared and act professionally to increase your odds of an offer.

Need more help with your job search in 2018?

Call in the experts at Future Force. As one of the leading employment agencies in South Florida, we partner with some of the top employers throughout the region and can match you with job opportunities that are a great fit for you. Contact us today to get started or search our South Florida jobs now.

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