Everything You Need to Jumpstart Your Job Search in 2022

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April 15, 2024 at 10:42PM UTC

You’ve decided you want a new job, congrats! Starting the job search process can be intimidating, but we’ve broken it down into smaller steps to help you navigate with ease and confidence. Fairygodboss and its community of career experts have compiled a quick list you can use to prepare yourself: Don't Begin Job Searching Without Reading This Checklist.

Read on for a complete breakdown of the process, along with some helpful resources you can use to aid you in your search. 

Set Your Job Search Strategy 

First, determine what’s most important to you and the skills you want to utilize in a new role and company. Use these 5 Job Search Strategies You Haven't Tried Before to guide you and help find the job that’s right for you. Looking to make some quick decisions? Answering These 7 Questions Can Speed Up Your Job Search.

If you’re not sure what your next move should be: 25 Career Tests to Help You Figure Out What's Next

Update Your Online Presence And Personal Brand

Start by searching your name online – what comes up? First impressions are important and you can clean up your professional brand with 10 Tips for Taking Charge of Your Online Job Search

Lacking a personal brand and don’t know where to start? Here are 10 Key Ways to Build Your Personal Brand that you can start today.

See also: 3 Signs Your Personal Branding Is Successful, According to a Brand Strategist

Network, Network, Network

Does anyone really enjoy networking? For many of us, networking can seem daunting or uncomfortable, but it can also open you up to new career opportunities and even help you land the job, so here’s 15 Ways to Network Like a Pro When You Don't Like Networking. Review these 10 Networking Tips For People Who Hate Networking to make your next experience better than the last and try using this 1 Question That Helps Me Make Instant Connections at Networking Events.

And if You Ask These Networking Questions, Your Job Search is More Successful Than You Think.

Create A Stellar Resume

Brush up on the 50 Best Resume Tips That Will Get You Hired and make sure you always proofread before submitting your resume. There are plenty of “Do’s” when it comes to creating a resume: I've Received 48 Job Offers — Doing These 3 Things to My Resume Helps Me Stand Out. But, there are also plenty of “Don’ts”: Never Put These 3 Things On Your Resume — Put These 4 Alternatives Instead

And if you’re a career changer, here are 4 Resume Tips That Will Help You Nail a Late Career Change.

Prepare to Interview

You’ve made it to the next round and are invited to interview with the company – time to prepare. Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but they’re a two-way street, so make sure you’re asking questions that will help you determine if the company and job are right for you. Try these 15 Deeply Impressive Interview Questions That The Other Candidates Won't Think to Ask

But what are recruiters looking for? Here are 10 Things That Instantly Make Me Want to Hire a Job Candidate, According to Recruiters and This Hiring Manager Says She Will Only Hire People Who Stop and Do This in an Interview (hint: take a second to think!). You’ll know an interview is going well if you hear these 3 Green Flags In an Interview, According to a Recruiter.

See also: 4 Offensive Biases You’re Accidentally Revealing in Interviews and How to Identify Them 


After your interviews, be sure to send thank-yous to everyone you interviewed with. Here are 5 Thank-You Note Samples (+ a Full Template) for Interview Success and 11 Mistakes to Avoid in The Interview Thank You Note. And if you’re really looking to hit it out of the park, Using These 6 Power Words in a Follow-Up Email Almost Guarantees You’ll Get the Offer.

Good luck with your job search!

Have a job search question that wasn’t answered here? Ask it in the Fairygodboss community to get advice from other members!

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