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Part II: New Year, New Job! Top 5 Proactive Tips for Your Career Transition

Experts say that the new year is a good time to start looking for a new job. As part of our two-part series on the subject of career transition and job search, we have found these tips to work best for our candidates:

Set daily job-related goals

Each day is a new beginning in your job search. Set daily goals of companies and people you plan to contact.

Develop examples of your best accomplishments to showcase your skills

In addition to your resume listing key accomplishment statements that showcase your skills and capabilities, be ready to sell yourself with those accomplishments during the interview.

Prepare for the job interview

Practice responses for typical questions such as “Tell me about your strengths” but also plan on being asked behavioral questions such as “Tell me about a time when you had a difficult customer and how did you handle the situation?” Most importantly, be prepared to ask the interviewer(s) questions so you can learn about the culture and the organization. And, remember the closing statement “I’m interested in the position and (state why)”.

Send thank you notes to your interviewers

After your interview, don’t overlook the importance of sending a thank you note within 24 hours. We recommend sending an email and written thank you note. This is an opportunity to set you apart from other candidates. By taking the time to send a thank you note, you are signaling your continued interest in the position.

Follow-up and stay in contact with hiring managers

You want to stay in touch with the hiring manager or recruiter in case a different role opens up down the road. Remember, they liked you enough to bring you in the first time. You may be the perfect fit the next time. Also, it’s important to keep your network strong -- even after you land your new job.

For more information on how we can help you with your recruiting needs or career coaching services, please contact the Bradley Partnerships, Inc. Feel free to contact us to learn more at or call our office at: 724-799-8170.

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