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Dread going to work each day? Not learning new skills or getting ahead? Know you’re not being paid what you’re worth? The good news is that with the New Year almost here, it’s also a good time to start searching for a new job in the Harrisonburg area. To help you, here are 5 tips to put to use:

Polish your resume.

As one of Harrisonburg’s top employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows your resume is the first thing employers will see – and it can make or break your ability to get interviews. So now’s the time to pull it out and polish it up. When you do, make sure you’re going beyond just listing tasks and responsibilities from past jobs. Also be sure to focus on your career accomplishments and why a potential employer should hire you.

Research companies you’d like to work for.

Of course you should be applying to job postings in your industry. However, more than that, if there are companies where you’d like to get your foot in the door, do some research to find the name of the right hiring manager and then send along your resume. You never know if they could be gearing up to hire or have a potential opportunity about to open up that hasn’t been advertised yet.

Get job alerts.

The faster you can get your resume in front of a hiring manager, the better. So make sure in addition to applying to existing openings, you also sign up for alerts through local job boards, as well as career websites. That way, when new positions open up, you’ll be one of the first to know and can apply as quickly as possible.

Reach out to your network.

In addition to searching and applying for jobs, also be sure to reach out to your network about potential opportunities. This includes friends, neighbors, family, and former co-workers and classmates. Many jobs are filled through referrals, so this is actually one of the most effective job search tactics to put to use.

Keep up your search.

Many job candidates mistakenly think that the holidays are a bad time to be searching for a new job. But, employers don’t close up shop during this time of the year. Plus, there’s often less competition from other candidates who wait until after the holidays to start up their job searches. As a result, it’s an ideal time to launch and continue your own.

Finding a new job – whether now or next year – takes patience. But when you follow the tips above and are persistent with your efforts, it will pay off with a new opportunity.

Interested in getting professional help in your next job search?

Call the experts at Adams & Garth. As one of Harrisonburg’s top employment agencies, we can help you with your job search from start to finish, from crafting a strong resume to matching you with a job opportunity that’s a great fit for you.

Contact Adams & Garth today to get started, or search our jobs in Harrisonburg and Central Virginia now.

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