Applying to jobs, especially when you’re transitioning to a new role or a completely new industry, can be a scary. You want to have the perfect resume, present yourself in the best way possible, ace the interviews, and get that well-deserved offer. Here is a guide you can use to get organized and dive into your job search with confidence.

Creating Your Career Action Plan

Your career action plan is the road map that defines your career goals. This will help you plan for and document the steps to take to achieve your career goals. Your action plan would ideally created at the start of your program and updated throughout. Take the time to be self-reflective will leave you in a better, more confident place to start your career planning off on the right foot.

Get Your Personal Brand in Order

On you have your action plan, you now need everything in your toolkit to support this road map. Your “elevator “pitch, resume, and LinkedIn profile are the building blocks that you need in place for networking and applying for positions. For those of you seeking highly technical positions you may want to consider using github as well.

Get Out & Job Search

Now that LinkedIn is updated, your resume has been proofread, and you have practiced articulating your goals, strengths, and motivators, now you have to seek out those positions. Use online resources to bubble up opportunities and then use your networks wherever possible to make a connection at an organization that is hiring. Get out there and talk to your friends, former colleagues and classmates, and share your story!

Ace the Interview!

Once you get to this phase it is all about preparation and tailoring your story. And do not forget it is a two way street – you want to use these opportunities to see if the organization and role is truly the right fit for you!

Practice & Gain Experience

Manage your time during a job search to allow you to keep nurturing your passions and gaining experience while you are applying and networking. As always, practice makes perfect and job hunting and interviewing are no exception to this rule. The more you work at it, the more comfortable you’ll become, and the closer you’ll be to landing that position you’ve always wanted.

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For more tips and resources including common interview questions, helpful checklists, resume help, and tools to build you career action plan, download our Data Analytics Career Guide. 

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