To increase your odds of job search success:
1) Start to act with a sense of urgency
When you know that you’re getting a refund, you’re apt to file right away. If you owe? Not so much. Think of the job you want to get as that coveted tax refund. It’s not a good idea to procrastinate on sending in that resume or returning that call to a recruiter. When you see a job posted online, don’t hesitate or wait ’til the weekend to apply. Go for it NOW. You’re already competing with dozens, if not hundreds, of other applicants. Time is definitely of the essence.
2) Don’t be afraid to ask for help
You can do your taxes online yourself, just as you can do your job search yourself. However, the job search is not meant to exist in a bubble. If you had a new tax situation and were stumped, you would reach out for professional help. The job search is no different. Whether it’s your local librarian, college career planning office or local networking group, get ideas and expert advice from those in the know.
3) Stay current on the code
Tax codes can change, and so can job search trends. When you’re filing taxes online, you get a prompt alerting you to new changes since the previous year. Unfortunately, there is no prompt in the job search process. It’s up to you to educate yourself on what the latest job search trends and accepted norms are. For instance, many jobs require you to apply via an ATS (Applicant Tracking System). If you don’t know the best way to maximize key words in the resume you submit to these systems, you can be at a huge disadvantage. Visit sites like Monster and Career Builder to keep up-to-date on the latest trends. For advice on navigating the ATS, this post can help.
4) Be forward-focused
There are tax moves you can make to put yourself in a better position financially the following year. The same thing can be said for the job search. Envision yourself in the job you want to get. What does it look and feel like? What moves do you need to make right now to make the goal of getting that job happen?
5) Keep track of and claim those job search expenses (if you can)
Did you know that if you’re unemployed and looking for a job, you can deduct job hunting expenses? Check this article out for details.
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