2016If you have pledged to find a new job in 2016, you are among 21% of employees. And that percentage is even higher for those under the age of 34. The good news is that there are a lot of job out there and employers are realizing that it has become an employee marketplace. The bad news is…looking for a job can often become over-whelming and is big time commitment. If you are truly resolved to finding a new job in 2016, go about it with your eyes wide open and have realistic ideas of what you want and don’t want in a new role. Besides a higher salary, the most important factors people note in a job search are: job stability, affordable benefits, location and a good boss/team.

The beginning of your search is when you should sit down and make a list of what you want in a new role – specific to your career ambitions and your lifestyle. Are you open to a long commute? Will you only take a job that give you a work from home option? Do you want to work at a large or small company? The more questions you ask and answer for yourself, the better targeted your role will be.

When job searching, do not overlook working with a recruiter. If you find a good recruiter who specializes in your industry, they can help open doors to roles you didn’t know were available. Recruiters have worked hard to build strong relationships with hiring managers and internal recruiters. They build their reputation on delivering quality candidates and those candidates often rise to the top of a resume pile. Also, looking for a job takes time and using a recruiter is a good use of time. You could spend your lunch hour contacting a few companies a day or your recruiter can be contacting numerous companies and doing the leg work for you. It makes sense to develop a good working relationship with a recruiter– one built on honesty with a recruiter. I would never say to give up searching on job sites and company job boards but making a recruiter part of your overall search strategy is something I would highly recommend.

Good luck!