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Pattie Lovett-Reid

Chief Financial Commentator, CTV


Now is the time of year to take inventory: What is it you love to do, what is it you are really good at, and how can you make some money at it?

Once you have answered those questions, the next step is to network in an area that might be of interest to you.

If 2020 is your year to find a new job, Pino Addesa, managing director at The Staffing Alternative Inc., will tell you it all begins with networking and a simple hello. Organizations tend to hire people they know, like, and trust. 

Candidates should search out networking opportunities, engage in conversation – and it doesn't hurt to dress to impress. First impressions can go a long way.

Meanwhile, here are five tips to get you started on the job hunting journey.

1. Looking for a new job is almost a full-time job itself. As you network and scout around, don't drop the ball on your current responsibilities. Send out feelers, explore, and keep it manageable. Slow and steady will ultimately land you the right position.

2. Don't negotiate against yourself by bringing up salary, vacation entitlement or title expectations. If pushed, you can suggest ranges, but be very clear to state all of this is open to further discussion and negotiation.

3. Earn the right to say no. Until you actually have an offer on the table, there is nothing wrong with walking away. So keep pushing forward.

4. Keep your job search confidential and on a need-to-know basis.

5. Know your value and what you are bringing to the table. Don't exaggerate your salary, as most employers will ask for proof of compensation. Never come across as demanding or arrogant. Remember, rarely does a candidate have all the skills an employer is looking for, so highlight the ones you do have. Focus on your strengths.

And finally, if you make it to the interview stage, have your closer ready.  

Thank your interviewer for their time and be sure remind them how much you want the job and that no one will work harder for them than you will.