Are you looking for new job search strategies in 2019? Do you want to jump into 2019 with a new career? Interested in knowing how the job market looks? There’s good news for you. The Washington Post reported that the U.S. added 312,000 jobs in December beating forecasts for the month. The article states that “Employers across the board are complaining about keeping and retaining the workers that they want” and “Wage growth is a straightforward symbol of that.”

Moreover, the U.S. added a total of 2.6 Million jobs this year, the best showing since 2015, according to AXIOS. This is great news if you’re getting ready to make a career change.  Here are 5 things to do before you hit the market:

Prepare your personal branding pitch

When someone asks “What do you do?” do you respond with your job title? Instead you need to respond with your personal brand Unique Value Proposition (UVP). This 15-second pitch gives people a way to say, “Tell me more” and inspires a conversation about you and what your unique skill sets are. For example, if you sell mattresses you can say “I help people sleep better at night.” If you’re a brand marketer, you can say “I’m a storyteller” because your job is to tell a story about a brand to consumers.

Refresh your resume

Take a look at your resume and ensure it’s up-to-date with the latest accomplishments from your current position. An easy way to do this is to keep track of your accomplishments by writing them down each week so you can refer back to them. Also, organize your resume in to easy-to-read sections, use bullet points and ensure its 100% accurate. For more tips, read our blog on Top 5 Ways to Update Your Resume.

Update your LinkedIn profile

Did you know that 95% of hiring managers and recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates? If you’re either not on LinkedIn or have an outdated profile, it’s time to invest in a new one. Here are 3 tips: Use a professional and authentic profile photo, leverage the headline area to capture hiring manager attention (don’t use your job title here), and pack your profile summary with accomplishments and a summary that highlights your best skills. Don’t know where to start? Hire a professional to write your LinkedIn profile for you.

Start blogging

Want to stand out in 2019 and make your job search unique? Start blogging about your industry and expertise. Blogging is easier than you think. You can start a free one by going to www.wordpress.com and they have thousands of free and easy-to-build templates. From there you simply write about what you know. Still concerned? Check out this insightful article about Blogging Basics 101.

Hire a career coach

Do you know the average career coaching client sees a 25% increase in salary, delivers a 500%+ return on investment, gives you the edge in today’s crowded market and the boost in self-confidence you need to land the job you want and deserve. That’s why 60% of Fortune 500 CEO’s have coaches. Think about athletes and musicians. They all have coaches to beat the competition. You deserve one too! Try it out. Book a FREE initial session with XecuCoach to learn more about our services.