Posted? 5 things you can do to prepare for work in your new location

It’s that time of year, but what a year to be posted! If you’re not overwhelmed by travel plans, quarantine requirements and finding a new home you may be starting to think ahead about work in your new location. Here’s 5 things to get you started:

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  1. If you’re a recognized partner of an ADF member apply for PEAP. At the moment you can apply for PEAP at any time, regardless of whether you have a posting order. PEAP funds you to access professional employment support. You’d be mad to miss this opportunity! More info on the DCO website.
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  1. Get all your career info sorted. Whether you’re accessing professional support via PEAP or preparing your own job application materials now is the time to get organized. Do you have a career portfolio on your computer (or hard copy) where you store your education and work info? If not, now is the time to create one. Collate and store your qualifications, previous versions of your resume, job descriptions, awards and recognition, references (is it time to update, when did you last get in touch with them?) etc.
  1. Update your LinkedIn photo. LinkedIn is a great job search tool both for its networking opportunities and because employers use it as a recruiting tool. Your photo is one of the most important aspects of your LI profile so make sure it’s current. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile sign up for an account and get started. You can apply for PEAP funding for professional LI assistance
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  1. Check your social media presence. If potential employers Google your name what will they find? Make sure your personal pages are private, and your professional pages are up to date and showcasing your value. Use your social media presence to let people know you’re moving and will be looking for work. Networking is a great job search tool, and social media is a great networking tool.
  1. Research your new labour market. What are the most popular industries? Who are the employers? What is the job vacancy rate like? Are there new opportunities for your to pursue? Who do you know in the area? This may be your chance to try something different so think broadly.

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