Whether or not you are seeking new employment, it is important to stay informed about what is happening within your industry and your profession. Are you a member of a professional association? Do you continue to read and learn about new things? When you are looking for a new career, it is important to demonstrate that you are up-to-date and relevant. Stay in touch with your industry by getting their newsletters, or better yet, become a member of an applicable association. There are so many choices when it comes to associations so look for those that match your specific area of interest or employment. Being a member of a reputable organization demonstrates your commitment to your choice of vocation but it also keeps you informed about the latest developments.
When companies hire, they often want the person to come with new perspective. They want people who are well-informed and show proof that they are willing to learn and share new things. When you interview, these things can make the difference in whether you are selected for the position. It can also help you negotiate better salary and benefits. They key here is to remember that knowledge is power!
Before any interview, take the time to get to know the company that is interviewing you. Start by reviewing the company's website. You should also search them using search engines and read any articles you find about them as well as visiting their social media outlets. To really impress, do some research on the company's competitors and be prepared to tell them how you can help them be the leader in the industry.