There are a lot of reasons why you could want to look for a new job. Many leave current companies because they feel stuck or complacent in their current position. Others are forced to leave because of company headcount cuts or a dismissal.Looking for a job can be overwhelming and stressful. From updating your social media professional accounts such as LinkedIn, to creating customized cover letters and resumes, it’s hard to not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s hard to know where to start and how to get yourself out of the slump before you’ve even begun.
Follow these five steps, and you’ll kick off the job search the right way!
- Clean Up That Resume
- Dream a Little Dream
- Focus On Your Frustrations
- Network, Network, Network
How long has it been since you’ve updated your resume? Before your job search begins, the biggest mountain you must concur is getting your resume together. Look at similar job descriptions to the job you just held, and come up with lists of accomplishments that you are proud of.
Remember if you are a college grad or someone trying to enter a different industry, focus on the extracurricular activities that give you out of college experience. If you’ve just graduated, Sororities, Fraternities, or volunteer opportunities are a great way to showcase your leadership abilities.
When we were younger, we dreamed of the opportunities that were endless. Did you want to be an astronaut or a movie star? It’s not too late to dream. The best way to find a job that not only fits your skills but also fits your passions is to first dream. To help you clarify your goals and get energized for your upcoming search, start by thinking about why you want to do that type of work.
Why are you leaving your current job? Think about the reasons why it’s causing you to contemplate and job search, and focus on what parts of the job annoy you the most. By keeping a list of things that annoy you, you’ll be able to select a job that not only elevates your career, but keeps you happy.
The saying “it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know” is still very true today. Instead of mechanically submitting resumes and cover letters to recruiters, create and take advantage of opportunities to meet as many people as possible, both in your field and out. Visability is key. Think about who you know in similar fields and companies that you’ve researched and ask them to meet for coffee. You’ll be surprised who knows who!
5. Take Advantage of Your Free Time
Put the snacks and Netflix away, and focus on job search. The time you spend job searching is important—but your downtime matters, too. The healthier and better rounded you are, the better you’ll come across to contacts and potential employers. So, as you start on your job-hunting journey, make sure to take care of yourself mentally and physically. By creating solid routines, your structure will keep your work life balance in check and you’ll enter your new job happy and healthy!