Fancy a career change? 5 Best Tips for finding a new job
The coming of a new year may give you the kickstart you need to find a new job to fancy career change. If you’re searching for a new job, you’re not alone. Seventy-one percent of workers are either actively looking or interested in finding a new position, according to a survey by Jobvite.
For many, the process of finding new work can be tedious at best and soul-deadening at worst. The hunt for the perfect position can take months. Few people want to wait that long to find a new job. If you’re out of work, waiting months to find a job may not even be an option.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to accelerate your career change. Here are five things you can do that will help you get your career – and your life – back on the right track.
Check out these 5 tips for finding a new job:
1. Make time to go over your options
When you are stuck in the grind of a job you dislike, it can be hard to find the time and headspace to work out what you want to do instead. Before you start your search for a new job or career, it is important to invest some time “getting to know yourself”. It might seem tricky, uncomfortable or uncertain, but it’s worth doing. You have the answers; you just need to access them. Knowing what you really want will save time, effort, and heartache in the long run.
When thinking about a fancy career change, it can be helpful to look ahead to the end of the year. What would you like to be doing for a job at that point? Is that with your current employer, or a new one? Define your ideal, but keep things realistic.
2. Time your search right
Some seasons are more favourable for job searchers than others. Obviously, if you need work right away, you don’t have the luxury of waiting to look for a job. But if you’re itching for a career change, you might want to start your job search at a time of year when companies are more likely to be looking for new employees.
Hiring often slows down in the summer and in December, since many people are out of the office for holidays. If you’re thinking about looking for a new job now, consider spending the next month or two fine-tuning your resume, updating your LinkedIn profile, and building your network.
3. Let people know you’re looking
If you’re only looking for jobs online, you’re missing out. Many open positions are never posted online. Networking is the key to find the latest jobs. So don’t hesitate to make your job search public. Also if you are having doubts about your current role, or feeling uncertain about what to do next, it can be helpful to talk through your options with a confidant. Find support, either through existing friends and family, coaches and mentors, or by connecting with people in the new fields you are considering who may be happy to help you with their insights and knowledge.
4. Show employers what you’ve done
Before you over-zealously start applying for jobs, do not forget the importance of a clean, well-edited application and CV.
Tailor all applications, even speculative, to the company and job you’re applying for. Avoid ‘one click apply’ buttons and fill in forms fully, to show you’re committed to every application.
You know that “goals and objectives” statement at the top of your resume? Skip it, say experts. Your goal is obvious, after all – you want a job. Instead, use a summary statement that focuses on your past accomplishments. Show hiring managers and interviewers what you’ve done in the past and how that will make you a better employee for them.
5. Clean up your social media
You should really know this by now, but here’s a reminder just in case you forgot: There’s a very good chance your potential employer is checking out your social media profiles. Forty-three percent of employers are researching candidates on social media, according to a CareerBuilder survey. If they don’t like what they see, it could cost you the job.
Just as social media blunders can harm your job search, so can not having any online presence at all. Overall, 73% of recruiters said they had hired a candidate through social media.
Follow your instincts and if they are saying you need a fancy career change then explore your motivations, get clear about what you want and follow these 5 best tips for finding a new job to make it happen!
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