Do you often find yourself thinking, “I need a new job. I really, really do.”? You’re not alone. But, you probably can’t expect for someone to just show up on your doorstep with an amazing job offer. You’re going to have to put in some effort to land the new job you want.
With over one million jobs on Snagajob, you’ve come to the right place to start your job search. But, there are a few things I want you to keep in mind while you’re searching:
1) Think about what it is you want to do
This sounds simple, but you really want to make sure you’re looking for a job that you’ll actually enjoy, and not just any job that comes around. Think about the things in your life that you’re not only great at but that you also look forward to. For example, are you super crafty? Look into arts and craft stores in your area. Without a lot of experience, you may have to start at the bottom, but with your passion you should be able to quickly move up in the company. You might even find yourself teaching a class on your favorite hobby! There are a lot of ways you can take your favorite activities and turn them into a job.
If you’re unsure about what direction you want to take your career in, start by making a list of everything you look forward to. You might be able to find a common theme, like being outdoors or putting together the perfect outfit, that you can easily turn into a job direction.
2) Be proactive
Let everyone in your network know that you are looking for a new job (except your current boss and coworkers). You want people on the lookout for new positions that fit what you’re interested in. The more connections you have, the more opportunities that will come your way.
In addition, schedule out time each day to really get to searching. Whether it’s online or in person, you’ll want to stay dedicated to your search for a new job so that an opportunity doesn’t pass you by. It may be easy to take a break or give up if nothing is appealing, but if you really stay at it you’ll know that you’ve done everything you can to look for that right job for you.
3) Clean up your act
Think about what you look like to an employer from the outside. Employers are pretty honest about the fact that they may look at your social media profiles before they hire you, so go in and make everything private. You can take it a step further and delete what comes across as unprofessional. I’m not telling you to get rid of everything, employers want to see your personality. But, you want to make sure you don’t have anything illegal, inappropriate or hurtful on your sites. You definitely don’t want to have any complaints about old bosses or jobs either, this makes you look like a complainer.
Take a look, also, at your email address. Is is appropriate? I can’t tell you how many times a job seeker will reach out to me for help with a very disturbing email address. If an employer is looking over your application or resume and sees that your address is 2Lazy2Care@email.com they probably won’t think you’re all that professional. I recommend creating a new, job-search only email address that is simply your name. This way you’ll not only know your email address won’t hold you back, but you’ll also have all your job-search related information in one place.
Imagine this scenario: An employer is excited about your resume and wants to call you in for an interview. They dial your cell phone and it goes to voicemail. They hear “If I don’t know you, leave me alone. If I do know you text me, I probably won’t listen to your voicemail.” What do you think the employer will do? If it’s been awhile since you’ve checked your outgoing greeting on your voicemail go ahead and give it a once over to make sure everything is appropriate. This may sound like a no brainer, but we really do hear of this happening.
4) Organize your life and your search
We’re all at our best when everything around us is clean and organized, and your job search is no different. Create a notebook or spreadsheet that lists every job you’ve applied to. Include information like: date applied, employer, position title, contact information, date followed up, interview time, etc. We hear from employers that they’ll reach out to a candidate to schedule an interview and they sometimes don’t remember applying or don’t know what position the employer is talking about. This is not okay and makes it look like you want any job you can get and not their specific position. And, employers don’t want to feel like you’ll take anything, they want you to be passionate about what they have to offer.
Not only should you organize how you’re searching, but also look at the space around you. Do you have an area where you can sit down and research and apply to jobs for a few hours? You’ll want this to be an area free of clutter without distractions. While it may be tempting to sit on your couch with the Price is Right on in the background, it’s not the best idea when you’re doing something as serious as job searching.
5) Get informed
If you’re unsure about exactly what direction you want to take your career, reach out to some people in your network or your network’s network who have jobs that you’re interested in. Ask if they have time to sit down with you for an informational interview. These can be very powerful when making career goals and searching for a job. Ask them about how they got started and any tips they can share in their industry. This can be as informal as coffee or as intense as a sit down with different team members to see how that department works together.
In addition, informational interviews make you look like a very dedicated employee who is taking their search seriously. This widens your connections in your interested field and you’ll find that people will be very flattered when you reach out. It’s always a good idea to ask them to keep you in mind if any positions open up.
Searching for a new job doesn’t have to be tricky, you just have to put the time and energy into it to make sure you make the most out of your time. Don’t be lazy with a job search, it’s not worth it.