Every now and then, it can become time to find a new job. Maybe we have learned all we can at the old job, maybe the company is sinking, or maybe we just need a change. Why do you want to get a new job? It is because you’re trapped in a dead-end job? Just be sure to evaluate all of the pros and cons, and don’t quit your job and self-destruct like an idiot!
Here are my three tips to helping you find that new job, so that you can get out of your rut.
1. You need to differentiate yourself.
Let’s face it, writing up a resumé and landing in the middle of a pile of a 1000 other like-minded resumés is not a key to success. What, you think that just because you got a master’s degree that you’re some big shot now? Do you even have any actual work experience or marketable skills? The first important thing that you need in your job search is to be different from the other candidates, in some way. You need to apply yourself toward the specific position that you are applying towards, and show the employer what makes you their ideal candidate. Show that you actually read the job description and know something about the company!
You want to make sure that you differentiate yourself in a good way. Companies are looking for candidates that will be a good match and fit to the position, and if you try to B.S. your way through and are just looking for the paycheck, you’ll probably fall out sooner or later.
2. You need a network.
With such a field of competition out there, a network can be your best shot of getting in the door. At some companies, the interview is just a formality, and it is really about who you know that will get you the job. This was also the case when I referred two colleagues to my former place of employment. I had a good reputation, and my word was good enough to get my colleagues an interview and get them in. Of course, it helps if you don’t suck — be someone worth referring.
If you’re still in school, a great way can be to try and aim for an internship in the field you want to work in. I joined the school’s co-op program for this, and there are also services that can help you to find apprenticeship vacancies in the area where you live.
3. Always work on improving yourself.
I am a firm believer that learning does not end when one leaves school, nor is a formal education the only type of education that we need. Learning takes place throughout life, and we should always be striving to be better at our craft, whether it be writing, developing, or fixing cars! This is the type of employee that employers love, and this attitude will bring you much joy and happiness in life. Show your employer how you have continued to grow over the years, and how you can help them grow, too.
Here are some other tips to help you out on that search:
- Manage your online presence. Don’t post stuff on Facebook or other places that could embarrass you in the future.
- Remember to quit your old job with grace, and keep the bridges open.
- Take advantage of LinkedIn and other similar networks to find out more opportunities and get in touch with old colleagues.
What has helped you out during your own job search?