Finding a job can be an overwhelming and frustrating task, especially around the holiday season. But when you find yourself looking for a new job, there are 10 habits you can form to help you be more successful when hunting for a new job.
1. Be prepared to get laid off at some point during your career. This may seem like a depressing starting point, but if you are prepared for the worse case scenario of being laid off from your job you will be more likely to bounce back more quickly than someone who is not prepared. Take the time after being laid off to figure out what you liked about your last job and what you did not like about your last job and then make sure you new job has more of what you liked and less of what you did not like. This will help you as you start searching for a new job.
2. Express your interest in a new job. While it can be embarrassing to admit you have been laid off of your job, you need to hit up your network of people and let them know that you are looking for a new position. You will be more likely to find a new position through your network because they will keep their eyes and ears open for anything they think might meet your need.
3. Protect your social media presence. Are you someone that tends to post anything and everything on social media? This might not be the best idea when you are looking for a new position. Most companies now a days will immediately search for you on social media and will use your social media as an initial judge of your character. While it is not a big deal to post pictures from your bachlor party or your 21st birthday, you might want to make sure those pictures are not the first thing your potential employer sees when they search for your name on Facebook or Twitter.
4. There is such a thing of too much editing. When it comes to your resume, there is a fine line between spellchecking and splitting hairs. Instead of putting every little thing you have ever done in your career on your resume, make it a point to highlight the major accomplishments. Then if your potential employer asks for further detail, have a separate document listing your skill-sets in further detail and how those skills are useful for their company.
5. How can you best help a company? Instead of focusing on how the job can help you, figure out how you can help the company. Focus on a skill that you have that another prospective employee might not and show the employer how your skills can help push them further if you were working for them.
6. Fill the gaps in your resume when you can. Have you only every worked one or two jobs consisting of similar work without a lot of fluff? That is not a problem! Employers are not only interested in what you have done from a career perspective (even if that is the main part of your resume), they are also interested in the other things you have accomplished like your volunteer work, presentations you have done and any freelance work you have done on the side.
7. Research your prospective company. You know how much research you put into someone before you go on a date with them? This is something you should do for a prospective company as well. Take time to research them and get to know the company a little better - not only will you feel better walking into the interview, it will also help you make sure this is a company you want to work for in the long run.
8. Focus on growing industries. When you are researching the prospect of a new career, take some time to look at companies and industries seeing growth over the last few years. Attend lectures and ask questions, join groups on Facebook and ask questions about why they joined this industry, any chance you get to ask people questions about the industry is a great opportunity to learn more.
9. Contemplate grad school. Before you to running off to a graduate program, make sure it is really worth your time and the debt you will accrue. Often employers will appreciate job experience more than they will a masters degree. Make sure that heading back to school is really the best choice for your career.
10. Don't be intimidated. Looking for a new job can be an overwhelming task. Do not let the hunt become too much for you. Take each week and make a plan for what you will do to pursue a new job, then fill the rest of the week with other things like exercise, time with friends, cleaning, etc. That way it is only a part of your week and not your entire life.
Bonus Habit: Know your time limit. Are you sitting at your job right now dreaming about moving onto a new job? Go for it. When the time comes to move onto a new job, you will feel it in your gut. It will not be a difficult decision to move on to bigger and different things.