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What To Do If You Are Looking For a New Job

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A few years ago I was in between jobs. I tried doing my own thing but realized that it was best to go back to working a full-time job again. It took me 8 months, but I was able to finally get another full-time job. A lot happened during that time. I applied for hundreds of jobs. I also worked two part gigs. I had to have some money coming in so I didn’t care where it was coming from.

If you are dreaming of a new job, then today’s post is just for you. I want to share with you different things that you can do if you are looking for a new job.

Continue to Apply

One thing that you have to do is to continue to apply for jobs. Even if you apply and don’t hear anything back, continue to do it. It’s a numbers game. Your next job could be around the corner. I made it a habit to apply to about 40 jobs each week.  You have to keep applying. You won’t get a job without doing so.

Update Your Resume

The next thing that you should do is make sure that your resume is up to date. I update my resume whenever I get a new job. I also added relevant skills to it. Depending on your situation, it may be good to have a couple of different versions of your resume available.

Customize Your Cover Letter For Each Position

This next step is key if you are dreaming of a new job. This may take a little more time, but you want to make sure that you customize your cover letter for each job that you are applying for. Different jobs call for different skills. Your cover letter should state that you have skills for a particular position. A generic cover letter will not work. I can’t lie, I used to be lazy and use one. That’s probably the reason that I didn’t have more interviews when I was applying for jobs a few years ago.

Don’t Let Emotions Get the Best of You

We’re all human. We get frustrated from time to time. Don’t let looking for a full-time gig get you riled up emotionally. Things happen for a reason. Even though it may be hard, stay positive. If you get a lot of rejections, keep going. Your new job will be on the way sooner than later.

Apply for Legit Companies

During my last job search, I saw that certain sites allow scammers to put fake jobs on their websites. There are so many scams out there asking people to send money or ask them to deposit checks in their accounts when they haven’t even done any work. Don’t fall for any of those scams. My advice is to look for work on legitimate websites such as Indeed and Career Builder. I am on the fence with Craigslist. They don’t usually have that many good jobs in the Atlanta area. You might even find it worthwhile to check a list of software engineer jobs if you’re interested in that profession. It may be different for you though depending on where you live.

Don’t Just Apply for Any Job

Typically I wouldn’t just apply for any type of job. I’d only apply for jobs that you’re interested in. If you’re not working, by all means, apply for any and everything so that you can get some money coming in. If you are working part-time, apply for jobs that you qualify for or think that you could do.

Continue to Utilize Your Network

This is something that everyone should do, but they don’t. You should utilize your network. Utilizing your network can yield big returns. If you think you don’t have a network think again. If you have a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account you have a network. Networking with those people can lead you to your next full-time job.

Create Your Online Career Brand

Developing your brand simply implies showcasing your skills, expertise, and passion online, where multiple employers searching the internet may find it. Most recruiters I know usually use LinkedIn as their primary employee search tool. If you are a professional seeking employment, you must be taking full advantage of LinkedIn and several other platforms available for your use. These platforms are also great tools for finding people who work with the company you intend to apply to while positioning you so that recruiters and hiring managers can you with relevant openings.

Organize Yourself

Before you start applying for jobs or interviewing with employers, take some time to create a system that will help you organize your job search. You could achieve that by creating a simple spreadsheet that will help you monitor and keep track of the jobs you applied for, the ones that already called you for an interview, etc.

Go Beyond Online Applications

If you only depend on online openings, landing a new job might take a very long time for you. And by the time you apply, the company might be in the final stages of the interview, or another person might have filled in the vacancy. I’ve had friends contact companies that interest them directly. They reached out to an internal recruiter or scheduled an informal interview with someone who already works in the company. Ideally, it would be best to get yourself acquainted with people who will influence your chances of getting your foot in the door.

Strive to Set and Complete a Few Job-Related Goals Daily

It takes a considerable amount of effort and time to find a new job. In some cases of a long job search, discouragement and distractions are inevitable. However, by focusing on completing those job related daily goals, you can keep motivating yourself while creating a solid foundation for a successful career.

Take it Easy and Be Kind to Yourself

Yes, we all know that searching for a job can be quite stressful. Therefore, set-asides some time to exercise, meditate, or just do anything that helps you relax, unwind, and feel comfortable. Setting up a stable support system and having people with whom you can brainstorm or pour out your frustrations will significantly ease your job search process.

Create Stories and Examples That Showcase Your Skills

Here is one of the crucial tips for landing a new job. People recall stories faster; therefore, your aim must be creating a set of interview stories that you can utilize in your network meetings and job interviews. These stories will explicitly demonstrate your passion, skills, and achievement concerning your work. That is the first step towards creating a memorable interview experience. Using stories can also help you feel more relaxed and comfortable when discussing yourself in an interview.

Expect the Search to Take Longer Than You Imagine

Everyone hopes to find a new job within a short time, but that is not always the case. In some situations, it even takes months to get offered a position. Therefore, mentally prepare yourself for a long journey

If you are dreaming of a new job, I want you to realize that it can take a while. Some people are lucky and can get hired quickly, while it takes a while for others. It took me 8 months to get a full-time position again. As long as you keep applying and staying focused, you will get hired again.

Bonus:

If you are having a hard time finding a new job, you should think about starting your own business. It’s not the easiest, but it’s something that you can do, while you’re waiting on that job. Check out this post that features 30+ profitable small business ideas.

What is the longest that you went without a full-time job? What are some things that you did when you were looking for a new job?

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13 Comments

  1. Job hunting is no easy and certainly is a full time job. Doing all the things you mentioned will get you where you want to go. I do wish you all the best in you search.

  2. My newest job was an internal move, though I did have a friend in that area of the business who referred me. During this time I was applying and interviewing to every internal position that fit the criteria I was looking for. Tailored cover letters are key.

  3. Hi Jason – one of my sons is going through what you are at this time. He has several part time jobs but wants one full time job doing something he likes. Like you, he gets interviews but no call backs. I suggested he call the company himself to ask if a decision had been made. That’s how I ended up with my last job (now retired) which was the very best job I ever had.
    Lenie

    1. I think I will start calling the companies back.

  4. Love that you are being so strategic about this Jason and I agree…tenacity will win over eventually. Because it is a numbers game and the worst sin of all is to give up!

    1. It is a numbers game. I believe that my number will be called very soon.

  5. I sold real estate and then started my own company so I haven’t had to look for a job. I was speaking to my granddaughter who is 22 years old and she is also looking for a job. I told her if enough people give up, because they usually do, it will be an opportunity for you out there.

  6. I really like that you addressed the issue of emotions and the importance of managing them. Lack of managing emotions can make a stressful situation spiral out of control pretty quickly.

    1. Exactly. People have to to keep composure at all times.

  7. Updating your resume is HUGE. Our skills and talents (for the most part) grow as the years go by. While I’m lucky enough to be an entrepreneur now, I know I’d have to update my resume again if I decided to go back to work full-time!

  8. Good article. I think a few of your techniques for finding jobs are a bit dated though. I have had at least one job since I started working, but I find that most jobs come from meeting people and showing how you can add value to their company. Have you thought about going to companies you want to work for and asking about what they need, what the work is like, what people like most, what they like least, etc… without asking or trying to get hired? Now you are familiar to this company and who are they going to think of first if they have a job? You!

    There are lots of techniques like this in the What Color Is Your Parachute book. I highly recommend checking it out!

    1. I think going to companies would work in some settings, but not all. For example, if you work in a college admissions office, I’m not sure how easy it would be to check the office out talk to people in charge. They are typically busy with students.

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