Job Search: On the Hunt
Want to know when ‘The Best Time of the Year to Look for a Job’ is, other than when you already have a job? January and February. This means that it’s the perfect time to brush up on your job searching skills. Looking for a new job can be many things-exciting, exhausting, terrifying, and terrific to name a few.
While you’re on the hunt, there are many things you can be doing to keep yourself busy and prepared for when you do get that interview. Some of the proactive actions you can take while you’re searching for your next job are suggested in Natalia Autenreith’s ‘9 Ways to Make the Most of Unemployment,’ which include:
- Volunteering because this is considered as work experience to some employers so it looks great on your resume.
- Staying informed on what different companies are up to so when you get an interview, you’re already current with what the company has been up to and shows you have interest in the company itself.
- Networking through human interactions with the people you personally know or through social media like LinkedIn which is made for professional networking.
This is also a great time (if you haven’t already) to ensure that your resume and cover letters are completely up to date and relevant to the positions you’re applying for.
When it comes to the jobs you’re applying for, you want to make sure that this will be a good fit for you and that you’d be doing something you really enjoyed. Paul Hosch gives a great example of seven career attributes that you should self-reflect on when embarking on a new career journey. Consider asking yourself these questions during your job search as this is a great guide to finding the career that best suits your strengths and desires.
If you’re looking to start an entirely new career, Linda Gimmeson in ‘Conquering Career Change’ said, “the best new career will be something that fulfills you.” Your career is something more than just a job. Your career is almost an extension of yourself as you should be able to express your talents, skills, and knowledge. If you’re doing a ‘job’ that isn’t appealing to you and meets your needs, you’ll never be satisfied and you’re doing yourself and injustice.
It’s important to focus on what you can be doing to actively maintain yourself and marketing yourself to appeal to future organizations and companies. You can do this by making sure that you’re considering your skills and interests when looking to start a new career are crucial to making sure you’re getting yourself into a great situation. You want to make sure you’re going to benefit from the job and that the organization will benefit from hiring you.
What stage are you currently at with hunting for your next career? What are some things that you can do to better prepare yourself in the meantime before you get that interview?