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Three Steps To Getting A New Job

Posted by | October 14, 2015 | Graduate Article

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So many people I meet are stuck in jobs they don’t like because for some reason, they believe they won’t be able to find another one. Like there’s only one job they can ever do, and do well.

The way I see it is this is damaging for you and your employer. If you’re unhappy in your job chances are you’re not doing the best you can, you’re not being the best version of your professional self. If you’re doing your job ‘just because’ and do not have the enthusiasm, drive and passion to go over and above your responsibility then you’re not really adding much value to the business and if you were my employee, you wouldn’t last very long.

We spend the majority of our time at work so we could at least make it an enjoyable experience. Somewhere you don’t dread going to, where you feel valued and can make a difference.

So here’s my guide to getting a new job, the steps you should be taking and how you should be presenting yourself.

How long should I wait?

A question I’ve been asked plenty of times is how long does it take to find a job and how long should I wait before quitting my job? In an ideal scenario, you will have time to find your perfect role whilst still working at your current job but of course, this takes up a lot of your time.

I’d say it takes around 3 months to get into the swing of job hunting; tailoring CV’s, writing cover letters, attending interviews etc. It is much easier to find a job when you’re in one because then you don’t have the added pressure of accepting the first offer that comes along.

If you have the stability of employment then you can take your time carefully selecting the right position for you instead of panic applying for anything and everything.

However, this will require a lot of your time, your weekends may be replaced by job research and it can be difficult explaining to your current boss why you need to take the afternoon off for ‘an appointment’ when you really have an interview.

If this doesn’t sound right for you and you’d rather quit and spend all of your time concentrating on finding something else then you need to make sure you don’t start to regret your decision. You have time at your disposal and should dedicate this to your job search.

I know you may want a break from work and this is fine. But take too much time and potential employers will wonder what you’ve been doing and why you haven’t been interested in pursuing your career.

Use social media

Employers want staff who actually like what they do and have a thorough understanding of what’s going on in their sector. I’m always impressed by candidates who are active on social media, whether they have a blog, share comments on news in the industry or just tweet now and again because it shows this is more than just a job to them, they are actually interested and engaged.

Social media can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand it can work wonders, on the other hand it can be quite damaging. Always ensure anything you post online is ‘potential employer safe’ to avoid slip ups in the selection process.

How can I stand out?

I’ve interviewed lots of candidates who are scared to answer the question ‘Why are you leaving your job?’ or ‘Why have you left your job?’ when really, there’s no need.

Use positive attributes to your advantage. Tell them that you’re so driven and ambitious that your current role cannot facilitate your career developments. Tell them that you’re not being challenged enough and you’ve found yourself feeling complacent.

By taking the first step to addressing these feelings, you’re illustrating all the right things to this potential employer.

I’d always encourage anyone to maintain good relationships with previous bosses, whether you like them or not. You do not want to leave on a bad note because one day, you may need to ask them for a favour such as giving a reference. Show that you’re professional and thank them for taking the time to develop you.

Lastly, it would be silly not to utilise connections you’ve already made in your previous role. Let people know where you’re going, let people know you’ve enjoyed working with them and make sure you keep the conversation open. You never know who you may need to contact in future.

Ultimately, take the time to find a job which enables you to flourish. There’s nothing better than doing something you love and feeling respected whilst you do it.

If you’re thinking about changing jobs, take these three things in to consideration, think carefully and make your move. I wish you all the best of luck!