Looking for a new job doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. Alas, a change is seldom a bad idea. If you’ve been stuck in the same role within the same company for years, no matter how happy or content you may be, it’s wise to check the market. You never know what opportunities are out there. We always tell our candidates that there is nothing wrong with testing the waters – You will either discover what you have been missing out on, or you’ll realise how you may take certain things for granted at you current job. It’s a win-win situation!
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of searching for a new job, let’s first make sure we cover the basics;
- Dust off and update your CV by way of your current job, contact details, and skills. Moreover, you should tailor your CV according to the different roles you are applying towards, highlighting certain aspects that are deemed valuable as indicated by each job description.
- Prowl the Internet for vacancies, and be selective. No need to apply to random roles for the sake of it. Ensure that the jobs you are targeting will be a step forward in your career, or that the company you are applying to offers something your current employer doesn’t.
- Check in with yourself to ensure that you are in the right frame of mind and that you are truly ready to undergo this process. There’s no point in applying for a job and then opting out of interviewing for it. It’s not only time-consuming, but also unprofessional.
Now, let’s dive a little deeper.
- Allow yourself to be vulnerable - You do not always have to come off as an all-knowing, almighty powerhouse. In fact, you should try to forge a relationship with the people you want to work for by openly expressing your admiration, asking for advice and by being more relatable.
- Craft your role - Do your homework on your chosen industry and pick a couple of companies that stand out. Then, put time and effort in researching and finding challenges that these companies are facing so that you can design solutions for these problems. If you are certain about what you need for your career, this method can help you get noticed.
- Start at the bottom - Neither life nor your career plays out in a straight line. There are inevitable ups and downs. Don’t fret over possibly taking a step back in hierarchy if it means that you will be following your passion and pursuing your [potential] dream job.
- Concentrate on body language - Your posture should convey confidence and professionalism. In addition, you should hone your skill of reading your interviewer’s body language as well, which can tell a lot about the fate of your candidacy.
- Keep your eye on the prize - You should concentrate on the long-term prospects of a position. It does not really matter how amazing a job is right now, your focus should be on how much you can evolve and how much value you can add to the company over the years.