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Switching jobs is much more common in this day and age than it used to be a couple of decades back. People were used to finding one and sticking to it all the way to retirement. A friend of mine had to seek new employment recently (I won’t get into any details here) and I thought her case is a prime example of how finding a new job doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience; on the contrary, she claims that this turned out one of the best points in her career as of yet. Following a lengthy interview, I’ve decided to outline key major points from my friend’s example and turn them into five steps for helping anyone who is looking to make this leap in their career.
1. Don’t quit yet
Generally, the main reason for switching jobs isn’t money-related, but is usually a result of low job satisfaction – if you aren’t happy at a certain position, and have been feeling this way for some time, it might be a time to seek a new workplace. Do not hand in your resignation on a whim – you are a professional; act accordingly and strategize. Don’t spread the word too much, either, because you don’t want your employers resenting you – word travels fast, and business owners talk to each other. My friend emphasized on how much benefit she got from keeping her plans to herself, and being respectful towards her now-ex-management.
2. You are a brand
If you aren’t on networking sites, it’s about time you made your known presence there, even if you’re perfectly satisfied with your current job. Start by creating a LinkedIn profile and dedicate yourself to polishing it to perfection – you can rest assured that your potential new employers will be the first to look you up on LinkedIn. Depending on your profession and your popularity, this goes for social media too. As long as I’ve known her (quite some time now), my friend has always treated her online presence with utmost dedication and professionalism – she claims that this asset has been simply invaluable in her case.
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3. Resumes and cover letters
Having a single resume and cover letter is lazy professionalism; you’re saying that you’re out there, but you aren’t really trying. You need to show your skills to your future employers, and, depending on a particular position that you’re applying for, you need to learn how to target resumes and cover letters. My friend had this part completely covered – she came up with seven different pairs for seven different positions that she had in mind. That’s called dedication, and it’s the only way to make sure that you’ve done everything in your power to show yourself in the right light.
4. Research potential employers
Every business out there is always going to get out of their way to show themselves in the best possible light; and this is completely fine (after all, my friend did this, too). You need to get out of your way to research every single one of your potential future employers, and this doesn’t end with their website. Ask around, find a way to contact people who already work there; browse around the web for employee reviews. For example, I’ve found reviews for many businesses, such as prestigious company Youi NZ, whose employees have given detailed facts about their work environment. My friend claims that this helped her cross off at least five companies from her list, and put at least five new businesses in her crosshairs.
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5. Know when to accept/decline a new job offer
A very important step in finding a new job is going to as many interviews as necessary and knowing when to accept or decline an offer. Although you shouldn’t talk too much about the fact that you’re looking for a new job, it is absolutely essential that you notify the management in your current workplace as soon as the interview step begins. While a “yes” or “no” are perfectly viable answers, keep in mind that making a counter offer and negotiating the perks are options that are definitely on the table.
While on the job market, it is vital that you be wary of rash decisions. Turn yourself into a brand of sorts, don’t think that a single resume and a single cover letter will suffice, carefully research every potential employer and learn when and how to accept or decline an offer.