Hunting for a New Job?

Hunting for a New Job?

Here are 6 Tips to Organizing an Effective Job Search

Sam Glenn, Business Author, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker

Now that the economy is getting better more and more people are beginning to explore new horizons by leaving their current job and finding a new position that better suites their needs. Reasons for doing this include desiring greater compensation, looking for more responsibility, career growth, a bad boss or simply wanting change.  It can be daunting to pursue a new position especially if you are trying to be effective at your current place of employment.  Here are 5 tips to assist you in organizing an effective job search.

1. Identify exactly what you want different in your next position and seek out those things specifically. Don’t settle for less, there is no point in leaving your current position for a new role with the same challenges or frustrations that you currently have. That being said make sure your expectations are realistic. If you want a $15,000 salary increase make sure you are able to justify that increase through additional education, training or certifications you may have achieved, increased management responsibilities, etc.

2. Stay organized.

Make sure you are tracking where you are applying to, who you are in contact with, and what the position requires and offers.   If someone returns your call, you don’t want to be stuck trying to remember their information.  It just demonstrates that you are doing a mass effort of applying for a new job.   Take notes on the company and do your research.  Be on top of your game by staying organized.

3. Try to schedule phone interviews over lunch or before or after work. If it turns into a face to face meeting, and conflicts with your current employment, then take a personal day.  Don’t make up a crazy story as to why you’re taking off, those always back fire. Most employers will understand that you’re currently working and offer some flexibility in scheduling an interview. Good times to schedule an interview without raising red flags with your current employer are before work, during lunch, or after work.

4. Never bash your current job.

You will most likely be asked why you are leaving your current employment. Do not under any circumstances complain or show any negativity. Be honest, but give everything a positive spin. Something you could say is, “While I have learned a great deal in my current role I am looking to take the next step in my career and learn new skills and apply my expertise to benefit a new organization.”

5. Always say thank you.

Make sure to send a thank you to each person you interview with. Make the thank you specific to that person, reference something you discussed during the interview, share why you think you’re a good fit, and then reconfirm your interest. Here is a basic example,

Dear Mr. Manager,

Thank you so much for your time today. I very much enjoyed our conversation and was especially impressed by the information you shared regarding xyz. I am confident that my experience (share a brief specific example) will allow me to quickly become effective in this position. I look forward pursuing this opportunity further and learning what the next steps might be.

Thank you again!

Best Regards,

Candidate Name

6.  Get Educated.

Make sure you are educated on effective interviewing skills, so that you are not just shooting from the hip.  Have someone proof read your resume to ensure that it reads well and that there are not minor errors.  One minor error can cost you the opportunity of a life time, so get smart about the process of effective interviewing and applying for jobs.  Is your voice mail professional so if they call you back and leave a message, think about the way you answer the phone, is it professional or is slap happy ready for a Friday night party with friends?  Demonstrate that you are the person for the job.

These are six effective tips to point you in the right direction to organizing an effective job search.  It does require time, effort and the right attitude to apply them.  If you are serious about getting a new job and one that you feel like you can thrive at, then make sure you understand what it takes and then follow through and do what it takes to make it happen.

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