Looking for a new job doesn’t have to be a full-time job if you utilize your time and resources wisely:
1. Update your resume and references. Before you start your job search, make sure your resume is updated with your current position, latest software used, and most recent accomplishments. Since you’re working and cannot list your current employer as a reference, reach out to previous supervisors and ask for their approval to list them as a professional reference. Make sure to inform them that you’re beginning a new job search so that they’re prepared to discuss their experience working with you to potential employers.
2. Register with a staffing firm. Recruiting agencies and staffing firms have long-standing, established relationships with companies that rely on their expertise to locate top talent. Therefore, a lot of employers do not even need to post their open positions; they simply contact their recruiting firm and request resumes of individuals that best match the position they’re looking to fill. It is imperative that job seekers use the assistance of staffing agencies to assist with their job search. First of all, working with recruiters at a staffing firm is a free and confidential resource. Once you register with a recruiting agency, they will contact you every time a position becomes available that would be a good fit for you. They will assist with your resume, coordinate interviews, provide you with interview and career advice, as well as manage salary negotiations on your behalf. This is a huge time-saver to those that are currently employed!
3. Organization is key. Keep an active list of the dates, titles and companies of each position for which you applied. When a potential employer calls you for an interview, you want to come across as extremely interested and knowledgeable about their specific company and open position.
4. Make yourself accessible. List your personal telephone number and email address on your resume and job applications. Be sure to respond to calls and emails from potential employers within 24 hours. Use your lunch break to return voicemails and emails on your own personal devices, not on company-owned property, including telephones or computers. Don’t allow your voicemail to become full, or you may miss out on a great opportunity!
5. Plan wisely for interviews. Employers are usually eager to fill an open position immediately, so make sure you have a plan in place to interview first thing in the morning, over your lunch break or late in the day. Remember, if you arrive to work in a full suit following an early morning “doctor’s appointment,” this may be a red flag to your current employer.
6. Keep your search confidential. Post your resume discretely on common job boards such as CareerBuilder, Monster or Indeed by “hiding” your name and contact information with a limited resume. You have the option of using a confidential email address assigned by the job board, as well as replacing your name with “Confidential Candidate.” Describe your current employer in general terms (ie, “Personal Injury Law Firm”) rather than the company’s name. Also, never tell ANY of your current coworkers that you are looking for a new opportunity, no matter how close of a relationship you may have with someone.
7. Utilize LinkedIn. Since LinkedIn is a widely used professional networking tool, you can discretely utilize it to job search under the radar. LinkedIn recently added a new feature that allows job seekers to privately signal to recruiters that they’re open to new career opportunities. Be sure to include your personal telephone number and email address to the “Contact Info” section of your profile. Make sure your LinkedIn page incorporates a professional picture and a fully completed profile, with as many keywords pertaining to your experience as possible.
8. Don’t let your job search interfere with your current position. Even though you’re actively seeking employment elsewhere, you are still earning a paycheck from your current employer and need to give them 110%. If you start to mentally checkout and let your performance slip, you may be out of a job before you obtain a new position. Keep up the hard work with a positive attitude, as you will most likely need to use your current employer as a reference some day.
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