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How to Conduct the Ultimate Job Search

How to Conduct the Ultimate Job Search
From Recruiter - December 5, 2016

If you subscribe to recruiting- or employment-related newsletters or blogs, youll know they all have a common themehow to get a job. There are just as many strategies for finding a job as there are jobs themselves!

Granted, there are a lot of people in the job market today, but the one thing Ive noticed is there isnt much information regarding what to do about moving forward if you already have a job. The truth is, there is an overwhelming number of employees who hate their jobs. You may be familiar with the term golden handcuffs:If your job pays fairly well, and you cant see yourself leaving for fear of not finding a comparable salary/benefits package, then consider yourself shackled.

But fear not! Theres hope.

In my opinion, the best time to look for a job is when you have a job. Its the same as looking for a car when yours is running just fine. Youre simply interested in seeing whats out there. Its an exploratory process, one you can carry out with a completely clear head and probably a bit of excitement. No pressurejust a fun experience.

Several years ago, a mentor of mine said to me, The first day on your new job is the first day toward your next job. What? I didnt quite understand the statement at the time, but I later came to realize what he meant. Everything you do at work prepares you for the future. With that in mind, no effort is ever wasted and no task is ever completed without a valuable lesson.

Youve probably heard of how beneficial it can be to keep a journal or diary. Can you imagine how easy it would be to update your resume if you kept track of all the things you did/learned at work? I would even suggest updating your resume at least once every six monthsand more often if youre seriously thinking about changing jobs or vying for a promotion.

Another way you can sharpen your sword is through networking. I can never say enough about this. Theres quite a bit of truth to the phrase, Its not what you know; its whom you know. More times than not, the position youre looking for is closer than you think. Building relationships through networking is a great way to keep conversations going. By keeping your ear to the rail, you may gain access to key information you wouldnt have otherwise.



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