When trying to change jobs, be prepared for the long haul | Way of life
Yes, sometimes the stars align and you land a dream job within weeks, but most of the time, job hunting shares a lot of similarities with dating. Yes, you can get someone in a month, but do you really want someone as your primary partner? (Do not answer this question if you are in the âeveryone would be fineâ mood today.) Finding a high quality partner usually takes six to 12 months. So it is with the job search.
The goal is to find a job that matches your values, your goals and your daily lifestyle … and that you like. Really like. A lot. A successful career transition takes time. A lot of time. Plan to search for six months for mid-level jobs and longer for the best jobs. âI’ve seen situations where people get discouraged after six or eight months, and I’m like, ‘Hang on – if you get the offer of your dreams in two more months, those two months count. they for the big picture? Absolutely not, âsays Vicki Salemi, Career Expert at Monster. Here are all the things you need to do slowly.
n Always follow job offers. Even if you are a happy employee or work as a freelance, always be on the lookout for a new job. Sign up for email alerts to see job postings automatically delivered to your inbox. This keeps you on top of the skills businesses are looking for, as well as the issues that businesses are trying to solve, as everyone is hired to solve business problems.
n Imagine your ideal position. âIf you could create your own job description, what would you say? Salemi asks. âWhat type of boss and company would you like to work for and what is the salary? Then list the criteria you are looking for. Include the basics like company values, salary, commute hours (office, remote, hybrid?), Vacations, then details like career development opportunities and l attention from the boss. Highlight the three that are most important. This will help you not to get hooked on a flashy offer. (The same strategy works in dating, by the way.)
n Make it part of your day. For two months, set aside 30 minutes a day to research and ruminate on jobs, and learn about the latest apps and job alerts. Consider similar roles in sister industries or higher paying roles where your skills translate, and rearrange your resume accordingly. It’s okay if you only see a small number of jobs that you are really passionate about; it means you take the time to find a good fit. If you’re strapped for cash, consider a temp or part-time job while you search.
n Research research research. When you see a job that you might like a lot, educate yourself on the needs and issues of each business and how you can market yourself as the solution to those issues. You’re not done until you are able to present case studies and relevant examples of your work convincingly, in a way that fits the business storyline, without sounding like a tough guy. This process will also improve your analytical and business thinking skills. Then apply.
n Do your homework. When a job offer appears, so do rose-colored glasses. Watch company social media, talk to former employees, observe office relationships and body language, and listen to CEO speeches. Will this business appreciate what you bring to the table? Are you going to thrive overall by working on it? Could you see yourself very happy there for five years or more? If the answer is “eh” …
n Remember to lower it. Truly. Salemi, a former corporate recruiter, has seen applicants drop out on a regular basis at this point, so don’t feel like you’ve failed or that you should take the job just because it’s available for you. Just say the pay is too low, or “This is not quite the right opportunity for me.” (If you don’t like the team or think the boss is a jerk, don’t say that.)
As you can see, this all takes time. Keep in mind that your own timeline does not determine the timeline. Hiring is generally slow in August, and slows down even more from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. Many companies also slow down recruiting during their peak periods, such as when releasing new products or reporting quarterly earnings. Just keep driving. Remember that slowness and steadiness gets you where you want to go, as long as you don’t stop.