It is the New Year and a time when people start re-evaluating their career path. Are you thinking that it might be a good time to test the waters and see if the grass really is greener on the other side! Here are some tips to help you get on the right track.
- Evaluate your reasons for looking. Is it happiness at work, a higher salary, job security, career growth or company culture? Whatever your reasons make sure that they are strong enough to leave your current position.
- Update your resume. This document is a reflection of you and your work. Make sure that it is accurate, free from spelling and grammar errors and presentable. I usually recommend that people update their resume on a regular basis. Whether you are looking or not. Once a year, review the document and add any new skills that you have acquired. It will make the job search easier in the future or if an opportunity pops up unexpectedly.
- Analyze your current job. What do you like to do? What do you hate to do? The information you gather while doing this is invaluable. It is what will help you make your decision about potential jobs. Make a checklist. Use this checklist to evaluate the responsibilities of a potential job description to understand what you would like and dislike.
- Use Social Media. In this day of easy access to people, it is a really good idea to connect and re-connect with your network. Contact connections and see if they are aware of any new jobs available. I would only recommend doing this if you have kept in touch with these people over the past year. If the job search is confidential, you would be best to message people directly. People who have recommended you are also a great source when it comes time to search for a job. Your network can be a powerful tool, use it!.
- Craft your message. This is really important. If you are unhappy with your job and are voicing it in your message, you are no longer attractive to potential employers. Make sure that you are able to answer some general questions while you are talking to the people in your network and during an interview. Why should we consider hiring you? What experience will you bring to the company? Why are you looking for a new position? These are examples of questions that you will most likely be asked. It is important that you have consistency in your answers and that they are a positive reflection of you.
- Do not job hop! I have written about this in the past, but it is worth repeating again. Leaving one job for another without doing your homework usually ends in disaster. Make informed decisions and take your time to make sure that the next move is a great move for you.
Whatever your reasons are for exploring a new job, the challenging Canadian employment market will make a job search more difficult. There are jobs available, but are they the right ones for you? I can tell you that it doesn’t matter what the economic times are unless you do your homework and put in a solid effort on your job search the grass is not always greener.