Between filling out lengthy applications, perfecting and re-perfecting your resume, and attending multiple interviews only to be the “runner-up” candidate, searching for a job can feel downright overwhelming. At times, you might feel a bit like Dorothy in the Land of Oz facing lions, and tigers, and bears–oh my! Whether you have been recently laid off, you are searching for a career change, or you are a new professional trying to get your “foot in the door,” here are a few general tips as you navigate for a new career.
- Stay positive. Although this simple phrase seems obvious, it may be one of the biggest challenges you face while searching for a new career. It is easy to let the rejection emails and not hearing back from ABC Company get you down. Set simple goals, such as completing three applications per day or reaching out to five old acquaintances through LinkedIn. Setting and achieving these goals will give you a sense of accomplishment. When the result you get is not the one you hoped for, do not over analyze the reasons why or get fixated on what you could have done/said differently. Stay positive, focus on what you can control, and believe your best days are yet to come.
- Network, network, network. You have a big network. You know lots of people who know lots of people. Between your family, friends, neighbors, former co-workers, and the list goes on and on, you know hundreds, if not thousands, of people both directly and indirectly. Start reaching out to anyone and everyone you can think of, even if you assume they cannot help you. You never know who has an uncle or a college roommate who may be a hiring manager for your dream job. A simple, “Let me know if you hear of any openings for me” message is a great way to start reaching out to those in your network via phone, email, and even social media.
- Consult a staffing and recruitment expert. A recruiter serves as yet another resource for you to tackle your search head on. A recruiter will have a network of connections and positions that lead to a hidden job market, essentially jobs that have not been posted on job boards. Not only will a recruiter expose you to undisclosed job opportunities, he/she can also provide you with valuable feedback on your resume, interviews, and more. Recruiters have the same goal as you, to land you a great position with a great company as quickly as possible.
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Pam joined Celebrity Staff as an Account Manager in 2011 and was promoted to Senior Account Manager in July 2013. Prior to joining Celebrity Staff, she worked in the travel industry focusing on sales and recruiting. Originally from Iowa, Pam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Iowa State University. Outside of work she enjoys yoga, bike riding, cooking, and most of all travel.