Are you looking for some good job opportunities?
Do you want to chase your dreams and do something more creative? Something that provides more work-life balance for your budding family? How about a fancy new title and a corner office?
Or maybe you just want to get out of the corporate world altogether for something more low-key?
Whether you’re ready to make a big change or just want to browse your options, before you think about the tactical approach to finding your dream gig, you need to take a moment to figure out what is most important to you. Meaning, you need to think about what is most critical to you at this stage in your life.
New to job hunting?
Each candidate’s journey is going to be different, however, there are some steps that can be taken during each year of undergraduate education. Our advice is to consider the year you’re in and take some steps in career search and try to plan ahead. You can start by attending information sessions and upcoming job fairs.
- Network, network, network! There’s no substitute for personal relationships when looking for employment opportunities. Today, networking is easier than ever with social and professional networking sites in abundance.
- Use your resources.
- Stay fit.
- Stay sharp: Stay current on the latest news, trends and technologies that are important in your industry.
- Be flexible.
- Don’t panic, be patient, but don’t be picky.
- Be willing to commute or relocate.
- Be open to interim positions, freelancing or consulting.
- Treat the search process as a job.
- Start the search immediately.
And remember, the possibilities are endless!
Find your focus
Think well about the jobs or companies that you loved in the past (and also the ones you didn’t), and then write down the qualities that made those special to you. Once you’ve compiled a proper list of all your top priorities, it will be an easy task to assess whether certain companies align with your ultimate goals.
The companies eager to grow alongside the bustling economy are grinding to find great new candidates to fill the high number of fresher job openings. Meaning, for the first time in years, candidates are picking the companies they want to work for and not vice versa.
With so many companies desperate to find the talent they need, things can start to move really fast once you start exploring opportunities – much faster than you can control sometimes.
Organizations are going to use anything they can, from stacked company kitchen snack setups to exclusive gym memberships, to woo you. Do your homework on companies to discover what you really need to know about them before it’s too late. Google and find out whether current employees are contributing positive messages about the company. Even though you can’t believe everything you read, it should give you some general idea and vibe. It’s also a great way to pick out those potential red flags that you can then ask about during the interview process.
If it all seems too good to be true, know that you probably haven’t found the ugly yet. Many times, the downsides you do find aren’t something that goes against your values, but you still need to dig deeper to find out before you sign the dotted line.
Want to move up in your present career?
We understand that it’s a lot harder to have a conversation with your current manager about getting that promotion you want. But why not give it a shot?
Your current company may surprise you and step up to the plate to show you how much they value your presence, or they could send some strong indicators that it’s time to go.
Besides, it’s also an insurance policy for maintaining positive relationships, even if you ultimately decide to part ways.
Level with your boss about a potential offer and give them a chance to match (or best) it before you put in your two weeks’ notice to avoid your boss begrudgingly asking: “Why didn’t you come and talk to me?”.
They’ll appreciate you being upfront about it, and giving them a heads up will take the sting out of leaving so you can maintain a positive relationship moving forward.
And whatever you do, be smart and discrete, (which includes not browsing other jobs on your work laptop) and you’ll stay out of hot water with your current employer.
However it fares, the most important thing to know is that your success doesn’t depend on one thing, in particular, it depends on the sum of millions of small things that make you happy and content NOW.