Women at Work: 4 Tips for Your Next Job Search
I just went through a job search (albeit short, I still did it) and while it’s fresh, I wanted to talk about my best tips for your next hunt.
ONE // REACH OUT TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE
The first step of any search in my mind is opening up the flood gates. Spend a day (preferably on a weekend, when you have more free time than during the week) going through all of your LinkedIn connections, Facebook friends, or phone contacts. Send a quick introductory message—“Would love to catch up over coffee!”—to anyone in your area.
TWO // HAVE AN OPEN MIND
You might think you know EXACTLY what it is you want to do next. Maybe you’ve always worked in a certain industry, or always had the same type of role. Make a list of the things you love—not just at work, but in life, too. For me, those things included writing, content, organization, and project management. The skills you have probably don’t just limit you to one type of job at one type of company, so keep an open mind. It’s easy to get stuck in the pattern of moving from similar thing to similar thing, but maybe what you need is a healthy shake up and to try something new.
THREE // HAVE A GAME PLAN
If you’re just casually on the hunt or simply open to new opportunities, that’s fine. But if you are really trying to get a new job ASAP, have a game plan. Once you’ve updated your resume and reached out to your contacts, commit to applying to a certain number of roles per week or having a few informational meetings or interviews every few days. Having these goals set allows you to stay on top of your search, while also working full-time.
FOUR // STAY POSITIVE
Interviewing can be rough, especially if you’re rejected more than once. Sometimes it can feel like you’ll never find something and be stuck in your current role forever. But there’s an infinite amount of companies out there, who are all looking for great people. Being patient—as hard as it can feel in the moment!—and staying positive is necessary to find the right gig.