Job searching can be overwhelming, confusing and take time. It’s easy to throw up your arms and settle for a position that is pretty good. That’s fine, if there is a good chance of it leading to really good! Here are 3 things that you should consider when job searching that will help you land a position that suits you best.
1- Write/type it down. So often, I listen to folks tell me what they want in a job. However, some stop there and don’t take the important step of digging deep into their soul to flush out what they really want/need. Try these steps to assist in helping you not settle and instead, aim for what you really want.
A) Make that list of what you like and don’t like from a job. Show it to someone you trust to see if you should add anything. Talking it out can add clarity, eliminate redundancy and even provide you with additional options.
B) Research more than jobs. Consider looking into fields that you may not have thought of. Looking for similar jobs to what you currently have with better pay is always an option. Looking outside of your niche may shine light on jobs you never thought of. Advantage…you!
C) Reach out to people and see who they know. Make a list (yes, another list) of people you can chat with about options, jobs and see what’s out there. Remember, if you currently have a job, this is different than asking if they know of companies hiring. We’re not desperate, (unless your job stinks big time) we’re doing focused research to better our options and chances of landing a great place to work.
According to Zippia Career Experts
- 65% of currently employed individuals are looking for new jobs as of 2022.
- The average time to find a job in 2023 is five months.
- 80% of all job searches are done online as of 2022.
- 85% of all jobs are filled through networking.
- Roughly 50% of job applications come from job boards.
2- Networking, as mentioned above, is by far the leading way people are landing new jobs.
In order to be really good at this, you must put your head in the job searching game and control the voice inside telling you not to be pushy. You need to be persistent, polished at explaining who you are and what you’re looking for, open to and commit to working at this project 7 days per week! Doing this will present you with more options and less settling for a job. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Make a list of people to reach out to, connect with folks on LinkedIn, be brave/bold in your search because there is only an upside to this…no downside. On yeah, additionally this is YOUR life, so it’s okay to make it about you!
3 – I always like the saying “A job is what you do, it’s not who you are.” In my case, I am a professional keynote speaker and author. That’s by design, falling down, getting back up and a lot of hard work. But it’s not who I am. I’m a runner, funny guy, lover of dogs, traveler, family guy and more. I settled, when I was starting off, in the corporate world because I was thrilled to have a job. Then, I began to focus on myself and dig down into what I really wanted from work.
Who are you? What matters to you in life/work? Are you willing to take calculated risks, not settle and land a job that fits you well? You deserve it and this is your life…a chance to find the place that resonates with you enough to feel comfortable and not dread Monday mornings!
Consider where you are and where you really want to be. Plot your course, don’t settle and watch yourself land a job that feels right!