As I hung up the phone, I felt the sweat beading on my forehead. Why did the COO want to have a “chat” with me? His office was at the end of executive row. It was tucked away in the corner almost out-of-sight. It looked humble until you entered it. I was anxious sitting across from him. My eyes darted from award to award on his bookshelf. I couldn’t believe what he had just told me: “Ian, I need you to interview and hire 17 salespeople yesterday! It’s essential for reaching our revenue target this year.”
Are you looking for new career opportunities while currently employed? Searching for a new job can quickly become a full-time job. How do you look for a new job and avoid conflicts with your existing job? Here are some tips on how to professionally manage both job-hunting and your current job at the same time.
Avoid advertised jobs
The temptation to look for jobs online is high when you’re currently employed. Job-hunting online feels non-intrusive to your current job. The thought of your dream job showing up tomorrow in your inbox is tempting, but highly unlikely (less than 4%). Even if it did, think about how many others you’ll have to compete against to win the job.
Searching for your next job opportunity can be filled with excitement, disappointment and frustration. As the emotional roller coaster wears on, how do you stay motivated when there is no end in sight in your job hunt? Here are some favorite motivators that can keep you going, when the going gets tough.
Although it’s tempting to stay inside and focused on finding a job, your productivity drops after 90 minutes. Take a break and get out! A favorite respite from the trenches of job hunting is to step outside and exercise. A power walk in the neighborhood, a jog along the harbor-side, or a bike ride through a nearby forest can be a dynamite re-energizer.
On Amazon there is no less than 2,190 books on writing a ‘job resume’. You’d think they were the key to getting a job. It’s just an illusion. You are told that a resume prepares you to go and charm a recruiter, convince a head hunter, inspire awe in the HR executive.
Well, this dream is a crowded one! It is shared by all the qualified individuals who are after the same job you are pining your hopes on!
“When it comes to effective job-hunting, a resume is not your best tool.”