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.
Tristan had been job hunting for 7 months. He continually revised his resume and cover letter, but it never got him in the door for an interview. He expanded his job hunting approach from online job boards to offline job fairs and association meetings. Nothing. Not one interview.
After investing two years of his life in graduate school, he was starting to question if he had made the right choice. He’d left his wife and 5 year old daughter behind in the hopes of advancing his education and securing a job in Europe. He desperately wanted to be with his family again. First, he had to find a job. Time was running out. His student visa was expiring in 5 weeks.
You’re in the midst of a job search. You need a job, but not just any job. You want the perfect job – the one you actually want to go to. You are not alone.
“A recent survey found that nearly three quarters of workers say they hate their job!”
If you want to be one of the lucky ones, you need to intensify the focus in your job search and use your time more effectively. Here are three ways focus influences your job search success.
1) Be Specific In Your Job Search
Do you look anywhere and everywhere when job hunting? Do you sign up for every job board in town, scan the local classifieds and blast your Facebook friends with your resume? If so, you are going about it the wrong way.