The art of finding a new job can be a tedious affair. Whether you are fresh in the job market or you are transitioning from one job to the next, finding a new job can be demanding. However, it is doable, and all you have to do is have a positive attitude, a determined spirit, and a strategy. Since you aren’t the only one hunting for a job, you need to go the extra mile and package yourself in a way that will make you stand out. Here are some of the things you can do to help you find a new job;
Build a strong network
In the cooperate world, and life in general, networks are everything. Your networks will play a significant role in not just finding a new job, but also climbing the cooperate ladder. The people you associate with will play such a crucial role in your life. That’s why a strong network is vital in your job hunt. Traditional networking techniques are becoming reductant in today’s world, and thus, you need to think outside the box. Learn to be connected within a network of people. You need to act more as a bridge and help others connect and learn to give before you receive it. By assisting others to network, you will be helping yourself build more robust networks.
Spend less time applying online and more time on the ground
It is not a secret that the more jobs you apply, the more likely it is for you to get a job. However, rather than spending more time applying online, now is the time to meet people in your field in real life. This way, you get to witness firsthand the current situations in the industries and areas where there are gaps you can fill. Meeting people who are already in the field will also help you build a strong network.
Look at the unusual places
Now is the time to use the resources available. Start by telling your friends that you are looking for a new job, let them help you by telling you if they hear of available jobs. Remember your college alumni magazine? Now is the time to get hold of one and see if there are job postings that match your skillset. Attend the “pink slip” parties organized by laid-off workers or any other social gathering that can help you in finding a new job.
After all is said and done, persistence pays. Now is not the time to lose hope, hang in there, and do more groundwork; your next job is just around the corner. They always say that its darkest right before dawn, thus, keep looking, you are almost there!