It’s a tough time to find a new job. The market is competitive and jobs are scarce. This doesn’t mean that you need to stay in a job when you are not happy, though. There are steps you can take to make your job search more successful.
Use Search Agencies
Many companies use search agencies to help them find the perfect candidates for vacancies. Agencies work with hiring departments to design job descriptions and their ideal candidate. They then conduct a partnership executive search to find potential employees. Search agencies will often have a database of jobseekers they can access when filling a vacancy. Contact a few agencies and see if you can be added to their rosters.
Hire a Career Coach
If you’ve been in your current job for many years, you might not know what you need to do to find a new position or move up the ladder. A career coach can help you plan your career, write your resume and practice interviewing. If you are offered a position, they can assist with salary and benefits negotiations. Since career coaches help job seekers all the time, they are more aware of current hiring practices than you are.
Access Your Network
Any career advisor will tell you that you should use every social opportunity as a networking opportunity. You can build connections with other people who may be able to help you in the future. Whether your network is your college’s alumni office or a business association, you never know who may be able to find a new job. It’s true that getting a great job often depends on who you know.
Finding a new job is a lot of work and takes time. Follow these suggestions and be patient. Your perfect job is out there, waiting for you to find it.