Finding a new job is a lot like losing weight. We know what we need to do but refuse to do it. Want to lose weight? Eat less and move more. Want a new job? Get to work (no pun intended). Achieving either objective is simple and requires discipline. (Two really big buzzkills.)
Start Looking for a New Job by Networking
If you’re looking for a job, start networking your tail off. Pick up the phone and call people. Ask for help from former bosses, co-workers and college pals. Join organizations. Get on LinkedIn. Start connecting with people through Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites. Contact recruiters and temp-to-hire agencies. Get your resume (and your name) out there anyway you can. You may not like it and you may not be comfortable with it but if you want to get a new job, you’ll do it.
Be Clear About Your Goal
Be specific about what kind of job you want. Don’t be vague and make people guess. Don’t present yourself as someone who “just wants a job” or “is good at a lot of different things.” The more direct you are about the type of job you want, the better chances you have of landing it.
Commit to your goal. Be ready to do whatever it takes. Move to another city. Enroll in a training program. Finish your degree. Change your career. Accept a lower salary. Start again at the bottom.
You won’t get a new job by sitting around and waiting for someone to bring it to you. You have to get it yourself.
Parts of this blog were taken from Tim Sackett’s article “How To Really Get An Entry-Level Job.
Sue Montgomery is a Certified Professional Resume Writer & Career Coach with 20+ years of experience creating resumes, cover letters and other tools that market people for the jobs they want. Sue is founder and president of Resume Plus.