From speaking with our candidates, we know that looking for a job is often overwhelming. In fact, according to Seek, almost 70% of active job seekers agreed with the statement ‘looking for a job is overwhelming’. Consequently, if you are ready for a new job but find yourself consistently procrastinating and not doing anything about it, you are not alone!
At Abacus Human Capital, we are very conscious of how daunting job seeking can be, from preparing a resume that is supposed to personify everything about you, to initiating conversations with recruiters, not to mention attending interviews with multiple line managers and competing against a plethora of candidates.
As daunting as the process can be, one of the hardest decisions to make is the decision to commit to finding a new position. To help make the process as painless as possible, here are a few tips:
- Dedicate time each week to finding a new role.
- Set clear goals each week. This may be how many people you talk to or meet, how many people you share your resume with, etc. This is important to build some momentum.
- Talk to people in your networks. This may be former managers, people you have managed, people you have worked alongside, external consultants, external accountants, auditors, suppliers, friends, or family. Initiating conversations with people you already know and have a relationship with is far easier than talking to people you do not know.
- Talk to a recruiter you know and trust. If you don’t have a relationship with a recruiter, invest time reaching out and getting to know a few people. You will quickly establish who you feel comfortable with and how knowledgeable he/she is. Any good Recruiter will have an excellent understanding of the markets and know of organisations that may be a good fit for you. A recruiter will also be able to assist you with your resume, prepare you thoroughly for any pending interviews and even be a great sounding board on potential opportunities.
- Identify 3 critical things you want in your next job. This will help you maintain some objectivity in the process because it can quickly become an emotional journey once you start talking to people.
- If you are attending an interview, undertake detailed research. We regularly observe that candidates who are prepared and have put together good questions consistently outperform candidates who try wing interviews with charm and personality.
You are in control of your career and anxiety does not need to be a factor. A new job can give you much more than new skills and the work life balance you want.