How to job search
The task of searching for a job can be complex, mundane, and demoralising. But it can also be exciting, stimulating, and revitalising.
Like all things, the only way to know how to do it is to have stories to learn from. So first of all, if you don’t have any job searching experience yourself, then you need to get knowledge of how to do it from others.
What is job searching?
Job searching is when you look at what opportunities are available to make money.
This can involve looking on the internet, looking through newspapers, looking in newsagent and shop windows, listening out on the radio, looking on tv and social media, or just contacting people and asking them directly.
There are so many ways to look for jobs. But ultimately searching is a verb. It is an action. And it requires some effort.
When should I job search?
It depends on your situation. So it’s up to you. But if you need money and you don’t have a job, then the answer is right now. Use JAWS Job Search to start looking right away.
Depending upon where you live your government will provide some sort of unemployment support. But if you want other things in life then you are going to need to make money somehow.
In terms of timing, well there are a few ways to look at it. If you already have a job, then realistically you are only going to be able to look when you aren’t working. And if you don’t have a job, then you need to find the will power and energy to look now.
The average person probably finds it easier to look for work at the weekend because they have more time.
Should I let my current employer know I am looking for another job?
It’s up to you. You don’t have to let your employer know you are looking for another job. After all, it’s your life and your business, so it’s up to you if you let them know if you are looking for other work or not. Basically, you don’t need to feel bad about keeping that information to yourself.
Some employers would not take kindly to being told that you are looking at leaving. Some employers are really encouraging of that. So how well do you know your current employer? Do you think they will continue to support you as well as they have been or will they perhaps stat giving you harder tasks compared to others because they feel like you aren’t being loyal to them. It’s a tough call.
As a general rule, people respond much better to people being open and honest with them. Because it allows them to plan for the future. Also, it allows you to take pride and confidence in yourself for being upfront, open, and honest.
Remember, it’s your life and your career. You can do what you want with it.
How long should I spend job searching?
If you know what you want to do then this shouldn’t take too much time at all. Find the employer you want to work for or find the job role that you want to do and keep going for it until you get it. Learn, apply, train, apply, learn again, apply again. Keep doing whatever you have to do eventually get that job.
If you don’t know what to do then you need to consider what you want to do as a job. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What opportunities are available near you? You can use JAWS Job Search to help you with your job search or one of the other job search portals out there.
But don’t spend all day on it. Like everything, you need to take breaks and rest. And remember, if you are really struggling then you can look for help from others to help you decide what job you want to do.
What things do I need to consider when job searching?
Location. Salary. Skills.
Where is the job? What does it pay? Do you have the skills to apply for it and do it?
If the job isn’t in the town or city you live in, can you travel to it or would you have to relocate? Can you relocate? What is the salary? Will you earn enough to pay your bills and travel to work? And what actually is the job? Have you ever done it before or do you need to do some training to get the skills required to do it?
And finally, will you enjoy it? No one wants to go to work and be unhappy. So ask yourself, can I see myself doing this job?
What is the secret to good job searching?
Be honest and be realistic. Don’t waste anymore time than absolutely necessary looking at jobs you have little to no chance of getting. It’s important to dream and have ambition, but it’s more important to live in the moment and do what needs to be done.
If you are starting something new, unless you have the transferable skills to jump in a little further up the management ladder, then don’t be surprised if you have to get an entry level position to ‘get a foot in the door’.
Likewise, don’t sell yourself short. If you know your value and worth is greater than what is being advertised, then consider going self-employed and working for yourself. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.