Is it time to consider a new job? Are you stuck in a low paying, low-interest job and craving more? Sometimes, the worst part is getting started looking for that new job. Here are a few tips to get you started on that road to a new job:
Cold call. Locate a specific person who can help you (usually the human resources hiring manager at a company or organization you’re interested in). Call that person and ask if they are hiring, but do not become discouraged if they are not. Ask what kind of qualifications they look for or if they have apprentice or government-sponsored work programs. Ask if you can send your resume indicating what field you want to go into. Indicate whether you would accept a lesser job and work up. Reflect after each phone call on what went well and what did not. Don’t underestimate the value of personal relationships. Go to the company or business where you think you might want to work, bring your resume, and ask to speak to the Human Resources manager about job opportunities. If you make an excellent personal impression on the HR manager, you’ve done your job. People don’t always hire the person best suited for the job; people often hire the person they like the best.
Research the company. Don’t just do an Internet search, remember that you’re competing with lots of other candidates for a few or single position. You may not be able to change your natural intelligence, or the skills that you come to the job with, but you can always change your work ethic. Work harder than everyone else by researching the company or companies you wish to work for like your life depended on it. Become familiar with the history of the company. Who started it? Where? Who runs it now? Be creative!
Fit the job to your skills rather than the other way around. Many people search for jobs, then try to see how they can tweak the way they present their own skills and experiences to fit the job description. Instead, try to start from a list of your own skills and play to your strengths. If you do, it will make success more probable and by utilizing your strengths, you have a better possibility of long-term success.
By doing your homework and investing properly in a new career, you can get out of that slump and into a great new job!