Listed below are some positive actions that you can take in order to find a new career in a demanding job market.
Be smarter and faster – In opting for a new job; do not forget to update your resume by including samples of your previous work and appraising your skills, experience, and other achievements. Attend one networking activity in a week, rather than once a month and make more phone calls a day to potential networking contact, rather than not making an effort at all. As soon as you find a better opportunity, send your resume right away, return calls if ever you receive some, and send a thank you email for every job opportunity while also stating that you are willing to attend for an interview.
Get out from the box and try new strategies – Seek for greater opportunities and challenge yourself in applying for a job in larger cities or go out of town to attend seminars, workshops, and other networking activities in a totally new industry. Instead of mingling with the same people every day, join some new circles and welcome changes. Try to search for jobs from sources that you have not tried, such as newspapers, job boards, magazines, and many more. If you have gotten used to working in small companies, level up by applying trying to move to bigger corporations, or vice versa.
Avoid sounding too desperate – Look for some ways in which you can gain extra money. At some point, you should understand that looking for a job may take time and you would not be in the best frame of mind to find a better career if you are so stressed out about paying your monthly bills and other liabilities. Employers would also sense if you are only applying for a job to make a living or applying because you can make a big difference. Try some freelancing jobs and get self-employed or do some part-time jobs like working as a tutor.
Move to a city with jobs – If you have been thinking about relocating, move to a city with greater job opportunities. Your chance of getting a better career is always higher when you live in a city. In contrast with the jobs in rural areas, the monthly job wage big cities are also higher.
Help other people – One of the best ways to earn good offers is to help other people find ways for their own. Forward job listings that you know is good for your friend or invite a colleague for a cup of coffee. Barter your strength, such as volunteering to be a speaker in public seminars, workshops, and other training activities. The more you pay it forward, the more things are bound to come back.