While looking for a new job can be an extremely frustrating experience, your efforts will be more quickly rewarded if you do a little preparation ahead of time. This doesn’t mean you need to spend all of your free-time updating your resume and scanning job sites for potential employers. Of course “pounding the pavement” does tend to speed the process along, however I’ve got a few tips to help you expedite your job search.
Really Take a Look at Why You’re Looking for Work
Has your existing job worn you out? Have you suddenly found yourself in desperate need of a change? Maybe you feel like you’ve fallen into a rut and are having trouble advancing your career. Perhaps you’ve been passed up for a promotion? Or maybe, you’re planning a move and simply need to find a new place to work? It could even be you simple want a change of environment and pace. You need to really take a look at why you are looking for work. Once you know why you’re looking for a new job, you will be able to figure out exactly what you want.
Figure Out Exactly What You Want
I know this may sound so simple I shouldn’t even need to mention it, but you’d be surprised how many people start looking for work before they have determined what they really want. I’m not necessarily talking about a job title or position, although that is important, I mean what do you want out of your new job? How do you want your new job to be different than your old job?
- Do you want to work in a larger office with plenty of room for advancement or would you prefer a smaller office with more of a close-knit family feel?
- Do you want a job where your employer encourages, and maybe even helps pay for and facilitate, continuing education classes?
- Is professional advancement important to you?
- Do you want or need specific hours?
- Would you rather work close to home or are you open to a short commute?
- What level of compensation are you looking to get? Do you have a specific range or minimum amount you seek?
- What type of benefits do you want?
Determine Your One Defining Factor
Once you know why you are looking and what you want exactly, now it’s time to figure out what the one key factor is in determining whether or not you will accept an extended job offer. What is the one defining factor which will get you to accept or cause you to pass up an offer?
Only at this point will you be able to update your resume appropriately and truly begin your job search. Should you need assistance with writing a powerful resume or you are looking for a position in the healthcare industry, don’t hesitate to take advantage of the various job listings and other resources at your disposal.
The People Link is a professional recruitment service specializing in finding and placing qualified healthcare candidates in positions throughout the United States. If you are actively looking for work as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, nurse practitioner or dentist, please feel free to visit my website or contact me at 818-890-9998 for a free, no-obligation consultation.