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There can be many reasons for which you want to get a new job. Your motivation depends tremendously if you already have an income source or if you are unemployed. When you already have a job, you don’t have to worry about being able to pay the bills.
You afford to take your time to find a well-paid job that will be more satisfying than your current job.
The desire to have more opportunities, to evolve professionally and being passionate about your work, are all reasons that will make the potential employer feel that you are a valuable person that is determined to do a good job and help his or her career.
There are many things that you have to pay attention when you are searching for a new job.
The way you present yourself and the first impression you give makes all the difference. For example, if the reasons for which you want to leave your current job are negative (not liking your colleagues, too much stress, not being able to handle all the work) avoid telling that at interviews.
Talking badly about your current workplace will make the interviewer fear that you may do the same about them if they hire you.
To help you get a new job, we reached out to 10 career experts and asked them:
“What’s your best advice for searching for a new job while you’re still present at your current employer?”
This is the first part of a new series of posts on this topic. Hope you will enjoy reading it.
Amy Perrone – Create Your Destiny
Amy is a career coach and advisor to executives. She helps her clients identify their motivation and true purpose so she can guide them in their career.
As a career coach and advisor to executives, the quandary of looking for a job while employed is a common occurrence.The most practical advice is DO NOT QUIT YOUR JOB before you have another one.Click To Tweet
People who are employed will find their next job quicker and easier than people who are unemployed. Retained recruiters normally will not consider anyone who is not currently employed.
How do you look for a job without letting others know you are looking for a job?
As recently as a couple of days ago, one of my clients had this dilemma. A senior executive working in an industry with a limited number of competitors, he was afraid that word would get back to his company if he openly let it be known he was looking for another job.
#1 Use your current job as cover for contacting staff at other companies.
How do you do this? Depending on your position, there are a number of cover stories you could use for contacting staff at another company including the following.
Networking is all the rage today so few people are going to be suspicious if you contact them and ask to be connected on LinkedIn. It’s a bit more challenging if you cold call someone you don’t know but even this can work especially if it’s one professional calling another.
If someone has written a blog, white paper, or spoken at a conference or professional meeting, that’s all the opening you need. If not, their expertise is reason enough to contact them.
Invite them to Speak
You can ask them to be part of a speaker’s panel or come talk to people at your company.
Business Development or a Sales Call
Follow-Up From a Professional Event
Make sure you get business cards of others attending professional meetings, conferences, and trainings. Don’t be like everyone else who never does anything with all the business card they collect. Call and invite people to meet for coffee.
Responding to Something the Person Wrote or Said at a Professional Event
Write down the names and companies of people who are speakers at professional events. Then call them after, mention you heard them speak, and invite them to meet for coffee.
Call to ask for their Experience in Solving a Specific Problem or Challenge
Most people like to help. Unfortunately, most of us are rarely asked to help.
Call to Pick Their Brain
You can ask for suggestions on any topic, problem, or trend specific to your job and industry.
Contact them to ask about trends they are seeing in the marketplace or industry
Ask them to Participate in an Informal Survey
#2 Advice: Develop a relationship before you ask for a favor.
Friends are quicker to help other friends. No one likes to feel like they’re being used. Offer to help someone before you ask for help.
#3 Advice: Have a Clear Long Term Goal For The Each Person you Contact
The goal is to create a relationship with someone at the target company who could offer one of the following benefits…
1. Hire you
2. Refer you to another executive at the company,
3. Vouch for you (which gives you immediate credibility)
4. Give you helpful hints or information about the company
5. Suggest others you should contact at other companies
6. Become a mentor
7. Provide helpful hints, advice or information about the industry
#4 Advice: Have a system for tracking Your Contacts & Activities
#5 Advice: Make a Definite Commitment to Your Job Search
That means committing to X number of hours a week you’ll engage in job search activities. It means making a long-term commitment that you keep. Job search is a marathon, not a sprint.
#6 Advice: Contact retained executive recruiters that are specialists in your industry or specialty, e.g. finance, human resources, sales, operations, manufacturing.
A retained executive recruiter will keep your search confidential.
#7 Advice: Make it easy for Recruiters to Find You: Put your email on your LinkedIn Profile twice.
Make sure you give permission for the general public to see your email in the Contact and Personal Information Section. Also, include it in the descriptive paragraph under your name.
#8 Advice: Make it easy for Recruiters to Find You: Be a public speaker, hold an officer position for an industry association, contribute to blogs, write blogs, have a web page.
Anza is a Business & Empowerment coach serving entrepreneurs & small businesses.
Be classy about your search. Be considerate of your current employer. Schedule your interviews outside of work hours so you don’t interfere with your regular responsibilities. Keep your head in the game and maintain a positive attitude.
Demonstrate your character to your future potential employer the same courtesies they would expect in your exit plan from their company.Protect your reputation, have integrity on both sides of the employment coin.Click To Tweet
Don’t advertise your desire to leave to colleagues. Loose lips sink ships, someone may let the cat out of the bag before you are ready for the news to be common knowledge.
Don’t use work resources to find a new job. Searching job sites on your work computer is a sure way to get discovered. Resist the urge to use your social media profiles to network for potential leads.
Reply to emails before work, during your lunch or in the evening to respond to potential employers. Make return calls outside of the office, go to your car to maintain privacy.
Don’t use your current employer on your references list. Use your LinkedIn profile for endorsements for recommendations to demonstrate your success in your current role. Future employees are more likely to check out recommendations on this site because they can’t be fabricated.
Be intentional about the move you want to make and have a clear objective of the job you want to land. Have a clear picture of the experience and value you bring to the new position so you can sell your skills effectively in the interview process.
Jason Lavis – Drillers
Jason Lavis is a Partner & Webmaster at drillers.com, one of the oldest oil and gas websites in the world. As literally THE oldest oil and gas jobs site in existence, it has helped countless people secure drilling jobs. In addition, there have been valuable technical resources available to users.
Most vacancies are still filled internally or through networking, even if they’re officially advertised for legal or procedural reasons. If you feel that it’s time to leave, the chances are that your co-workers can feel it and you might be finished sooner than you think. This will leave you in a tough position with thousands of jobless people chasing the same vacancies.
The remedy to this, is to treat your career as a process, and job moves as part of it.Spend your time networking and bonding with peers in your industry, whether they're at your firm or not.Click To Tweet
You can do this ethically by joining online groups and attending industry events and seminars. Over time you’ll be offered, and discover new opportunities. A job transition should be a process – not an event.
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