If you're in a job that you're not enjoying, seeking a new opportunity can feel overwhelming. But with the right approach and preparation, you can find yourself happily employed sooner than you think! Here are some of my tips to consider when looking f...
If you're in a job that you're not enjoying, seeking a new opportunity can feel overwhelming. But with the right approach and preparation, you can find yourself happily employed sooner than you think! Here are some of my tips to consider when looking for a new job while still employed:
1. Think strategically about interview timing: Decide when it's best to interview for another position, such as at the end of your current work day or on weekends. Keep in mind that most employers want to see evidence that you've been able to manage your time efficiently, so interview during times when you know that your current job won't be affected.
2. Network, network, network: Your professional networks can help open doors to new opportunities. Attend industry-related events and conferences, use social media platforms like LinkedIn to reach out to potential employers, and, most importantly - ask for referrals! Having a referral from someone already in the hiring process is critical in making it easier and faster for you to land an interview.
3. Do your research: Know what type of role you are looking for and who is hiring, and do your homework on the company before sending in any applications or attending interviews. Not only will this give you a better understanding of whom they are looking for, but it will also enable you to interview when it doesn't interfere with your current job duties.
4. Get organized: Make sure your documents are up-to-date and easily accessible. Have an organized list of references and a portfolio of work samples before you interview.
5. Be honest: When it comes to job interviews, honesty is always the best policy. If you’re asked why you're looking for a new role, keep your answers focused on what made this particular opportunity stand out and how your current experience can benefit the company.
By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to finding a job that suits your needs while still employed at your current position.
About Dr. Ryan Giffen:
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ryan Giffen is an expert in human relations and business culture. His career began in hospitality, leading operations and human resource departments for Fortune 500 companies and the like.
Not long after, Ryan found his passion for teaching and consulting. He earned a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management with a Human Resources focus from Iowa State University and now works as an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. For over a decade, he has continued to research and speak on organizational culture, relationship intelligence, and leadership effectiveness.
Ryan is also the founder of Inospire, a company helping bosses and employees build stronger relationships with one another as well as the host of the Corporate Shadow Podcast.
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