If your answers from the last post’s questions convinced you it’s time to move on, here are some pointers to get you started in your new job search.
- Begin your day in prayer: spend time in the morning thanking God for the day and for His direction in your life. Continue in prayer and with a devotional reading. You will gain encouragement and strength.
- Network: share your resume and job search with as many people as you know. That includes neighbors, your dentist, your church family and your extended family. Encourage those people to let others know you are looking for a change. The more people who know you are looking, the more opportunities you may have to explore. The key to networking is not necessarily asking the contacts for a job but, rather, asking them if they know anyone who is in need of your talent. Many organizations also post jobs and others offer job search workshops or support groups.
- Market yourself: networking will lead to people asking you about education, experience and your dream job. Be prepared to sell yourself with a 30 second “infomercial” or “elevator speech” you can share in short or introductory conversations or when you are asked to tell someone about yourself and what you are looking for. The key is to be prepared, confident and concise.
- Remain positive: never speak negatively of your company or boss. It will not help your cause or career to air dirty laundry or appear to be a complainer. If you suffered a bad experience or were wronged, discuss in private with a Godly friend and pray for a positive attitude.
- Dress for success: even in our business casual world, it is always best to be over dressed. Hiring managers actually do judge the book by its cover and notice stained clothing, messy hair and dirty fingernails. If in doubt, change your clothes and dress to impress.
- Harness the power of social media: potential bosses are scrutinizing them so review and edit your Face Book account as well as maximize your Linked In profile. Consider joining discussion groups to learn more about a new profession or keep current with your own. Most employers check social media sites as a part of their reference checking process.
Your job search will be time consuming and require effort. Get to work and you will find your ideal position that much sooner. God blesses perseverance.
Over your entire work life, changing jobs can be necessary in order for you to achieve your career and life goals. Changing job can be a part of your career strategy if done for the right opportunities and reasons. Ultimately you work for God. If it is time for a change, pray about it and follow His direction.