By Catherine Lang-Cline
I know what you are thinking, is it even possible to love a job search? I’m here to say that it can be. That is because with every change there comes opportunity, so if you look at it with those glasses on you will see the possibilities.
Let’s get really real for a moment. If you are laid off or if you are fired you can feel a bit scared or hopeless. You might also feel very relieved. Regardless of what brought you here, you need to get past the mourning process as quickly as you can and get busy with your new job of finding a job. Gather up all that you know about you;
What are you good at?
What do you want to do next?
What specific skills do you have?
What did you learn in your last job?
Look at it. Look at it again. You are a pretty awesome candidate for someone.
All of that goes into a resume update.
Really focus on your strengths,
Customize your resume for the job that you want putting those skills first
Send your resume in for job postings.
Job boards are not my favorite thing as they can be a bit of a black hole, but if you get no response you at least know what kind of roles they have
Make a friend with a recruiter.
Find and work with a recruiter that you can trust and really wants to help you
Be open to a temporary job that leads to full time
Temp jobs are a great way for YOU to try a company out.
Send your resume to any company that you would like to work at
Now is your chance to get into that company of your dreams
Find out who the hiring manager is and send your resume directly
Tell everyone you know that you are looking for your next opportunity
The more people that know that your skills are available, the more connections you will have for that dream job
If someone can recommend you, that is gold
Get ready to talk about YOU
This can be hard sometimes
Own what you have accomplished and tell them how YOU can help them.
This is where the love comes in. You have a great history of work. You have probably worked for some great companies and learned a lot of things that will benefit your next employer. Be proud of that, really proud. You are in a position to choose where YOU want to work now, maybe get that salary you deserve. The possibilities are endless but your job search doesn’t have to be if you have a resume that says what you can do and when you interview you can really sell you. Embrace the change and love you and what you can do.
Grab the cocktail sauce, the world is your oyster.