How to Make Time for a Job Search When You Already Have A Job …
It can be difficult to juggle search for a new job when you already have a job. After all, how are you supposed to make time for networking events, scouring job postings, and going to interviews when you have to worry about getting to where you need to be on time, taking calls, and getting along with coworkers at your current job? One thing is for sure, if you are looking for a job, try to keep it separate from your actual job. Indeed, do all you can to keep them separate to avoid creating awkward situations for yourself at your current job; after all, you still have to survive there, for now at least! In this post, we will look at some other ways that you can make the best of your job search while working at your current job.
1. Work on your search before and after work.
If you have any spare time in the hours before you go to work or when you get home for work, this is an ideal time for your search! Keep searching for recent job openings, but strive to do more than that. Send emails to contacts and prospective employers, schedule interviews, research potential career paths if you are seeking a change. While it is certainly difficult to manage your job search while you work, managing your spare time to fit your job search might be perfectly suitable.
2. Have time off? Use it to find your new position!
Similar to the above, having a “staycation?” If so, do not just use any vacation days to lounge around or run mundane errands. Use such days to get ahead in your job search! These days are perfect for scheduling interviews or for giving extra attention to research areas that you might have had to gloss over during your work week. Schedule meetings with colleagues or get to better understand your chosen industry. The possibilities are endless!
3. Manage your time.
Even on days when work rules all else, you might be able to find ways to squeeze in some job search time. Look up events in your area—whether networking events, conferences, or speakers—and find ones that interest you and may benefit you as you continue your job search and do not conflict with your schedule. You never know what you might learn!
Also try to hone your elevator pitch throughout the day. Ask a coworker during a lunch break to assess your professional objectives and share how you are perceived. If you are invited to interview and time away from the office is a concern, schedule interviews during meals. Additionally, set up informational meetings during meal times – this will give you the chance to talk freely and openly outside of more restrictive interview settings.
It is important to keep your eye on all open avenues, especially when you cannot thoroughly explore them during work hours. So be sure not to close them off. Just because you have a job now does not mean that you cannot network as meaningfully and successfully as those fresh to the job market. So get yourself out there! Market yourself and be sure to keep all information up-to-date on social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. Further, go to professional events. Be sure to introduce yourself to two-three people.
5. Prepare your documents.
In your off hours, be sure that your documents are prepared and are up to date. Make sure that you have adequate information about your professional achievements on you resume, cover letter, and on all of your social media profiles. Case studies, reports, and recent conference appearances all show evidence of your abilities and of your willingness to keep striving for greatness even when currently employed, which is what employers like to see. After all, only you can truly motivate yourself to strive for greater greatness.
6. Don’t get stuck!
Your current job may be demanding in its own right, but do not let that stop you from pursuing new and fulfilling opportunities. Believe it or not, many employers understand that applicants have current jobs and responsibilities to attend to and are therefore willing to get in touch with you outside normal business hours.
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