This is the time of the year when people are either laid off or seeking to start a new venture in the new upcoming year. Even throughout the year, a career change can be stressful or enjoyable. Finding a new job is not always easy, especially if you’ve been out of the job market for a while. I always suggest to my clients to take some time to seek out what you like, what you’ve been wanting to do and adjust your life accordingly until you find it.
There’s nothing worse than looking for a job and you can’t find one or looking for one and you get one you don’t like. Since we spend most of our waking hours working, it’s very important to do what you like a little bit at least. Check out my top 9 ways to find your dream job. At least one of them should prove to be money in the bank.
1. Prospect among friends and family. Often people hire based on referrals. Sometimes there’s a bonus attached. Maybe friends or family know someone in a company where you would like to work. No one can speak about you like friends or family. Ask them to be on the lookout if they know of anyone seeking what you have to offer.
2. Keep a positive mindset. The mind is a terrible thing to waste. It can literally get the best of you if you don’t keep it focused. Looking for a job and, wanting a new career can be depressing. It’s important to stay around people who encourage you and want the best for you in the process. If you need balance and find yourself doubted more than being encouraged, sign up for my 5 DAY MINDSET CHALLENGE.
3. Attend happy hour near major corporations. Often when work is over, some people still go across the street to the pub or a local diner. You go as well and network in the gathering. Start with small talk and conversation. Make certain to have a business card or resume with you so they know how to get in contact with you. This is a perfect time to see what and who people are outside the corporate walls.
4. Volunteer for a charity, school or employer. There are so many organizations that can’t afford to pay people to come in to do the work. Even though that sounds daunting at first, you could be what they need to turn the organization around. By offering your services and showing your skills, you are literally inconspicuously interviewing. If they can’t hire you right now, they may be able to in the future or know of another organization that can.
5. Create a document that solves a problem for the organization. Often people on the inside can’t see what someone on the outside does. If you notice an area that could be corrected or improved, find out who the head of the department is and find a solution to the problem. Dress it up like a proposal and submit it. Not only will they be intrigued, they may just hire you in that position to implement your strategy. You never know unless you try.
6. Find out who the hiring managers are and pick up the phone. The reality is most likely they won’t talk to you, BUT you never know if you don’t try. If you don’t get to speak with them, get their email address and send a convincing email notating your skills and accomplishments and how you would add value to the organization by being added to the team. If you want to take it a step further, send the hiring manager something to remember you by with your resume included. Hey… whatever it takes to stand out, do it!
7. Search social media for decision makers and influencer's in your industry. Social media is more than socializing and posting pictures. It’s a gold mine for people who own corporations and people who know people who do. Become a social butterfly. Connect with people who have influence. Communicate, communicate, communicate and build a relationship. Your network is your net worth and perhaps your next step towards your dream job. I share how to use social media to your advantage in THE MASTER TIP MANUAL FOR PERSONAL SUCCESS.
8. Step outside of your industry and try something new. Opportunity is always available and something new may be just what you need. Research different industries and seek to find what you have that is transferrable. This may include more salary, greater responsibility and more opportunity. When you stay with what you are comfortable with, it’s difficult to get your up level to your next level. Step around the box and explore. You never know what it will have in store for you.
9. Create your own job. If you are still looking for a job after 6 months, you’ve wasted a significant amount of time. The internet has provided so many opportunities for people to work at home or on the go. You could become an independent contractor/freelancer doing what you did on your job. Charge your own rates and become your own boss. Work with as many companies and people you choose to on your time. You also get the opportunity to decide who you don’t want to work with too. Creating a job for yourself gives you the best of both worlds. The only thing is you cannot treat a business like a job. If you don’t work, you won’t get paid. Owning your own business requires you to show up everyday regardless. Even if you don't feel like it or if you're sick. Need help starting a business? I can help you here.
If you find these tips helpful, share them with a friend. If you need assistance creating your next move in your career and you feel stuck or lost, contact me for a FREE one on one consult at I NEED CLARITY. Learn more about what I do to help you here. Are you social? Join me on INSTAGRAM for inspiration, motivation and information to help you jump out of your comfort zone and into your gifts.
Until next time many blessings and much peace,