Your Career: Is the grass greener?

When you walk into the front door of your job do you hear Dolly Parton singing, 9-5? It may be time to start exploring new opportunities. I’ve always said, “the best time to look for a new job is when you have one.” Here are some tips that may help get you on your way.

A Recruiter will read your resume first.

A professional recruiter will understand the role in which they are recruiting for. While a recruiter may not have a background in bio-chemistry or web development, they most likely do understand what the company is looking for and what the hiring team is requiring. You should write your resume so that there is a strong, pithy narrative to help the recruiter understand not only your professional qualifications, but your personality.

I recommend you take a core requirement or two from the job posting and incorporate relevant examples of work you’ve done that relates to the requirement.

Setting up job agents.

Most job boards have a feature where you can set up key word alerts to email you when a job is posted that meets your requirements.  This is a huge time saver. I recommend you use a job aggregator like Indeed.com or SimplyHired.com. Have the updates filter into a “jobs” email folder. Visit it weekly.

Registering your resume.

For certain roles, Recruiters will “head-hunt.” Recruiters typically have commercial accounts with job boards like Dice.com, Monster.com and LinkedIn.com. They can type in a key word relevant to the job and create list of people to contact. A recruiter can’t find you however, if you haven’t posted your resume. I recommend you rework your resume to be keyword rich and get it posted.

By all means, get yourself a professional email address.

It may be cute that your fella calls you Suga Sammach or that your brother gave you the nickname Lizard Breath, and now it’s your email address.  Take five minutes, and register for an email address that doesn’t take away from your application. I recommend you register some form of your first and last name (stay away from including the year you graduated from high school).

Don’t change for change sake.

It happens all to often that people jump jobs because they’re tired of where they currently are, only to walk into the same situation. I have a rule that I measure new opportunities on their scale, scope and salary. When all those elements are aligned, then it may be a good time to make a move.

Trust your gut.

At the end of the day, you should trust your gut. Don’t be gullible or naive. Don’t be overly skeptical or skittish. Trust your instinct about the people you’re meeting with. Survey with your eyes and ears. Do online research and make the best decision you can make with all the information you have.

Do you have any job searching tips to share?