It’s said that looking for a new job is a full-time undertaking. If you’re already working, this can make things all the more stressful, as you try to find the time for applications and interviews. Our top tips will help you lighten the load when it comes to the pressures of job hunting whilst in a full time role.
Keep work separate from your job search
You’ll need to employ a bit more stealth in your search than you would if you were a free agent. Unless you’ve been given express permission to use company resources to job hunt (this could happen if there is a risk of redundancies, for example), avoid using working hours for your search. At best this is unprofessional and at worst you could be facing a dismissal if caught out.
There will undoubtedly be reasons why you are looking for a new role, but try not to let this impact your performance. Give the same effort you always have day-to-day and don’t draw attention to yourself by checking out early. People who suddenly adopt a ‘couldn’t-care-less’ attitude are sending out fairly strong signals that they no longer want to be at a company.
Be extremely cautious with what you post on social media. Derogatory comments about your current place of work – no matter how accurate – are dangerous. Who knows if this could be seen by a friend-of-a-friend who happens to be the third cousin of your boss. In any event, it’s not unheard of for employers to keep an eye on employees’ accounts.
For the same reason, don’t be vocal about your plans to leave, unless you want to raise a few eyebrows or risk a conversation with your boss. Unless you have absolute confidence in the discretion of your colleagues, telling just one person could mean telling the whole office.
You know you will need to use your free time to apply for jobs. To get organised, it can help to plan your day or week in advance. If you’re a morning person, get up an hour earlier. If you’re more productive in the evening, set aside an hour when you get home from work. Either way, look at your schedule and consider where you will allocate time for planning, researching, sending emails, applications, writing cover letters or following up.
Set yourself goals and targets that you want to achieve by a certain time or date. Since it can take time to secure interviews, or even hear back from employers, feeling like you are taking continual action and making small achievements can really help to keep you motivated.
If you are invited to an interview, schedule this outside of working hours where possible. Most recruiters will be understanding about the fact that candidates in employment might struggle to attend interviews at certain times in the day. If there is absolutely no way of arranging your interview for a time before or after work, or you will need to travel some distance to attend, consider booking a day off as holiday. This will raise far fewer questions than calling in sick!
Check out our blog post on increasing productivity to help you plan your time.
Make your time count
When a candidate is desperate to find a new job, they can end up applying for things they don’t really want, or aren’t suited to. Be careful not to fall into this trap, because aside from you not actually wanting the role, recruiters can tell if an application is half-hearted and this is a waste of everyone’s time.
Think about what you can do to attract a job offer that doesn’t require ongoing time management. Is your LinkedIn account up-to-date and does it promote you as well as it could? New employers often use LinkedIn as a way of finding out more about potential candidates, so make sure your profile grabs their attention.
Take a break!
It can take longer than expected to secure interviews and job offers, so don’t feel like you must spend every waking hour job hunting. Keep setting goals and dedicating your allocated time to finding that perfect job. Whilst we salute dedication to the cause, it’s important to take time out and reward yourself on progress as you go along, even if certain activity doesn’t lead to a result right away. Furthermore, it’s so important that you look after your own well-being – job hunting is a draining task, so keeping some time for yourself can help you to maintain a positive mindset throughout the experience.
All this sound like a lot of hard work? Let us take some of the pressure off – send over your details today and we’ll contact you to discuss our active roles. As well as looking to fill live vacancies, here at RE Resource, we also like to work closely with our clients to provide them with the most talented workforce. So if we think you’re well suited to a company – we will ‘pitch’ you to them – giving them the opportunity to create a role for you. We pride ourselves on our relationships with both our clients and our candidates and as such we’re well trusted and well respected.