There’s no good reason to stick with a job that makes you miserable. Whether you’ve become fed up with the commute, hate your boss’s micromanagement or lost your zeal for the work itself, you owe it to yourself to seek new opportunities.
It’s not advisable to quit your job until you have something else lined up, no matter how good it might feel to walk out the door for the last time. But finding a new job is easier said than done. Job hunting has become easier and more complicated at the same time, thanks to the Internet.
It’s easier in that online job boards post hundreds of openings 24/7; more complicated because there are so many choices and avenues that it’s easy to get lost. Even if you’re sufficiently motivated to find a new career opportunity, you may feel as though you’re spinning your wheels.
Finding a new job can be a tedious, time-consuming process, so persistence is a key. Your time is valuable, and a successful job search means being selective and making the most of the time you spend on it.
Although it’s important, on one hand, to cast a wide net, you don’t want to waste your time and employers’ time by applying for every job opening you come across. Make sure the jobs you’re applying for are a good fit for your skills and qualifications — otherwise you’d be better off using that time to hone your resume and portfolio, for example.
Speaking of your portfolio, presenting yourself professionally and putting your best foot forward are key elements to a successful job search. While it might include polishing your resume, it also requires dressing professionally for interviews and maintaining a respectable presence on social media.
If you’re eager to find a new job but feel like you’re not making progress, peruse the tips in the accompanying infographic — they just might help you gain some traction on your job search.
By Joe Harks
Content Marketing Specialist