What Is the Goal of Your Job Search?

April 27th, 2017

Every person looking for a new job has a goal. You may not think about it in detail, but it’s there. And it’s an important part of your search. By knowing what your ultimate goal is, you can find the right job for you moving forward. So, while you’re looking, think about some of these common job search goals and determine which applies to you. If you stick to your mission and don’t allow yourself to get frustrated, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

You just want a job.

If you’re unemployed, the primary goal of your job search is probably to find a job. So how do you approach the job search when this is what you want to get out of your experience? In this case, look at all the possible options. Find a way that your experience can fit in with the needs of employers in your area.

You want a better job.

Maybe you are unhappy in your current position and you want a better job. The important thing to determine here is what constitutes “better?” What is it that you don’t like about your job? Is it your supervisor or coworkers? Is it the work that you’re doing? Is it the environment? Focus on these aspects when searching for a new job.

You want a new industry.

You could be interested in making an even broader change. Maybe you’ve been working in office administration but you want to transition to accounting because of continued education or simply an interest level. Focus on your transferable skills to find a job outside of your current role.

You want better hours or commute.

Your work/life balance may also be affected by your current job. Maybe you want more flexibility to have time at home with your family. Or maybe your commute is too extensive and creates more stress at the end of the day when you should really be able to relax with friends. Look for jobs that offer the hours you need, are closer to home, or have work from home options.

You want more money.

Of course, there is always the question of money. Do you think you’re being underpaid? Or have your expenses changed due to life circumstances? If your current company is unable, or unwilling, to provide a raise you may want to begin the process of looking for a new opportunity. Be realistic and do your homework by looking up the expected salary for your job and location on Salary.com.

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Job Candidate Just Because They’re Unemployed

July 21st, 2016

It is commonly believed that an unemployed candidate, especially one who’s been out of work for a while, isn’t a good hire. But is this true? Many employers lose out on hiring great candidates because they’re concerned about the six months or more of a job gap on a resume. Don’t give into this kind of prejudice off the bat when you’re considering resumes for your open position. Here are some things to think about as you’re talking to unemployed job seekers.

Learn about their gap.

Before you make a snap judgment, find out why they have been out of work. Start with their most recent position. Were they laid off? Were they fired, and if so, why? Did they leave the position? If you can find out the reasons for any of these you can start to piece together whether or not they will be a good fit for your company, the job, and the company culture.

Find out what they’ve been doing.

Since they left their last position, what have they been doing? The answer, “looking for a job,” is not the right one. Press them. Find out if they are volunteering or helping out a family member. Find out if they are working on a personal project. Knowing how they spend their time when not working will also help give you a better perspective.

Consider your company reputation.

If you decide not to hire this individual, what will that say about your company? The same consideration should be made if you do hire them. If your only reasons for passing on a candidate is that they are unemployed, consider their social reach. Will they discuss your decision in your community or on social media? And, if you feel they are not a good fit, you may also want to consider the implications to your company if you do hire them and act accordingly.

Understand the benefits of hiring.

While there are a few reasons you may not want to hire someone who is out of work, there are a lot of benefits to hiring them. They are eager to work. They are skilled. They bring with them years of knowledge from their previous employers. They may be willing to work on a trial basis or starting at a lower salary while you evaluate their contributions.

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