If you have lofty goals to find a new position in 2016, you’ll want to pay close attention to current job search trends. This way, you’ll have an easier time finding a new position that’s exciting and rewarding—and fits more closely with the career you’ve envisioned for yourself. So grab your computer, pull up a chair and get started with our top five job search tips.
Five ways to find a new job this year
There’s no time like right now to try any of the following:
- Find your unique skill set. This may seem obvious, but in order to find the perfect job for you, you’ll need to know exactly what you’re good at. Review your personal strengths, using an assessment such as the Myers-Briggs, and then look for a position centered around your skills. Another strategy is to think about what skills come easy to you, or those which you enjoy doing, and seek out a job that allows you to use your natural talents.
- Determine what you don’t like. What about your current job isn’t a good fit? If you can pinpoint exactly what you don’t like, you can be sure to avoid a similar situation in your new job. Be specific: Is it a particular role or responsibility, management style or type of corporate culture? The more you understand what you don’t like, the more you’ll be able to avoid it.
- Dream about the big picture. Every job you take should be another stepping stone on the path to your ultimate career. When you think about your long-term goals, your short-term actions will fall into place much more easily. If you’re not quite sure of your long-term goal, that’s OK. Decide for now what you think you might like, and then revisit your goal every year or so to be sure you’re on track.
- Change one thing at a time. You can’t do everything at once, but you can do something. This is true of life and your career. Let’s say you want to make changes, but you don’t have a huge appetite for risk. In that case, take small steps: Tack on additional responsibility at your current job; shift your position within your current company; then look around for something outside your company. Sometimes, you may find that making small changes can improve your job satisfaction just as much as big changes.
- Don’t jump too quickly. It’s usually easier to find a job when you have a job. So even if you’re entirely unhappy in your current position, stay put until you have something else. Allow your forward momentum to boost your spirits. Remember that you’re not treading water—you’re taking steps every day to move forward in your career. It’s just a matter of time until you find something new.
Is it time?
If you’re ready for a new job, we can help. Just reach out to the staffing experts at Employment Professionals Canada. As the leading recruiting firm in the Niagara Region, we have the connections and experience to help you find a great new position. We’ll work with you to gain the skills you need to turn temporary work into permanent employment. Contact us today to learn more!