Searching for a new job can take up a lot of time and energy. It’s nerve-wracking—your entire career rests on a thorough search, a stellar resume, and exceptional interviewing skills. In today’s competitive job market, you want to be as smart and prepared as you can. Here’s how to unleash your career’s potential and maximize the results from your job search.
How To Maximizing Your Career
1. Discover your motives
Ask yourself why you want a new job. Is your current position no longer challenging? Is the company culture not the right fit? Is the management style incompatible with your professional preferences? Consider what kind of job would be the best fit, in which industry you would like to work, and the level of difficulty you’re comfortable with.
2. Make a list of must-haves.
Lay out your absolute must-haves in a new job. Be honest and be specific—what salary and benefits will you require? In what kind of company culture would you thrive? Location—are you willing to take on a long commute or relocate? What tasks and responsibilities should the position include? Decide which of these factors are negotiable and which are required to make a job right for you.
3. Be honest about your skills.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses to determine which types of jobs you are qualified for. If you’re not eligible for your dream job, how can you get there? Do you need to take additional courses? Or maybe you need more experience. Can you accept an entry-level position at your ideal company and work your way up to the level of your dream job? It may only take a year, but do you have the patience to wait and work if it takes as long as five or six years.
4. Make time to research.
Dedicate time to search. Look at job boards, company websites, and specific requirements for the industries you are most interested in. Network with people in industries of interest and share your career ambitions with friends and family. You never know who might be able to point you in the right professional direction. Set aside time each day and be disciplined about it. Otherwise, it’ll get pushed to the back burner, and you’ll never make the time to find your dream job.
5. Practice and prepare
As you schedule interviews, rehearse your answers to common interview questions and generate a list of questions for you to ask your interviewer. Prepare specific examples from your work history for behavioral questions such as, “Tell me about a time when you made a mistake on the job.” Or “How did you handle working on a team with a coworker you didn’t like.” Customize your resume for each open position so that your skills echo the job requirements, and it’s clear to the hiring manager that you seem like a perfect fit.
6. Partner with The Panther Group
The Panther Group can help you advance your career. They want to know about your experiences, interests, and ambitions so they can help you realize your long-range visions for your career. They’ll work with you to get you your dream job, by your target deadline, and keep things confidential if you need it. Twenty-five years in the business has given them the experience and connections to help you reach your goals.
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For more on how The Panther Group can help steer your career, contact our team at The Panther Group.