If you’ve been at your job a while, odds are you’re not feeling as challenged as you used to. You may not have access to as many professional development opportunities as you’d like. You might not be able to cross-train in another department that interests you. Perhaps you’ve moved as high as you can within the company. Whatever the reason, it’s time to make a career change.
Here’s how to find a new organization when your job gets stale.
Find Job Postings
Look for targeted job postings. Use search engines, job banks, and company websites. Check out networking sites, niche job sites and sites listed by type of job. Use keywords that match your interests. Download job search apps and tools to organize your search.
Connect with Contacts
Let your contacts know you’re looking for a new position. Include people you went to college with former colleagues, members of a professional association, people who work at the companies you want to and people in managerial positions. They may be able to help you out or put you in touch with someone who can.
Write down which companies you want to work for. Research all you can to decide whether a job opening and company culture are a match for you. If you like the culture but aren’t qualified for a vacancy, sign up for email notifications of future openings.
Tailor Your Cover Letter and Resume
Modify your cover letter and resume to match each job you apply for. Show employers, you have the knowledge, skills and experience required to be successful in a position. Link your qualifications to the hiring criteria in the job posting. Use the same keywords to show you’re the best candidate for the role.
Prepare for Interviews
Get ready for each interview well in advance. Thoroughly research the company. Find out all you can about the interviewer, including the commonalities you share. Practice answering and asking interview questions. Point out how your experience and accomplishments have prepared you for success in the role.
Send a follow-up email after each interview. Thank each interviewer for their time. Mention three things you talked about. Reiterate your interest in the position. Remind the hiring manager why you’re best qualified for the role.
Accept or Decline a Job Offer
After you receive a job offer, carefully decide whether you want to accept it, or keep looking. Thoroughly evaluate the offer to determine whether it fits your needs and interests. If it does, sign the paperwork. If not, ask whether you can negotiate the terms, add perks or make a counteroffer. If you’re unable to continue with your job search until you find something that better suits you.
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