You’ve decided to look for a new job — one that aligns with your interests; but you don’t know where to begin. Searching for a new job can be intimidating, and succumbing to your job-search fears is not uncommon. However, by having clarity on what you want to do, actively networking, and drafting an eye-catching resume, you will be well on your way to getting where you want to be.
A recent article on Après lists three of the most common situations that can stir up fear in job-seekers — and provides tips on how to overcome them. Here are the main points:
1. Uncertainty of which specific job or career path to pursue.
To identify what you want to do, think about your values, interests and strengths. You should seek a field that you are genuinely interested in and passionate about, and one in which you feel you can utilize your skills and experience growth.
2. Trouble writing your resume.
Recruiters spend less than 10 seconds reviewing an individual resume. To increase the chances of yours getting into the “yes” pile, consider the following:
- Lead with a summary statement of your qualifications.
- Emphasize results, not responsibilities.
- Mirror the language and values used in the description of the job you’re going after.
- Include volunteer experience.
- Use a professional email address.
- Include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
3. Don’t know how to network effectively.
If you scheduled an informational interview/meeting with someone who can potentially help you in your search, be sure to research that person’s work background and have a firm grasp on your career interests before you meet with him/her. Networking is a great opportunity not only to pitch yourself, but to learn how people got to where they are, listen to career advice and make connections.
Overall, whenever fear arises, remember why you want a new job and let your passion drive you forward!
Our website offers downloadable tools and articles on Exploring Your Options, as well as tips for writing your resume, in the Looking for Work section. And be sure to check out our free Resume Review Service for customized feedback on your resume. If you have any questions or concerns about how to approach your job hunt, consider posting to our Ask a Career Coach board.