How To Shorten Your Time Spent On Job Searching
via Forbes : How To Shorten Your Time Spent On Job Searching
Once you decide you want to make a job or career change, your first tendency is to feel impatient. You want to get through the murky uncertainty of the job search itself and have it behind you. I understand that. I don’t care for loose ends in my life, either.
Being in a rush might delay your success. You need to slow down and do your homework before diving in head first. The truth is, job hunting in today’s environment takes time. In fact, the only thing that is certain is that your job search will take longer than you think it should. For a while, the average job hunt was taking four-to-nine months from start to finish. Some of that time is spent waiting for HR to make a final offer. But the job search itself demands a lot of time.
You probably won’t want to hear this, but the best way to shorten your job search is to get help. Hire a coach. Find someone who is knowledgeable. You need someone who will care about your success and understands the process in its entirety.
I recognize that not everyone wants to hire a coach. Money is tight, especially if you are between jobs. You may have no money coming in at the moment, so hiring someone feels like a luxury you can’t afford.
In the event you can’t get professional help, you can turn to free resources that are at your disposal. Most colleges and universities offer free career services for alumni.
I happen to live in a city where at least two networking groups of job seekers exist. They coordinate their programs with one another and offer a combination of technical support and emotional support, including pro bono coaching for those who want it. Check out your city or town to see if there is a similar support network. If not, consider starting one! It is an excellent way to meet new people from other industries and walks of life.
Job hunting can often feel like riding a roller coaster, and if you stay on it long enough, it stops being fun. That’s why networking groups are so beneficial. Check in your area to see if a support group for job seekers is available.
The worst part of job searching is that when you are starting out, you don’t know what you don’t know. Unfortunately, in this case, the whole “ignorance is bliss” adage is not accurate. In fact, ignorance in job hunting can be downright dangerous! What you don’t know can and will hurt you. That’s why you need guidance along the way.
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