Q. Everyone tells me I should look for a new job now that the pandemic has eased up and companies in my field are hiring. They are right about that. I have been stuck in the same position without any chance of advancement for 5 years; I do not like the boss they recently promoted over me, and I am earning less than I should for someone with my experience. But I cannot seem to move. I am clinging to my job when I should let go. How do your other resume clients motivate themselves to go job seeking?
A. Many people cling to a job that no longer works for them. Some of them refuse to move on because they are comfortable; they know the people, routine, and expectations at their current company. Some doubt their abilities. Worries about finances also play a part—will they command more money, and will the new commute eat up the difference in salary? Some individuals feel a stigma about “giving up,” even if their current situation is causing them stress and unhappiness.
But the biggest reason people fear changing jobs is that they do not know where to begin a job search. A job search may require skills that they lack or have not used in a long time, including online searches, video and in-person interviews, deciding where to apply and what compensation they want, and writing a resume.
These four techniques will help motivate you to begin your job search:
- Set an achievable goal and direction. Here is where research shows its value. What is the next logical step in your career, and what routes can you take there? For example, you might move to a larger or smaller company, transfer your skills and accomplishments to a new industry, or move from an established company to a startup. If you are unsure about the direction you want your career to take, now is an excellent time to consult a career coach.
- Set up a process. You must keep track of where and when you sent each resume; any responses you receive; the dates and times of interviews; and the names and contact information of people you speak or write to. Whether you keep the information online or on paper, you must be able to find it quickly when companies call or email you.
- Fill in the blanks. Does your resume feel lackluster? It may be time to partner with a professional resume writer. Are you frightened of interviews? You may benefit from working with a career coach. Are job listings or advertisements asking for certifications or other credentials you lack? You may want to investigate training opportunities within or outside your current company.
- Allow yourself time to breathe. For someone who is already employed, a job search cannot be a 365/24/7 effort; live your life and devote just a little time each day to your search. You want to go to an interview feeling relaxed and confident, with the support of your family and friends—not desperate and beaten down. One day away from your job search is not the same as abandoning it, but a chance to rejuvenate and reconnect.
When you are ready for that first step, Robin’s Resumes® is prepared to join your team. We take pride in helping job seekers with professional coaching, resume writing, and advice.