It has been said that the best time to look for water is when you are not thirsty. The same is true for job searching. The best time to lay the foundations for your job search is when you are happily employed. Here are some steps that you can take while you are working to put you ahead of the game when it’s time to start looking for a new position.
Keep your eyes open for opportunities. Browse job advertisements, visit the career section on the web sites of companies that interest you, and pay attention to news stories that may signal potential opportunities. The perfect position could come along when you are not expecting it, or you could get an idea of where to look in the future.
Keep your resume updated. Update your resume as you change positions, attend training sessions, or get certifications. By keeping your resume up to date, you will ensure that you can apply quickly when an opportunity presents itself.
Make note of your accomplishments. Keep track of your accomplishments, and of all the daily and special tasks that you do in your position. This information can be difficult to recall when you need it. If you already have a record of it, it will be easier for you to remember all of your related experiences and match your skills to a particular position.
Network. Since you are already employed, you are in a perfect position to network. You have access to people working in your field, and you won’t have to overcome the barrier of people thinking that you are only talking to them because you are looking for a job. Make use of this opportunity.
Plan your next step. While you are employed, it is a good idea to plan your next step. That way you can create an action plan to get there. You may need to take a course, or make connections within a particular company to get your ideal position. Sometimes laying the groundwork takes time. Take the necessary steps now so that there is no delay when you actually need to start looking.
By taking action while you are already employed, you will be positioning yourself to land your ideal job soon after (or even before) you start looking.
(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo From: krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)