Whether you're simply unhappy with your current job or are fresh out of school and looking for a place to start, searching for a job can be overwhelming. While it's not always the most fun or satisfying endeavor, a well-approached job search is worth it in the end. Once you find the company that is a good fit for your personality and your goals, it can change your career satisfaction, attitude and day-to-day life.
But where to begin?
Refurbish your resume.
While you want your resumé to be concise and to-the-point, try not to simply list titles, like manager, president or valedictorian. Employers want to know what you did with that position. Your resumé should show employers measurable successes, as well as highlight your personal and professional skills.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers between the ages of 18 and 38 will change jobs approximately 10 times. That means a lot of job hunting. The sooner you get to thinking about what you want, the better. Seek out companies that are filling positions you could really be passionate about. Focus on the strengths of the company, the experience you can gain and the challenge of the position, not just the paycheck.
One of the best ways to find job leads and learn about hiring companies is to ask the people you know. Networking doesn't have to mean business lunches and professional e-mails to your old boss. Your best resources can be friends, family, former co-workers, your workout partner or your old roommate. Chances are that these people can put you in contact with recruiters from companies around your city.
Utilize your alma mater as a resource.
If you're a college graduate, no matter how recent, your school likely has a number of resources that can help you through the job search. Does your alma mater have any of the following?
• Career center
• Resume writing workshops
• Interview preparation
• Alumni association
• Career fairs
Above all, remember to be patient. Often, just finding the right companies to interview with is the hardest part. Remember that a successful job search isn't a race to see how many offers you can land, but a serious opportunity to find your best fit. Good luck!