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Many people will have different reasons for why they want to leave their job. You might simple want to be in a job that pays you a higher wage. You might be bored or overworked in the job you currently have. Your manager or your work colleagues might be irritating you on a daily basis and you could have finally reached your limit with their behavior. Whatever the reason, these steps should help you find a new job as soon as possible. The list of things that you need to do to find a new job quickly are as follows:
- Get Into the Right Mindset
- Be Proactive and Consistent
- Sign up for Email Alerts From Job Website
- Dedicate at Least One Hour or Two If Possible a Day to Your Job Search
- Tell People That You Trust That You Are Looking for a New Job
- Set up a Facebook and a Google Alert for Jobs in Your Area
1. Get Into the Right Mindset
Before you even think about looking for a new job, you need to get into the right frame of mind. You need to really want to find a new job. If you haven’t reached this stage yet, then you won’t be as enthusiastic when it comes to looking for a new job. You might still look online for a job but you won’t be as dedicated as those who really want to find something new. There needs to be something that is the driving force behind your decision to leave your current job and find a new one.
Write Out a List of Issues That You Have With Your Current Job
This list achieves two things. Firstly it lists out all of the reasons why you want to leave your job and secondly it also helps you to identify the issues that are causing you to no longer like your workplace.
If these issues are addressed, then you might actually be willing to stay in your current job. However if you are extremely unhappy in your workplace, then this list will help keep you focused on your job search.
Store Your List Somewhere Safe
Everybody will have a number of different things on their list about why they want to leave their current job. Once you have a list of reasons about why you want to leave, now you need to write these reasons down in your diary or in the memo app on your cellphone. Make sure that this list is somewhere handy so that you can refer back to it if you need to.
What Is the Aim of the List
You need to always keep this list of reasons why you want to leave your job in the front of your mind when you are job searching. It is very easy to get defeated in your job search especially if you cannot find anything suitable in your locality or in the industry that you work in.
2. Be Proactive and Consistent
When you are looking for a new job you need to be consistent in your job search. You cannot take a day off. The more time you spend online or offline looking for a new job, the better your chances are of finding something that suits your specifications. You need to set aside some time each day to look for a new job
Most online job platforms update their database daily with new job listings so you really need to be checking them out as often as possible. Online newspapers can have a job section on their website that allows employers to post their vacancies as they arise and these can change daily so you need to always be checking them out to find jobs in your area.
Do a Job Search on Your Commute
If you use public transport then you can check out job websites during your commute. However if you drive to work then you might need to take some time out during your lunch break to check out their websites.
Make It Part of Your Daily Routine
You need to make this job search part of your daily routine and you need to be consistent each day at checking out these job websites in your spare time.
3. Sign up for Email Alerts From Job Websites
This next task does not involve too much work. All you need to do is find some reputable job websites that employers use to post their jobs on. You need to make sure that it is a website that you trust as you will most likely need to upload your resume onto it to apply for jobs.
Usually you can do a google search and find some websites but it is better if you use ones that you know that have a good reputation and also ones that are specific to your area or region.
Here are some common ones that many of us know.
When you sign up with for job alerts with these websites, you can narrow down the job you want to a location, a job type, an industry and the type of employer you want it to be. They choice here is usually between a recruitment company or the company.
4. Dedicate at Least One Hour or Two If Possible a Day to Your Job Search
This task might not be possible for many people to complete. However if possible try to dedicate at least one hour to this task. If you can spare two then this is even better.
Job Search During Your Commute
If you commute to work on public transport then you should spend your commute checking out job websites to see if there are any new job alerts posted. If you cannot do this on your commute, then try to take fifteen to thirty minutes out of your lunch break to check for any new jobs posted on the websites that you have signed up to.
Job Alerts Into Your Email
When you get job alerts into your email address, sometimes each website can list a range of different jobs in your industry. The email alerts will give you a little sample of the job but you will still need to click into the job to find the rest of the details. So by the time you read it, five minutes could have past. So if you have lots of email alerts, then it can be time consuming checking out the ones that are of interest to you. That is why you need to ensure that when you set up the alert on their website that you have narrowed it down as much as possible to the criteria that meets your requirements.
Set up Job Alerts on Many Websites
The jobs listed on LinkedIn most likely won’t be listed on Indeed.com. So that is why you need to set up different job alerts on different job recruitment websites. If you can set up alerts on three to four websites then you will have more job options to choose from as each website could be used by different companies to post a job on it.
Split up Your Tasks
The reason you need to spend at least an hour each day looking on job websites is because you are going to be checking out your email alerts, the online or offline job postings in the newspapers and all of this will take time.
Also if you are on a job website and there are a lot of jobs you are interested in applying for, then you are going to have to read the job description and the job requirements before applying for it.
This all takes time so to make the most of your free time, you have try to break up each task up into segment and complete each one over the course of the day.
That way you won’t get overwhelmed thinking I have to spend this number of hours each evening doing all of these tasks.
5. Tell People You Trust That You Are Looking for a New Job
Many people will say that often word of mouth is the best way to find a job and this is true in some instances if you have a big circle of friends or a large family. But many of us don’t have this and so we often cannot rely on this avenue.
But even with a small circle of friends, you can still use them to help spread the word that you are on the lookout for a new job.
Use The Facebook What's On Your Mind Box
Firstly if you have friends on Facebook from your workplace, then you need to mute your notifications so that they cannot see your posts.
If you are looking for a new job, the first thing you can do is to post an update on Facebook telling your friends that you are looking for a new job. Many times someone will have heard something about a job vacancy and if they know that someone is looking for a new job, they will let them know. They might even be able to put in a good word for you if they know the employer. This is most often the case in small towns as usually everybody knows somebody you know.
Also if you are involved in any committees or clubs, let these people know that you are looking for something new in your industry.
Follow Job Seeker Groups on Facebook
If you have a Facebook account and you follow job seeker groups then every few days fellow members or the administrator can post job vacancies for positions that need to be filled. The lists of groups on Facebook that are geared toward those looking for employment are vast and again there should be one for everybody no matter what country you live in.
6. Set up Facebook and Google Alert for Jobs in Your Area
Facebook Job Alert
Facebook now have this handy tool on their Facebook app and website that lets you set up a job alert. You can also narrow down a job search to a specific area. You go to the briefcase icon on the Facebook app or on the website. The job section is on the left hand corner of the website. You can narrow down your search for a job either by location or by job type.
You can choose from a full time job, a part time job, an internship or a volunteer position. It also allows you to choose a job within twenty three professions. Once you have picked what you want, you can then set up an alert that lets you know about jobs in your locality. At the moment you can only pick one locality which will most often be the area you are looking for a job in.
Google Job Alert
To set up a Google Alert you need go to the Google Homepage.
- Type in Google Alerts and open up the homepage.
- Next type in your keywords. You need to list the word ‘job’ first followed by your ‘job title’.
- Once you have your keywords, go to show options. Now you need to set up the frequency, source, region, language and the types of results.
Here is some variation of jobs you could list on your google alert.
Job café supervisor
Job marketing manager
Job payroll clerk
When you type in a job description, underneath you will see a selection of webpages that google are offering you in regards to these words.
Search Results Can Vary
Sometimes you might not get an actual job but a newspaper article or an article relating to something in this particular industry. So sometimes you might have to change up the keywords to target the specific area you want a job in. It can be time consuming.
Get Job Alert Sent to Your Email Address
When you set up a Google Alert, you don’t need to have a Gmail account. All you need is an email address. If you have a Google account you can sign into it and then just set up an alert as normal.
Modify Your Resume for Each Job
When you are applying for jobs, you need to take the time out to make a few adjustments to your resume so that the duties listed in your previous jobs is geared toward the duties that the current job is advertising.
This is especially important if you are trying to get work in a different industry or if you are applying for a job that is completely different to the one you have.
The first thing you need to do is to take the time to read the job description and the duties listed in the job advertisement.
Next you need look at the duties from your previous jobs and see if they highlight how much a match your previous experience is for this job.
If the duties you have listed relate in no way to the job, then you need to think back on what tasks you completed in your previous jobs and try to find examples where you performed similar tasks. Try to be as truthful as possible and don't lie.
For instance if an advertised job lists that they are looking for someone with good communication skills, then anyone who has ever worked in a job dealing with the general public has this skill. Now you just need to list exactly how you used this skill in your previous jobs.
Looking for a new job is a full time commitment. To find something within a certain time frame you really need to be willing to dedicate a lot of your free time to it and you will need to be consistent each day when job hunting.
Job hunting is going to take up a lot of your free time and if you can get people you know to keep an eye out for positions in your field then it means that you can hear about a job opening quicker.
This is going to be especially important for anyone who is under a time constraint to get out of a job within a certain time frame.
Once you have the right mindset to look for a job, then you will find that it is easier to stay positive and on track when job searching. Also if you have your list of reasons to look back on about why you want to leave your current job, then it can help you to stay on track.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Sp Greaney
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 29, 2020:
@ MG Singh, thank you. Yes I think so many people now are having to change things up to get what they need.
@Liz Westwood, thank you. That is so true. A lot of businesses here are going to end up closing in the near future because of the current climate. That's a really good suggestion about the CV that I will add in.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 29, 2020:
Nice article, it will help many who are looking for a job
Liz Westwood from UK on August 29, 2020:
This is a very useful and topical article, as many people, through no fault of their own, are being forced to look for new jobs, because of the economic decline. I might add the importance of a good CV and adapting it to make it relevant to the job you are applying for.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 29, 2020:
@Umesh Chandra Bhatt, thank you. I will. Take care.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 28, 2020:
Good guidance. Nice article. Keep up your good work in hubpages. Stay blessed.