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Many people will have different reasons why they want to leave their current job. You might simply want to be in a job that pays you a better living wage, allows you to progress up the career ladder or lets you have a better work-life balance.
You might be bored or overworked in your current job. It might be a matter of being sick of the attitude of the manager or your work colleagues that you work with who have finally tested enough of your patience 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 is 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
The first step prior to any type of job hunting is to get into the right frame of mind. You need to really build up the momentum about wanting to find a new job. Unfortunately, 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 occasionally do some job hunting online looking for new job opportunities but you won’t be as dedicated or as open to applying to those job opportunities that you might see, and then you will pass on applying for them. 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 down these reasons in your notebook, diary or a 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. If you can, print out a hard copy and leave it somewhere you can look at it often.
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
Consistency is the key when you are job hunting. You really cannot afford to take a few days away from your job search as you might miss out on an opportunity that is posted immediately.
While you don't need to be online 15 hours a day, you do need to at least log into those job websites each day to see what opportunities are available.
The more time that you spend online or offline for searching for a job then the better your chances are of finding a job that meets 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 of your time. All you need to do is find some reputable employment websites that employers use to post their job listings on. You need to ensure that it is a website that is trustworthy as you will need to upload your job resume onto it to apply for the jobs listed.
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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 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. Then choose the option you prefer when applying for a job listing. It will usually be either through the recruitment company website or the company's own website.
4. If Possible, Dedicate at Least One Hour or Two a Day to Your Job Search
This fourth task might not be possible for many people to complete. However, if possible, try to dedicate at least one hour if possible to this task. If you can even spare two hours, then this would be even better.
Job Search During Your Commute
If you use public transport to commute to work then you should spend your daily commute checking out job listing websites every day to see if there are any new job alerts posted. If you cannot do this on your daily 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 listing alerts into your email, sometimes those websites 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 listing link to find the rest of the details about the job.
By the time you finally read the alert, five minutes could have passed. So if you are receiving lots of email alerts about new jobs, then it can be time-consuming checking out the ones that are of interest to you. That is why you now need to ensure that when you set up the job listing alert on their website that you have narrowed down the criteria for the type of job that you want as much as possible.
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 segments and complete each one over the course of the day. This method can cause you to be less overwhelmed with the number of tasks you have to do.
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 has this handy tool on its 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 23 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 to 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 is 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 are being advertised in the job you are interested in applying for.
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 to look at the duties from your previous jobs and see if any match this job description. Highlight the ones that are very similar to each other.
If the duties you have listed relate in no way to any to your current job, then you need to think back on what tasks you completed in your previous jobs and then 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 keep your list of reasons why you want to leave your current job nearby, then every time your read this, it can help keep you motivated to keep looking for a new job.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 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.