According to recent studies, the average adult spends around 30% of their life at work, and while it will be near impossible to find a job that you enjoy 100% of the time (i.e., meetings are never going to be that interesting), it’s important that you find your passion and pursue a career that you love. So, if you feel unfulfilled or under-appreciated in your current position, it may be time to consider a career change.
However, it goes without saying that searching for a new job can be incredibly stressful. Not only do you have to find something that excites you, but you also need to find a way to stand out from the crowd of applicants that have applied for the same position. With that in mind, here are some simple ways to take the stress out of the job search :
Streamline your searches
While you may be keen to find a new position as soon as possible. You must streamline your search as much as possible instead of sending off hundreds of applications a day. Being selective ensures that you are only applying for positions that interest you and also mean that you can spend time curating the perfect job application for each position instead of sending off a generic resume that will fail to get you noticed.
Know where to look
Hundreds of job openings are posted online every day, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to discover something you love. However, knowing which sites to use can make a difference. For example, those looking for business-related careers are likely to find great success on LinkedIn, whereas those looking for openings in internal medicine should use sites such as PracticeMatch, which are designed to support job-seeking physicians and medical professionals.
Work on your resume
Your resume is your greatest asset when applying for a new position and could be the difference between being offered an interview and getting rejected outright. As a result, you must take some time out of your day to curate the perfect resume. One that clearly outlines your qualifications, skills, and personal attributes.
Stay away from over-the-top designs and layouts, as the content is much more important than the presentation. It’s also essential that you alter your resume a little for each application. This helps a potential employer see that you are suitable for the job. You can do this by going through a job description, highlighting all of the keywords and phrases, and finding a way to add them to your resume.
Nail the job interview
Job interviews will always be a little scary. You must find a way to ensure they do not get the better of you. One way in which you could do this is by doing plenty of research so that you can then avoid common mistakes which can ruin a job interview. You should also ensure that you find an outfit that helps you appear both professional and confident. Sometimes, dressing the part can boost your confidence and get you into the professional mindset.
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