It's a difficult decision to leave the security of an existing job behind. Sometimes a change of scenery is needed to reinvigorate a career. Finding a new job isn't easy; and the important place to start is with an informed decision.
There is a reason the saying "the grass isn't always greener on the other side" has been around for years. Anyone thinking about finding a new job needs to be 100% certain it's for the right reason. Getting even with a boss, or leaving because of a coworker's attitude are perfect examples of the wrong reasons.
There are many very good reasons to look for a new job. But in most cases, the decision should be aligned with someone's long-term career plans. External forces, such as an overbearing boss, should be secondary considerations. The best tool for figuring out if a new job is the right decision is a piece of paper and a pencil (or a spreadsheet).
This exercise starts by writing down all the things that are important in a job. Try to be objective when making the list. Factors like commuting time, or transportation mode (car or mass transit), work hours, time for family, vacation, and employee benefits are typically included. The list should contain a mix of lifestyle and career attributes. Then rank the importance of each attribute from 1 to 10.
Next, rate your old job versus a potential new job against each of these factors. When going through this process, being objective is important. Taking an honest approach will oftentimes result in a surprising answer. To save time, we've already put together a Job Evaluation Matrix.
If the above assessment indicates a new job is the way to go, the next step involves putting together a resume. The single most important step in writing an effective resume is choosing the right format. The best resume format is one that highlights strengths, and does not draw attention to any weaknesses. There are three mainstream formats in use today including:
To help speed things along, this website has an entire article dedicated to Resume Writing Samples.
A number of sources report that approximately 60% of all jobs are found through networking. It's an essential component of any job search and should be employed early in the process. Generally, networking falls into two categories:
The Internet has made the process of finding a new job a little bit easier. For example, there are a number of resume posting services like Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com that provide a great deal of exposure. Just make sure these resources are aligned with all job search objectives.
Finally, we'd like to finish up this topic with two thoughts:
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