8 Job-Search Truths I Knew Before Leaving My First Job & Finding Another

Are you searching for your next job in a company that has the best pay, the best culture, the best teams, the best management, and most importantly, something that gives you complete satisfaction? If yes, you must gather up some courage to know the bitter truth about the job search market. As opposed to common perception, the job hunting arena is not a bed of roses, but a road that is rocky, bumpy and adventurous. In the job search market, there are a lot of things that come and knock at your doors before ‘success’ does — it could be failures, missed opportunities, wrong choices, or rejections.

You might have cracked the first interview you’ve ever attended and got a job when you had no experience to speak of. But, that’s not the same case when you have a mid-range experience level. Once you leave your first or second job, the rest of your career wouldn’t seem so simple as how you landed your first job.

The good thing is, every successful employee that you see has definitely been through these rough stages. And, there are, fortunately, some ways you can reach your goal. However, in the light of all the false perceptions about the concept of a ‘next job,’ here are some things you should know before starting to sell yourself in the job search market (if you don’t choose to learn the hard way):

1. Your fantasies of a perfect job don’t get exactly actualized in real life

The job market comprises of all sorts of opportunities, but it is not equally distributed. Sometimes you get a job with a good pay, but the rest of the factors that affect your life could be unsuitable. Sometimes, it would be the other way round. Either way, you must remember that you may have to prioritize when it comes to the job hunt process. Not everything will fall in place all at once.

2. Your professional network carries weight in helping you land a job

If you’re looking for a better company that most of the other job seekers are not aware of, you need to have a good network of people who work at places you love to work. Through an effective professional networking, you can get to know about the opportunities that open up in those companies that you longed to work for. Also, rather than being pushy about the job opportunities in their company and surprising them with your intention, make your acquaintances aware of your job search requirements in a professional manner.

3. An unmoderated social media profile could stab you in the back

These days, most employers are willing to go an extra mile to glance through your social media profile, as part of the background verification. Now, think of a situation when they look at all the ‘I hate corporate jobs’ posts on your Facebook timeline! So, clean up your social media profiles before applying for any job. You can even try building your social media around your desired profession. For example, if you’re a game designer, at least some of your posts and tweets could be reflective of your love for designing games. This shows that you have a genuine interest in what you do.

4. Having a strong resume leads to more interview calls

No matter how many places you’ve sent out your resumes to, all that counts at the end of the day is whether any of those organizations called you back. If the answer is no, the most common reason is an unattractive resume. It doesn’t mean you have to get a graphic designer to prepare an attractive resume for an engineer’s position. It just means that the resume should be neat and orderly while displaying all your relevant expertise and qualities in a matter of seconds. Remember that the HR managers or recruiters glance through thousands of applications each day, and it is important for your resume to grab their interest in the first look. They should simply glance through it and get an idea that you’re the person they were looking for.

5. Scheduling your time for job-search makes the process much less stressful

While searching for a job doesn’t seem like something worth doing, job hunting is a job in itself. If you approach ‘job search’ with the same seriousness as your work and include job-hunting hours in your daily schedule, you will have a very smooth transition to the next one. Most often, irregular and unorganised job-search is what makes it such a big deal.

6. Job-hopping could be fatal

Unlike what most preach, jumping your first job to get a good salary hike in your next job may or may not be a good practice if the moves are made too often or not thought out. While it could give a quick boost to your salary, your career wouldn’t be so bright after a few jumps in quick succession. There could even be situations where employers are unwilling to offer you a job despite your exceptional skills, just because they think you’re not worth investing the time and money. After all, you’re more than likely to quit this company too after a short while. If you’ve left your last few jobs without serving at least a year, it is best to stay in your current job for a good amount of time, let’s say, two years, and then look for another job.

7. There is no road-map to show you where your career is heading. You’re the boss of your career

Are you looking up to a role model and his/her experience to shape your career? Well, don’t. While you can get lessons and inspiration from their life stories, you can’t do the same things that they did to succeed. More often than not, your skill sets, interests, nature, and expertise could be a lot different from your role model — which means your career can only be shaped by you.

8. Keep an open mind

The job market can be a harsh environment especially for those with a mid-range experience level. So, search for your next job, keeping in mind that it wouldn’t be as easy as how you landed your first job. There will be stiff competition from experienced folks and you really need to display an edge over others in order to land a lucrative job offer.

Last, but not the least, be persuasive and never lose hope in yourself. Instead, focus on your achievements and strive hard, while keeping all the false expectations aside.


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