Despite our intense dislike for this activity, we all know the importance of keeping our resume up to date. While it would be nice to think we’ll be at the same company until we retire, it doesn’t always work out like that. Sometimes we’re fired, other times we learn there’s a better option out there, and sometimes you just want to quit your job for personal reasons. Either way, the result is the same; you have to look for another job. If job hunting is usually a soul-crushing experience for you, here are a few ways to make the search easier on you.
Always be polishing your resume. Even when you’re not actively searching for a job, it’s good to take time to develop skills that would look good on a resume. Attend workshops, volunteer, or even take some online courses to help you learn valuable new skills. Studying part time while maintaining a job will show employers that you have enough drive and motivation to go after something you want. Of course, the degree itself will also help you develop a wide range of skills in addition to learning about the subject itself. Volunteering also shows potential employers that you are a selfless person, that you are open to new experiences, and that you have enough drive and motivation to go beyond what is expected of you.
Get the experts to search for you. You might hate looking for a job, but there are people out there who get paid to find you a job. If you have a resume tailored for a pharmaceutical job, send it to pharmaceutical sales recruiters and they will find companies looking for someone like you. There are plenty of recruitment companies that specialize in your industry, so you’ll have plenty of help with your job hunt. Just be sure to keep up the search on your end.
Don’t pressure yourself. If you find the process draining, maybe you’re working too hard. It’s understandable that you want to find a job quickly, but this is probably the only downtime you’ll have. Once you start a new job, you’ll be running around, learning the ropes, and trying to impress your new boss. Limit the amount of time you spend completing on-line applications and profiles to one hour a day, and remember to reward yourself. If you’re short on cash then a reward can be something as little as heading out for a coffee, taking a walk in the sun in the park, even popping out for a quick pint at the pub with a friend. Whatever helps you to chill out.
Apply for a job, then move on. The most stressful thing about job hunting is wondering why you haven’t heard back from a recruiter. It’s better for your peace of mind to put that job out of your head as soon as you’ve submitted your application. There’s nothing to be gained by agonizing, waiting and wondering. Just be pleasantly surprised if you get a response.