Love Your Job? Here’s Why You Need to Think about Your Job Search AnywayDecember 30th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »
Not planning to search for a new job in the New Year? That’s perfectly fine but it doesn’t mean you should become complacent with your career. One day you’ll leave your current job. You’ll begin to long for more strenuous challenges or start craving a work atmosphere that better suits you. That’s when it pays to have laid the groundwork for your future resume today.
There are core qualities that almost every hiring managers wants to plainly see on a new employee’s resume. And hiring managers will be skeptical when those core qualities seem to have cropped up on your resume overnight like a magic beanstalk. So, characterize your current job with the types of qualities that will get you a job.
• Become Someone Who Others Follow – Even if an open position doesn’t have official authority, it only helps to prove yourself as a leader. Obvious leadership skills suggest to an employer that you can take responsibility on your own and don’t need mommycoddling to achieve success. They can trust you to meet deadlines as you uplift those around you.
• Make Yourself an Industry Brainiac – Master your discipline. If you’re the go to person for dumbfounding questions, if you are representing the company at conventions, and if your every word is being absorbed by an audience of your peers, companies will want to hire you.
• Be Hungry for Challenges – Satisfaction with the status quo never got any company more than an untimely end. New employees should be ravenous for intense challenges and you should be able to highlight that hunger within your current job. If you can’t pick out numerous examples, get chowing down on challenges that intimidate; you’ll learn lots and boost your sales pitch in the future.
• Know Metrics and Own Them – The modern economy revolves around statistics and you should be able to articulate your own statistical value. If you don’t look great from a quantitative standpoint, start setting statistical objectives (i.e. boosting sales by 15 percent, increasing user traffic by 50 percent, or decreasing errors to under 5 percent). Then, do whatever it takes you reach your goal.
• Be a Peacemaker for Interpersonal Conflicts – Workplace conflicts cost money and unless you’re the patron saint of patience and tranquility, there’s a chance you’ll butt heads with a coworker at some point. The main question is how do you solve those conflicts? Those who do can prevent a loss of billions of labor dollars wasted on pointless interpersonal fighting.
• Have An Eye on Your Future – If you have a plan in your current career, it will show future employers that you don’t expect to stand still. Your constant evolution and ability to reach your milestones will not only boost your current job but make you a prime candidate for companies looking for someone to take them beyond their wildest expectations.
by James Walsh