When passively looking for a new job opportunity, all you’re wanting to do is see what’s out there. Especially, in today’s job market, you may be a little curious to see if your dream position is currently available! And that’s okay. Because 85 percent of people who already have jobs are open to new job opportunities, just like you.
So, there is nothing wrong with passively looking. But here are some tips that will keep you on the right track. And well, not get you fired from your current job in hopes of helping you find your next career move.
Be an Active LinkedIn User
LinkedIn is one of the best ways to stay connected, not only just for yourself, but also for hiring managers and recruiters. It’s easy to look for jobs and say that you’re open to new opportunities without your current company seeing! So learning the ins and outs of LinkedIn is a great way to keep yourself passively looking for an awesome new opportunity.
Build a Career Network
Making career connections is always important. Whether you are at a work conference or meet someone in the same field as you, making career contacts will always be beneficial. You never know when someone will have an opportunity and think of you as a good fit. As long as you remember to treat everyone with respect, you won’t ever have to worry about losing an opportunity you’d really enjoy.
We forget at times how important personal contact and touches are in a world that’s full of technology. But nothing will replace a warm smile and strong handshake when it comes to meeting people who may end up helping you in the future.
Check Job Listings
Job boards, including LinkedIn, are a great place to skim when you’re on the hunt for a new position. It gives you the opportunity to see what requirements you hit, and of course, what is currently out there. In today’s job market though, companies are struggling to find the skilled workers they are looking for. And it may surprise you how many recruiters will start to reach out to you if you turn on that “I’m open to new opportunities” button on LinkedIn.
But again, checking job listings will give you a great idea of what is out there. And it could even help you make a decision on if you’re happy about where you’re at or if you’re really looking for something more!
Update Your Resume
This is a must when you start to think about looking for a new job. It’s important to stay up to date on your resume throughout your career. If you’re thinking about moving companies, this is a good time to do a little resume clean up and make sure everything you’ve accomplished is up to date.
Of course, if you decide to apply for a job, you need to make sure to customize your resume to the job listing. But having everything written down and designed how you want will help the customization part of your resume, tremendously!
Once you’ve decided that you’re ready for a change, making sure that you don’t use up all your vacation days are important. Companies are starting to see the necessity of making offers quickly if they want to keep and hire qualified candidates. So, you want to ensure you can take a day off as soon as possible. Especially, because without that opportunity, you could miss out on the job you’ve been waiting for.
There are a ton of tips we could throw your way, but if you’re just passively looking, these are the main ones. Remember, you can always reach out to one of our JSG recruiters to help you find your next big move. We are here to help, and we’d love to show you the amazing opportunities out there that you won’t find on other job boards!