3 Ways to Get Moving with Your Job Search When You’re Currently Employed

Job Search When Employed
Last month we published a step-by-step resume builder. With that in hand, it’s time for the most important step of your job search: finding jobs to apply for.

2015 is proving to be a great year for Singaporeans and PRs to switch careers (although it’s just started!). So if you’re ready to make a move, you should take advantage of these opportunities the year is going to bring.

We know how difficult it is to search for a job after a long day of work. You’re tired, you want to relax, and you’re ready to go to bed… But there are ways of getting through this. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of things:


1. Sign up for an account with a jobs portal if you haven’t already

With job portals, you can sign up for email notifications of available jobs in a sector you’re interested in. Not enough time to find a job after work? Now they’ll come to you! On top of that, when you upload your resume, you can easily apply for all the available jobs with a matter of a few clicks.

Because many job portal sites have also gone mobile, you can take your job search anywhere you go. Maximise your travel time to and fro work or even lunch hours by searching and applying for jobs.


2. Be realistic about your daily job search to-do list

Finding a job isn’t only about searching for jobs that you can see yourself working in – there’s also doing research about the company, crafting your cover letter, and filling in the job application. It can get very time-consuming (unless you’re a word wizard), and a task that can get quite dreadful especially after nine hours of work.

Start with baby steps when you’re beginning your job search. Realistically, sending a great application will take an hour or more, so aim to apply for just one job per day.


3. Tell people you know that you’re looking for a new job

Your family, friends and contacts might just know of a job opening that you’re not aware of. Or they might know a person working in a company that you’re interested in. Contact one at a time to reach out to them, and be as genuine and appreciative as possible. Word-of-mouth referrals give you a better chance at landing the job.

A word of caution: Be careful who you tell. It’s best that you keep anyone at work out of the loop or you might just find yourself out of a job before you find another.


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