Quitting a job can be a liberating experience. It can also be stressful and worrisome. While stepping down from a job position can free up your time and energy in order to find something better, it can also be a time filled with psychological and financial hardship. The following guide to finding a better job can help you make better use of your time while unemployed.
First of all, if you haven't quit your job yet, you should do so with grace and respect. Leaving a job on the wrong foot can spell disaster for further employment. However, if you do it the right way, you may gain a letter of recommendation or positive reference from your previous employers.
The first step is resigning from a position is submitting your notice and a letter of resignation. Generally, notices are given between two and six weeks before you plan to resign. A good resignation letter should convey your wish to leave your job in a kind and respectful tone. This letter should inform your employers of your last working date, and some include words of gratitude concerning your job, as well as well wishes for the future of the company.
If you've already resigned, you should make finding employment your full-time job. Begin this process by updating and strengthening your resume. Don't forget to include any special skills you possess, as well as educational background and complete work history. Be sure to insert the dates of all previous positions and why you chose to resign. All degrees, diplomas and certifications should be listed, as well as all job-related experience, such as as apprenticeships and volunteer positions. You should also include at least three personal references and three professional references, as well as full contact information for each reference. Include daytime phone numbers and email addresses, as well as each person's place of employment and job title.
A cover letter will also give you an edge at landing a job. Cover letters should be modified for each job application, and should describe in detail the skills and work experience that makes you a desirable candidate for the particular position. Cover letters are not intended to duplicate or take the place of a resume, but instead to supplement that document. There's no need for repeating your work history and experience unless it specifically applies to the position in question. Briefly include this information, but leave out dates of employment, references and educational background. Often, cover letters close with an expression of gratitude for being considered for the position in question.
So, how do you find the job opening of your dreams? Aside from employment agencies and classified listings, most positions are filled through word of mouth. This means you should sharpen up your networking skills by getting to know individuals in your desired field of employment. Get in touch with old classmates and colleagues and make new contacts who could lend a hand in your search for employment. Often, all it takes to land the job of your dreams is one good lead on an opening, a solid reference or a phone call on your behalf.
Once you've submitted your application and paperwork to potential employers, don't just sit back and play the waiting game. Persistence is key in finding gainful employment, so follow up with companies through phone calls or scheduled appointments. Also, keep those networking skills above par by making a list of anyone and everyone who can assist in your job search. You could even consider taking a workshop or college course to further improve your job skills.
Finding a job can be a stressful experience, but with the right attitude and credentials, it will likely pay off in the long run.
By Andre Bradley