Some are fortunate to have a job that matches their desires just fine. The pay is good, responsibilities are appropriate, and the work is fulfilling. However, many people would say otherwise, or at least believe that there are greener pastures out there. This isn’t a rare feeling. Statistics show that 57 percent of workers ages 18 to 34 think changing jobs often is good for your career. 38 percent of workers ages 35 to 54 say that common job switching is a healthy career move. In addition, there is also the element of uncertainty. Even if you are happy, there’s no guarantee that that job is eternal. As a result, sometimes, even why you’re gainfully employed, getting ready for the next step is a good move.
What To Do
Even if you’re not ready to switch fields or company this second, it’s not a bad idea to test the waters when it comes to your options. Of course, you need to bring the right materials to the table. One of the best things you can do is take a little self-inventory. What are the reasons you want to leave? Is it a matter of pay? Do you want more work-life balance? Maybe you want to pursue a dream job? All these factors will help determine the type of companies you decide to target.
When this is done, you need to upgrade and update your resume. However, there is a right and wrong way to do this. Try not to post it on public job boards or make a public upgrade to your Linkedin profile. One of the best things about job seeking while employed is that it lowers the stakes a bit—don’t rob yourself of that advantage!
One of the best ways to instantly stand out from other job seekers is by putting together a strong cover letter. Your skills and experience will have hiring managers determine your skills and capacity to do the job. But it’s the cover letter is their first window into your mentality and purpose. It’s important to use this space to show you have an understanding of what this job is. This also makes it possible to communicate the fact that you can benefit the company through that role.
The fact of the matter is, depending on the volume of jobs you’re looking at, you may not have the time or means to customize every single cover letter you send from scratch. There’s also the issue of you perhaps not being the strongest writer out there. It’s okay, it happens. Luckily, there are resources that can help you deal with this issue. Consider checking out some cover letter samples to get the idea for a basic outline, format, or concept for your cover letter. Then, plug in the appropriate verbiage from your own story. Now, you have the perfect cap to your updated body of work to compete against the hordes of competitors out there for that dream job.
Balancing Your Responsibilities
Of course, there is the matter of you still working currently. We mentioned earlier that you shouldn’t broadcast your intentions all over online. The same applies when doing this in person. There are exceptions. For example, if you have a potential contact in your network that you trust, it may not be a bad idea to let them know that you may be available. For the most part, though, you’re going to want to keep things quiet.
Having trouble keeping things under wraps? One of the best things you can do is avoid the temptation is just keep your job searching from going into company time. No calls, no searches, nothing. Many recruiters are aware of this. A good recruiter will be willing to work with you during a lunchtime or off-hours to try and keep things from getting out of hand.
When the time comes to actually make the switch, always be sure to keep things professional. Making a little extra effort can go a long way. Give your current employer adequate notice when it comes to your departure, and even offer your help in facilitating a transition if possible.
Job seeking while balancing a current job means more time and energy spent—but it can pay dividends. Not only do you have the advantage of proving that you are a skilled and desired worker, but you also can find opportunities that you didn’t even know were there.