Sometimes there are opportune times to start looking for your next job and sometimes they can fall into your lap unexpectedly. Either way, there are a variety of tips that can help you prepare for that next best job you’re meant to have. As a young professional, I’ve learned a lot from many awesome mentors, colleagues, and friends that have been in the business world much longer than myself. I have taken the time to engage and listen to their experiences and formulated my own set of tips for each of you. My hope is that they can help you along your career journey whether you’re actively looking for a new position or one falls into your lap.
This is Part 1 of my Career series and I hope you enjoy!
According to the dictionary, the definition of diligence is careful and persistent work or effort. To me, that can be work or effort towards anything in life. Work, social life, hobbies, you name it. What I want to talk about is how diligence can help you when searching for your next job or career move.
Here are a few tips that I hope can help build your confidence while preparing to nail that job:
- It Starts Now. Diligence must start now. Whether you are currently working while looking for a job or not, be diligent day-to-day. Generate good habits at work and at home. Identify and improve on small, bad habits before they turn into larger ones. Maybe you want to build a workout schedule, make to-do lists to better organize yourself, eat healthier, whatever it is, make a plan and stick to it. Instilling diligence in everything you do will come naturally when finding and preparing your next best job.
- Networking. Build your network of mentors. This can be people you work with or those who have inspired you in some way. Reach out to them, ask them questions about their experiences, and for any advice they might have for you. The most important thing to do when looking for your next role is identifying what you really want to do. Do you want to stay in the same field? Or do you want to do the same role but in another industry? Whatever it may be, your network of mentors can help you. This is where building, maintaining, and enhancing your network can be extremely crucial. Be diligent in setting up frequent meetings with your mentors and friends. Always be on time, always be prepared with questions, and always have a goal for what you want to accomplish by the end of that meeting. For more on networking, check out my very first post.
- Do Your Homework. Once you identify what specific role or industry you want to venture into, you must do your research. Make a list. Look for companies that excite you and jot them down. Then research the heck out of them. Know them like the back of your hand. This will help in two ways, (1) you’ll find out pretty quickly if a company is right for you and if they aren’t then you can narrow down your list, and (2) if you get the opportunity to interview, you will know everything about their business.
- Be Realistic. Finding the right job does not happen overnight. It takes diligence in the form of patience. There will be jobs where you take time – I mean a month to a few months’ time – preparing and interviewing and you may not get the job. Don’t be discouraged. It takes time and it takes a lot of effort. These moments will teach you to be agile, diligent with your time and with your patience. Stick with it.
If you have any questions on the tips I provided above, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.