In this week’s episode of Hard work-ah with Pete the Job Guy, Pete answers your burning questions and shares his tips and suggestions on what to do if you are currently unemployed and trying to land your next job. We’ve all had career highs and lows and by sharing one’s experience and tips we can all learn and grow together.
Pete starts off the episode with his suggestions on what to do if you’re currently unemployed and the steps you should take to land your next gig.
- The first suggestion is to realize that your current job is now to find a new role. Spend the hours you normally would at work focused and determined on finding your next role. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile, expand your network, and spend each moment looking for a job.
- The second tip is to build your personal brand. In today’s current environment your social media pages, LinkedIn profile, and networking groups are key to help you land your next role. Get a professional headshot taken for your LinkedIn profile and make sure everything is up to date.
- The third suggestion is to consider getting a temp role while you are on the job search. Even if the role is technically below your level, you will likely pick up new skills and it will prevent you from having a gap on your resume which can be a red flag for hiring managers.
- The forth tip is to perfect your resume. You will want to tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. The buckshot approach of sending out the same resume to a bunch of companies doesn’t work – you need to have a rifle-shot approach. Take the time to research the role and company and tailor your resume accordingly to reflect the skills you have that would appeal to that company.
- Finally, the fifth tip is to let your friends and network know you are on the market. Don’t let your pride get in the way of telling others that you’re looking for a new role. They may know of companies hiring that would be a great fit for you.
In addition to the tips above, Pete always answers some of your top questions.
Question 1: A restaurant server wants to change their career path but worries that the money won’t be as good in an entry-level role. What should they do?
Answer: Sometimes to get on the path you want to be you need to take a financial setback. Essentially, you need to take a step back to take a step forward. Once you come to terms with this, you will want to prepare for the financial setback and save money while you can to hold you over with the new role that begins with a lesser salary. Another tip is that while you are interviewing ask if there is a possibility to EARN an annual raise or if there are incentive bonuses that can also be earned. Another option is that if you are in a role that has flexibility on hours (such as the restaurant industry) you may be able to take on a role in the field you want to switch to while you continue supplementing your income with your current job.
Question 2: This person has been in the same job for 10 years and there is no opportunity for advancement. What should they do?
Answer: First, clarify what it is you want to do and ask yourself if you are currently qualified to do that? If not, what steps do you need to take to become qualified? It’s also important to do some introspective work and ask yourself if there was anything you could have done to grow with the company. Finally, it’s important when you are interviewing to make sure there are growth opportunities with the company you are interviewing with that way this situation doesn’t happen.
Question 3: An employee at a company that was recently acquired is nervous they may lose their job because of this change. Should they be looking for a new role?
Answer: With acquisitions and mergers the company often looks at and evaluates what roles are now duplicated and eliminates one of the roles if the other person is able to take on the added responsibility. There is a possibility that your role may be the one that is cut, so it’s important you are prepared for that outcome. Now is the time to update your resume and join networking groups.
Question 4: Pete, what advice would you give your younger self?
Answer: The advice I would give my younger self is to always work your hardest and work to better yourself. Know and accept that you will fail but that it will be ok and you will grow from those experiences. When you fall pick yourself back up and keep moving forward.