There are good reasons to look for a job: you’ve had your fill of it for a long time, the boss is annoying La Paloma and the only challenge is not to infect your colleagues with growing frustration. All classic symptoms for people who would like to quit the job yesterday. Quitting the job is not an option that should be taken spontaneously or even prematurely. Especially not when you are frustrated, upset and (still) disoriented. Most workers depend on their salary. Not a few decide then instead of a job change for the Vogel-Strauß strategy: head in the sand, wait and hope for a better job offer … Fatal! Why you should act instead and tips on how to find your job in three steps …
Act instead of waiting!
Those who wait too long risk being terminated at some point, because the frustration inevitably also reflects in the performance. Or the frustration grows into a veritable depression.
Or it explodes and the whole thing ends in a short-circuit reaction. Before seriously considering a job change, you should pause briefly and do the so-called 10/10/10 analysis:
The term 10/10/10 analysis sounds more complicated than it is. Actually, these are three questions you should ask yourself:
It’s a simple trick that will kill you right away. It is normal for us to be annoyed now and then about our current job, colleagues and circumstances. But make his career dependent on a brief moment of fierce anger?
Such a decision should perhaps be better viewed with greater vision – and this is exactly what these questions help: They open the tunnel vision and give the election a relevant perspective.
However, you may also find that it really is time to go …
Step 1: Determine unique selling points
Before you begin to leave the beaten track, to prove yourself or to start over – please start by determining your personal unique selling points. As with a product, you should later be able to create and communicate your own brand.
Only then does the environment register what you stand for and can continue to use in the future. Such unique selling points create orientation – for oneself and others.
Of course, to be convincing, these characteristics must be tailored to your future (desired) function, industry and possible target companies. So how do you find your unique selling points? The best way to ask yourself the following questions:
Checklist before a job change
Can you list five of your strongest competences?
Can you name up to ten positive traits that best describe your personality?
Can you identify one to three of your biggest weaknesses (honestly) – and say what you do about it?
Can you give three to five strong arguments why an employer should hire you (and no one else)?
Can you describe (and quantify) exactly what added value you can offer your new employer?
Can you immediately name, describe and prove three to five of your successes from the past year?
Can you explain precisely why it draws you to the new employer (and not the old way)?
Can you describe (theoretically) exactly what you are looking for and justify why it suits you best?
Can you hold a blazing plea for yourself, your talents and your own brand in up to 60 seconds?
Can you list at least ten strategies for finding a new job?
Can you also say which ones you already use?
Step 2: Get information about employers
As soon as you know your unique selling points, your qualifications, sales arguments, wishes, goals and perspectives, you can start looking for a job – only now much more targeted. Depending on your professional experience, you can use this, for example:
In addition to possible jobs, you will also find information about conditions and perspectives in the companies that offer them – and you can select the ones that are relevant for you. And last but not least, the job advertisements in the subtext also reveal something about the employer.
Many companies offer information specifically for potential employees on their homepage or in social networks. From these sources, you can deepen your insights from the job boards. In particular, use the interaction possibilities with the employer in order to find out everything that is relevant for you – and at the same time to draw attention to yourself.
In these reference works, you will find all the companies in question – and can then start looking for further information, which actually comes into question for you as an employer.
These institutions also include names of potential employers – plus more information about the companies. You can also make direct contacts via these channels.
If you are still studying, you will receive tips on companies that are suitable for your entry in the internal university career counseling. In general, the Career Services can also provide you with contacts for your questions in the company because their employees maintain good contacts with employers.
Especially for the regional job search, it is ideal if you contact the Employment Agency in your city. The employees know which companies are looking for which forces. Employees of the employer service are usually best informed because they maintain direct contact: let them connect you!
The media provide background information on interesting companies. Above all: who is doing well, which may also provide a …
Step 3: Contact us
The third step is to get in contact as soon as possible with employees and colleagues in spe (or even the future boss). It is best to exchange ideas with as many people as possible who have worked or worked for your dream company.
So you can look behind the scenes and find out to what extent your expectations are met there. The more information you get about your prospective employer, the more accurate the picture you get from working there. Opportunities to learn more about the company include:
At these events, you can speak directly with company representatives. It not only tells you what the company offers, but it also helps you understand your entry-level options and test your expectations for viability. Incidentally, you should also pay attention to the subtexts in the statements of the staff member.
Sites such as Linkedin or Xing give you the opportunity to search for and connect with former or current employees of interesting companies, and to ask them about working conditions and development opportunities. Because you are there, an open and honest exchange is possible.
If you have studied, you can use the alumni contacts. As a rule, graduates of your university are happy to provide information about their current employers. There are free – as at the career fairs – tips on whether your expectations can be realized.
Maybe a former colleague of yours works in exactly the company that interests you? If he appreciates you, you will receive open and honest answers. He can also make contacts – and put in a good word for you.
Even though job interviews are the last hurdle before hiring, they still help clarify whether local expectations are met. If that is not the case, you can still cancel – even if the employer would take you.