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How To Make Your Job Search Successful When You’re Working A Full-time Job

How To Make Your Job Search Successful When You’re Working A Full-time Job

Looking for a new job can be a very time consuming process. Not only do you have to research various positions, but you also need to spruce up your resume, write cover letters, complete applications, and (if you’re lucky) make appointments to be interviewed. When you already have a full-time job, it can be difficult to find the time to do all of this. However, if you find yourself in this situation, you have options. Here are five ways that you can search for a new job without falling behind in your current job:

1. Schedule, schedule, schedule.

If you want to find a new job, you need to make sure you schedule everything precisely. Schedule times to look for positions, schedule time to write cover letters, schedule time to do some networking. You’re already a busy person, so this is the only way that you’ll find the time to get everything done. It’s important that you stay sharp at your current job, so try to schedule around already-existing commitments.

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2. Be picky.

Just because you want a new job, that doesn’t mean you want any job. Use your best judgment when you’re searching for new positions and stick to what you know you would like to do. You should also keep in mind that you should narrow your search down in terms of location and skill set. Don’t use a new job as simply a way to get away from your current position. This is an important decision, and it should be treated as such.

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3. Keep it a secret.

Don’t tell anyone at work that you’re job hunting. Seriously, it is a bad idea to let anyone know who you interact with professionally. Things can spread quickly around an office, and it’s very unprofessional to let this information slip. Once you do find a new job, the first person to know should be your boss. Talk to your boss, turn in your notice, and only then can you let others know. Talking about searching for a new job is disrespectful and unprofessional, so keep it under wraps.

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4. Be kind to your current job.

When applying to new jobs, never say anything bad about your current position. In interviews, it can be tempting to answer a question on what made you want to change jobs with something negative about your current position. Don’t do that. Not only does that make you seem petty, but it’s also unprofessional. It will certainly not impress your interviewer. It’s also rude to say that about your current job, because even if you hate it, it’s a source of income for you, which you should be grateful for. Word also gets around quickly, and you never know who other people are acquaintances with. Try to keep things as professional as possible.

5. Keep things separate.

Never cancel a meeting at your current job to search for a new one; it’s unprofessional. Simply schedule your job search around that meeting. Use your lunch break, coffee break, whatever break to look for new jobs. It’s important to remember to keep doing your job while you’re looking, so be discreet and professional about it. Remember to use down time as well, such as when you get home from work. While you certainly have obligations there as well, you might find that it’s easier to job hunt after work. Use any free time you have to look for a new job. Just remember that free time is not the same as cancelled or shared time. Don’t try to force this task. Just use your spare time and hopefully all this hard work will pay off in the end.

Featured photo credit: Marsmettnn Tallahassee via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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