Have you fallen victim to the "Sunday Slump"? Do you feel a sense of impending doom as Monday closes inand you're faced with returning to a job you've outgrown? Or are you currently unemployed, and looking to get your career back on track? You're ready to make your next move. And this time not just any job will do. You need to find the right one.
Enter the experts at Yahoo! HotJobs, the most trusted online destination for job seekers and hiring companies. They've created a job-hunting guide specifically for midcareer professionalsthose workers who've been around the job-hunting block, but aren't quite ready for the executive recruiter. Let the experts teach you how to:
- Know if it's time to go
- Search for jobsboth on- and offline
- Breathe new life into your resume and cover letter
- Impress the toughest interviewersand deal with past layoffs and other missteps
- Negotiate a higher salary and better benefits
Your Next Move will show you how to leverage your experience to find the perfect job for your unique needsand put those sleepless Sunday nights behind you!
About the Author
Dan Finnigan is Executive Vice President and General Manager, Yahoo! HotJobs. Christopher Jones, former Vice President of Content for Yahoo! HotJobs, is now Director of Programming for Yahoo! Finance. Yahoo! HotJobs has revolutionized the way people manage their careers; the site receives 4.6 million unique monthly visitors and has over 7 million newsletter subscribers. Yahoo! is the No. 1 Internet brand globally and the most trafficked Internet destination worldwide.
Welcome back to the job hunt!
If you're reading this, chances are you have been out in the working world for some time and are now considering changing jobseither because you'd like to or because you're being forced to by circumstances beyond your control. Believe it or not, no matter what the reason for your plunge into the job market, the prospect of finding new employment is something to be excited about!
After all, you can now focus on what you want, and find the job that best suits you. You're a "midcareer professional." You're no longer obliged to take whatever you can get. You have experience, a well-developed skill set, and a sincere desire to work hard and contribute to the success of an organization.
Yet you find yourself floundering. Maybe you've gotten off track from what you originally wanted to do. Maybe your "dream job" didn't turn out to be what you expected. Maybe you found a job you liked, but have been let go. Or maybe you simply hate your workplace.
Figuring out how to proceed is more complex now than when you were just starting out. You may have a spouse or family to consider; you might worry that mortgages, car payments, and other commitments are preventing you from moving forward.
So how do you take that next big step in your career? Where do you begin?
Think Opportunities, Not Obstacles
When confronted with changing a job or a career, many midcareer professionals immediately trot out all the reasons not to changeciting expenses, possible pay cuts, lack of proper training, and the challenges involved in starting over again at a new company. Essentially, they fear the unknown. This is certainly understandable, especially if you have a family that depends on your income. For some job seekers, this fear is paralyzing.
Yet for others it is energizing. It can be that way for you, too.
Here's why you should welcome, rather than resist, exploring new career options: First, it is exciting to realize that, unlike workers of previous generations, you have unlimited companies and career fields to choose from. No longer are you tied to one job or one company for your entire life. As you grow and change, the work you do will change as well, and opportunities are out there to accommodate your developing professional needs.
No longer are career paths linear or seamless; you can move back and forth through many different kinds of jobs, if that's what it takes to ultimately realize your ambitions. You can take time off to explore other opportunities, or freelance and return to work again. Employers now place greater value on "soft" skills and life experienceyou just have to find a way to demonstrate how your abilities and background can benefit them.
Second, you have technology to help you find, research, and land jobs. Online job boards can show you thousands of available positions anywhere in the world, and personal search agents can deliver them straight to your e-mail inbox. Company job sites can give you background information on the corporate culture and job expectations. In addition, the Internet can provide the latest news reports on growing (or declining) fields and companies.
Third, you have a valuable resource in the support of your network of family and friends. You don't have to do this alone. The people in your life can offer job leads, read over your resume, test your interviewing prowess, and give you feedback on jobs that are best for you.
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Finally, think how much happier and healthier you'll be in a job you find rewarding and in a workplace that values your contributions. Draw on your past experiences and mistakes, and avoid applying for jobs that will sap your energy or keep you from your family and personal pursuits. You'll be more fulfilledand, hopefully, more inspired to work hard and achieve success!
So join us as we explore the many advantages you possess as a midcareer professional, review some time-tested job-hunting strategies, and reveal tips and tricks you may not have considered before.
You have far more leverage than you may realize in today's job market, and more resources to help you than you'll even have time to use. There are many great jobs out there just waiting for youlet's go find the right one!