Boxes and resumes? What do these items have in common you ask? Both moving and searching for a job are tedious and necessary. Let’s explore 3 tips to tackle two of the hardest and most time consuming events in ones life – Moving and Job Search.
The key to moving is organization; get all boxes ready and label what items go in which. Then when you begin itemizing all your things you can drop them into the box they belong. In your job search, organize which jobs you are applying to by industry, job position, culture, etc. Select those that are common positions and research them in combination. What skills do they all have in common? Highlight those specific in your cover letter and past accomplishments on your resume. Not only will this research help you stand out on paper but when you do land an interview, wow them with your organizational skills and showcase how you applied them to your job search.
One of the best parts of moving is that it forces you to take inventory of all of your possessions. From kitchen gadgets to winter sweaters, its hard to understand how you have let them multiply over the year. When was the last time I wore this? Do I really need this apple decorer that I’ve used one time in the past year? These are just two examples of de-cluttering questions you can ask in order to determine what items you can donate or keep. Similar to your job search, ask yourself when you are reviewing the multiple openings for various positions. Would I really want to be a ? Do I really enjoy doing X? If you narrow down the positions you are applying from 15 to 5 openings, you will be able to focus your energy and spend more time tailoring your resume and highlighting accomplishments to match. Remember, quality over quantity. You will have less boxes to carry and better chances of securing an interview.
3. Get Help
Last but not least, you dont have to move or look for a job alone. Don’t have the energy or time to find an apartment? Use a broker. Don’t have the energy or time to apply to jobs? Use a recruiter. Brokers and recruiters have access to apartments and jobs that are not publically available. They have the inside scoop and can be a big help to get you secured in a new opportunity. Brokers do cost money, but recruiters don’t. Do take note that recruiters and brokers can’t help everyone, so its important to do your research and find the one that is right for your situation. Once they do agree to work with you, they can be your biggest ally. Another resource for help are ‘job search groups’. Think of these groups as your ‘movers’. No these aren’t paid professionals that will do the heavy lifting for you, instead they are a community of like minded people who share tips and continue to motivate each other. For Finance Jobs, check out Wall Street Oasis which has advice on interviewing at top banks, which organizations are hiring and more. If you want to get more local, try Meetup.com or LinkedIn.
By Wall Street Services