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Are you putting off your job search?

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Are you putting off your job search?

15 Jul 16:00 by Alan Jarque

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If you want to find your ideal job, don’t let excuses get in the way. Here’s how to stop procrastinating and start taking action.

 

According to a recent Investors in People survey, 20% of people want a new job. But how many of them are actively taking steps to make that dream become a reality?

It’s a familiar situation: you want a new position, but there always seems to be a reason to postpone the job search until another time. The list of possible excuses is endless. But, unless you want your career to be permanently paused, you need a strategy to overcome those excuses and get your job search moving.

“I’m too busy at the moment”

Of course you are too busy. There are always other things to do – you just need to decide if your job search is a priority or not.

After a stressful day at work you may want nothing more than to put your feet up with a glass of wine and a Scandinavian crime drama. Maybe you’re on a get fit kick and all your free time is spent in the gym. Or perhaps you’ve finally decided to green-light that DIY project you’ve been meaning to attend to for months.

There’s never a perfect time to kick-start your job search. So, record the TV show, restrict your exercise to a quick run round the block and keep your DIY tools in the toolbox for now, and put your career at the very top of your agenda.

“Things might get better.”

Given the choice between making an effort to secure a new position with a new company or simply waiting to see if things improve in your current position, the latter is typically the preferred option.

Who knows, a new manager might come in and sweep aside all the things you found frustrating and tedious. Maybe the nature of the company will fundamentally change so you will be able to do what you have always dreamed of. Maybe you will win the lottery.

Yes, it is theoretically possible that all you need to do to improve your career is cross your fingers and hope for the best. Meanwhile, while you wait for one of these lucky breaks to occur, you could take control of your own destiny. Taking proactive measures to find the work you want is far more likely to get results than leaving it to chance.

The number of excuses that flood into the mind as soon as you so much as think about putting together a CV is incredible (‘It’s the wrong time of year’, ‘The transition into a new role will be too difficult, ‘I need to learn new skills first’, ‘I’m a graduate with no work experience’, ‘It’s too hard for a woman to break through the glass ceiling’...).

When Parity Professionals help with your job search, there are no excuses. Our expertise will drive away the doubts and put your job search into overdrive.