(Closed) Looking for a new job…. tips?

posted 6 years ago in Career
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

My tips would be:

1. Don’t just spruce up your resume, take a good hard look at it and make some major changes. Use lots of action words, keep it to the last 5 years of work experience. Have at least two different people proof it carefully. If I find mistakes in resumes, they go in the garbage. Same goes for your cover letter – tailor it to each job posting as best you can.

2. Get yourself onto LinkedIn and get active – there are a lot of great job postings on there and a lot of recruiters troll that website. Be sure to update as much information as possible and every few weeks, make some changes to your profile so it gets thrown back into the ‘recently updated’ pile that other people will see.

3. Find whatever job website is most used in your area and apply apply apply! Where I am, workopolis is horrid, but monster.ca is much better. Try looking on organizational websites too – they aren’t as timely in posting to the major job websites so if there’s a particular industry you cn search within, try some of the bigger companies.

I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that question in a job interview. As a manager, I would only ask that question if something about the position you held before was questionable – specifically how long you’d worked there. If you’d only worked for 6 months, I’d assume it wasn’t a good fit, but would still ask in case your pay expectations were out of whack with the job I was offering. You can be direct or diplomatic:

Direct: While I love my current position, I’m looking for something that can offer increased job security

Diplomatic: I’m looking for a position that will provide opportunities for growth while allowing me to hone my existing skillset.

For interviewing, do your research. Find out as much about the company as you can. Surf their website, check out every page you can get your hands on. You’re not going to be grilled, but if you can show you actually care about the company enough to look up some basic specs, its a good thing (this also comes in handy for my next point).

My biggest interview tip that NO one thinks about it ASK QUESTIONS. Come to the interview prepared with three questions (I suggest no more because otherwise it sets the wrong tone) to ask the interviewer. They’ll usually give you the opportunity at the end. Since you’re interested in the job, you should generally have some questions about the company.

When I interviewed for my job, my boss was surprised by my questions and very happy to answer:

1. How would you describe the corporate culture (for me, it was an internal job, so i asked about the departmental culture).

2. (if the hiring manager is present) How would you describe your management style?

3. Here I often ask a specific question about the job posting. For example, in my current role, the job posting indicated extensive periods of overtime. I asked for clarification on what that meant and whether it was season specific or general overtime all the time.

Use what you find on their website to draft a good question about the company that would be relevant to your role.

Good luck OP! Something amazing is out there waiting for you!

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

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MrsCallalily: I’m glad it was useful to you! ๐Ÿ˜€ Best of luck finding a new position. 

From personal experience, be sure to apply for ALL the good jobs you see, even if you don’t fit one or two of their “necessary” skills. My current job indicated I need specific analysis skills that I didn’t have and it wasn’t at all needed for the job. You can always be trained on one thing or another by the company itself, which also allows them to train you how THEY want you to work.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Agree with the above – especially proofreading the resume! We just filled a position in my department, and as part of the selection panel, I dismissed cover letters/resumes with errors. Pay attention to the job posting and work the same language into your cover letter and resume, where possible.

I posted my resume on some sites (Washington Post, Indeed, etc.) and got a few response that way. I’d do both – search for jobs AND post your resume. 

I think you can be vague about why you are looking to change jobs – just mention that you are looking for a job with more opportunity for professional growth or security.

For an interview – I hear people say you should arrive 15 minutes early, but I recommend more like 5 minutes early (though give yourself time to find the office!). Too early can be irritating to the interviewer, as they have a schedule and may have other candidates coming in before you.

 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Great advice from the PP! I completely agree ๐Ÿ™‚

I actually just had to relocate because of DH’s grad school and found myself in a similar situation- the company I worked for doesn’t have any presence in this area so I was unable to transfer even though I liked working for them.

I took a couple of months off to adjust to a completely new state/climate/area. Then about a month ago got down to job hunting, and ended up with 3 good offers (2 similar to what I was doing before, 1 doing something different which I decided to try!) so this is what I found to be helpful.

1. Resume- Having graduated with a Business Administration degree, the career resource center for my program was GREAT with helping students learn how to make a solid resume, as was the business writing class I was required to take. One of the big takeaways from those workshops was to be specific about your duties and what you did in previous jobs- like a PP mentioned, action words!

Also try to keep it CONCISE. Unless you’re in an advanced field/position (think like… a research position at a university or something) you’re not going to want a 5-page resume. My best friend at my last job was a hiring manager and he almost never set an interview with someone whose resume was much longer than a page. If you’ve had a lot of different work experience in the last 5 years, you might stretch into a second page, but don’t overdo it.

My resume is a single page (it just barely fits, but I’ve trimmed it down enough to work) and I always get lots of compliments on it from everywhere I interview.

2. I used Indeed.com to search job postings in my area. There was a LOT of stuff posted there that didn’t apply to me, but a lot of the time I was able to filter through it to find stuff I was interested in.

3. Don’t be afraid to take initiative!!! This job that I just accepted (I start on Monday, yay!) almost didn’t happen for me. I was being pressured by another company to accept the offer they had made me (great offer, was just interested in this new job more) and the interview process with my current company was really slow- first the application, then an assessment, then a phone interview, then an in-person interview. They weren’t planning on doing any in-person interviews until April 8, which was well after I needed to give the other company an answer. I reached back out to the woman who had been contracted by my company to conduct my phone interview, and she was able to put me in touch with my company’s internal recruiter. I explained my situation honestly, that I was considering another offer but would really rather work for her company, and she was able to schedule me an interview with the hiring manager on April 2nd, almost a week before anyone else was being interviewed. I got a call with my job offer on April 6th! That never would have happened if I had been passive during the hiring process.

4. I actually got asked quite a lot why I was leaving my current company, even though I’d been with them over a year. For me the answer was simple- I liked my job and the company, but I had to move for my husband’s education. In your situation I would probably say something similar to what a PP posted, that I like my job and the company, but I’m looking for a company that offers additional opportunities for professional growth.

A lot of times they will also ask you what you are interested in; what your short and long-term goals are. Be diplomatic, but honest! For me, I’m always very up-front that I believe it’s important to master your current role before advancing onto other things, so my short-term goal for the first year is always to become proficient in my current responsibilities. My long-term goals were either moving into management or transitioning into the investigations department, both of which are opportunities within my current company.

5. Most companies I interviewed for are using STAR format interviews now. I highly recommend looking it up and familiarising yourself with that process, if you aren’t already. Use resources like Glassdoor to look up the company you’re interviewing with- lots of candidates post about their interview experience with the company and what kinds of questions they were asked. Probably over half the questions I was asked in the interview for my current job were nearly word-for-word ones I had already prepared for because I had seen them online.

Find a way to taylor your current/past work experience and skills to the new job/company you are interviewing with. Back when I was in college at 19 years old and applying to work part-time at the bank, my only job experience was working at Hollister in the mall. You wouldn’t think working teen retail for minimum wage would translate to banking, but I was able to be specific about how my cash handling, customer service, and ability to multitask made me an asset in banking.

6. I definitely agree about asking questions! If you need some inspiration, these are some that I almost always ask:

  • So what does a typical day in this role look like? (This is helpful for you; it will help you determine if this is actually a position you’re interested in.)
  • What kind of training is provided to help me perform well in this position?
  • What resources do I have to continue my company education when my initial training is complete?
  • (To the interviewer) Where did you start with the company? How long have you worked here?
  • What opportunities are there for growth and advancement within the company? (Interviewers always light up when I ask about this one- usually they like what they do and they love bragging about their company, and this shows that you’re looking for a place where you can build a career.)

Sometimes if something else comes up during the interview I may ask an additional question or two, but those are usually the questions I always ask.

7. Questions NOT to ask. I know this probably seems obvious, but these aren’t questions that are usually considered appropriate during a job interview- usually someone from HR will go over all of this with you prior to an interview, but if not, you probably want to hold off on discussing these until you’re made an offer.

  • What does this job pay?
  • How much PTO will I get?
  • How long do I have to work before I am entitled to benefits/sick days/whatever?
  • Etc.

 

Hopefully some of this helps. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m seriously just coming out of the job search process so everything is still fresh in my brain. So if you’ve got any other questions that pop up, feel free to ask.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Following! I’ve been with the same company for over 13 years, and although I’ve done different things in that time… I need a change.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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MrsCallalily:  They’ll definitely go over salary and benefits if they decide to make you the offer post-interview. Many times the person who screens you before your interview will provide you with that information ahead of time, too, but not always. If it’s general information they’re giving you before your interview, they’ll usually quote you a salary range.

When they make you your actual offer of employment, they’ll give you a specific number. They don’t expect you to make a decision without all the information. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the point at which you would negotiate your salary, should you choose to do so. If you accept the job, they’ll send you official offer letter with your salary in writing.

Many times, but not always, they’ll ask you what you would like to make for a certain position during the interview. Don’t be afraid of being upfront, and don’t let the question make you uncomfortable. If the midpoint for a job is $35k for instance, but you think your skills and experience are worth $39k, don’t be afraid to tell them you’re looking for close to $39k if they ask. They won’t just rule you out because you asked for a little more than they’re paying. (That doesn’t guarantee they’ll offer you exactly what you asked for, of course, but you never know.)

And as an afterthought, at the conclusion of your interview, usually they will tell you when you can expect to hear something further about the position. If they don’t, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask when you can expect to hear from them. You can also ask for some contact information in case you think of any additional questions you may have in the meantime.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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MrsCallalily:  I’m sorry to hear about that. I’m going through something similar. I work at a contracting office and they just let a lot of clerical positions go at our northern office (and they did much more than me!). I oringinally got this job from my dad because he works at the same company. I also work for a pet store (that I will be quitting) bc the manager was friends with my husband and asked if he knew anyone who needed a job.

The new job I am applying for I’m pretty sure I’ll get. One of my friends had his assistant quit last minute and they need someone asap. So I applied like, 3 minutes after he posted on FB. So with mine I got relly lucky and happened to know people.

My avice would be to apply to anywhere and everywhere you can. Just because you apply doesn’t mean you have to accept the job offer if it isn’t enough or something better comes along. Even try retail/movie theater/food for temporary work. They are hiring summer help now and this can be a place holder until you find something permanent.

Be honest about why you left your last job. Explain while you loved working there, that you felt the company was done growing and you wanted more opportunites. Keep a simple resume, one page if fine.

For interviews dress as nice as you can. Better to over dress than to underdress. Show up early and don’t play with your phone while waiting. Also, always have a question or two. The one I use (that seems to work for me) is “Why did you choose to go into this field?” People like to talk about themselves so I’m sure they’d be happy to answer this.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Villa Christina

PP’s gave a lot of great tips! Here are just a few of mine that have helped me. I’m going through the same process now.

  • Tailor your resume to each job you apply for even if its just moving up specific bullet points or re-wording to match the job decsription more closely.
  • Have multiple people review your resume for FORMATTING and GRAMMAR.
    • I am a hiring manager and can’t tell you how much it turns us off as hiring managers when we see a poorly formatted resume. It distracts me from reading the actual content!
  • Have an objective at the top.
  • Applying is a full time job. Don’t stop, lol.

GOOD LUCK!!!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I hear a lot of good advice about social networking and I agree it is useful, but please don’t neglect more traditional methods! Don’t be afraid to try cold calling companies in your field that you are interested in working for, if only to inquire about any openings. Also, the classifieds are your friend. I found my job after sending an email to a publisher that I never expected to hear back from and now I’ve been working for them for almost a year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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Post # 14
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Honey bee

 

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MrsCallalily:  

How’s the job search coming along? I know it’s only been a month, and that it seems that so many hiring teams are taking longer to screen/select, but, hey, you might already be training!

 

 

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