Great advice from the PP! I completely agree 🙂
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?
Hopefully some of this helps. 🙂 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.