You have finally left your last and are now actively looking for a new one. Here are four way to finally get your grip and move on from your job and towards a new chapter in your life.
1. During interviews
During job interviews, you will be asked a few questions. One of these questions would probably involve your last job. The recruiter would have a high probability of asking you why you left your job in the first place. What do you say?
Katherine Burik, founder of The Interview Doctor, said that it is a challenging question but not something that can't be answered. Burik advises that interviewees should veer away from inviting questions. You can prepare for this question by drafting your response beforehand and internalizing it to make it sound natural. "Say it confidently and no one will inquire. Say it with fear and the interviewers will ask more questions that you don't want to - and shouldn't have to - answer. So write out your response and practice out loud until it sounds natural. The more confidence the better," Burik said.
2. On cover letters
Andrew Fennell, director of StandOut CV, said there is no need to explain or even mention the reason for why you left your job. "I wouldn't mention your reasons in your cover letter as it will only draw attention to why you left or were made redundant," Fennell said. Instead of doing this, you can focus and discuss your strengths and achievements. Tell them what you can offer them and why they should hire you to be a part of the team.
3. Widen your job hunt
Psychologist and careers coach Denise Taylor said that it is better for those who are job hunting to look at different fields. "If you focus too much on skills, you may miss out on wider options. Why not spend time thinking about everything you enjoy - your interests, the things that fascinate you? Also consider your constraints. Is re-training an option? Can you take a drop in salary?" Taylor said.
Once you have this narrowed-down list, you can then apply for these jobs. Remember that sometimes there are risks worth taking.
4. Discover your purpose
Lis McGuire, founder of Giraffe CVs, said that you can use this time - after leaving your last job and before taking a new one - to discover your purpose. What is it that you really love doing? What is it that makes you feel contented? George Brown, career services manager at London School of Business and Finance, said it is important to "stay focused, replace negative internal dialogue and keep trying to get on to your new path."