Why should you want to prepare for job search, if you don’t want to leave your current job? You just love what you do at your present job. Anything can happen at a Company. It can close down, go bankrupt, hire new job seekers, fire the old employees or even restructure the company, or cut down on unnecessary staff, or your boss might leave, or the new boss may not need you. So, it is best to be prepared when engaging in passive job hunting.
What is Active vs. Passive Job Searching?
Active job searching is when someone is in need of a job. An active job seeker will post his or her job resume on job boards, send applications, to prospective Companies, search jobs in newspaper advertisements. They will also use social media LinkedIn and on the other social networking websites and apps to expedite their quest in a new position.
Active job seekers also contact their friends and relatives and use a network and job conferences to seek new jobs including sending their prospective resume to specific employers.
A passive job search is when someone who is employed quietly looks for new avenues but does not take action as regards same but rather waits in anticipation of the right time for a new change.
Like a lion walking stealthily for the kill!
The passive job seeker waits until the employer reaches out with job opportunities.
Passive job seekers will always be up to date in their resume and their LinkedIn profile up to date. Set up alerts and be in touch with your networking colleagues. You are not actively searching for a job but you need to be ready if the need arises for you to change your present position. This will make the transition easier for you.
Why is it so important to be prepared in a job search?
Just imagine when everything is up to date like your social media and resume that is when you start engaging yourself in passive job search. You will get to know what opportunities there are in your field and also be aware of the salary that is being paid by that Company.
Here are 10 Tips for passive job seekers
1. Be active on all social media sites. Remember your resume will be your online application.
2. Remember to write recommendations for your LinkedIn connections. In turn they will do the same for you. These recommendations will be your references for future job hunting.
3. Tap into other social media like Facebook, Twitter Google+ etc.
4. Add connections to your network regularly
5. Remember to update and stay connected with your connections. Message, post update, and links regularly to your social media sites.
6. Study about the Company you think you are willing to work for. Do adequate research as much as possible and get to know about the Company. So, that when you do get a job interview you are prepared to answer their questions.
7. Once a week check out a few jobs using your skills, job description, where you would like to work etc. A whole listing will come up when you type search these.
8. Update your resume if you have shifted to another position or been promoted or received any new designation, awards etc.
9. If you have leave, keep some of it saved. You may need it to attend an interview if you are called. Be ready with your stuff, resumes covering letter, certificates, and recommendations and references.
20. Every week study these instructions and make sure everything is in order. Then, you are prepared and more confident at facing an interview, if the need arises for you to search for a job.
Be prepared is your topmost Motto.