How to find a new job after quitting your job

January 28 2014

Julia Richardson By Julia Richardson –
Ideally, you want to have a new job lined up before you quit your job. After all, the job market is tough right now and competition is high. For every job opening, there are roughly 3.1 unemployed people competing for the same position. This doesn’t even take into account recent graduates or those currently employed that may also be vying for the job.

Looking For A JobQuitting your job can raise red flags for a potential employer and many times, it may take you out of the running completely.  With a stagnant job market and high competition, finding a new job may be more challenging than anticipated, but it’s certainly not an insurmountable task. The key is preparation, and there are two important components required to succeed.

  1. Tailor your resume. If you’ve applied to a few jobs with little to no success, it’s time to re-evaluate your resume. Chances are, it’s much too broad. Tailor your resume to the job you want. As salary.com points out, your resume shouldn’t be written for you- it should be written for the reader. Also keep in mind that the reader may not be human. In this case, consider submitting two resumes- one tailored to a computer’s keyword format, and one tailored to the human reader.  Business Insider has some great formatting tips for the former HERE.
  2. Address the gap. Your potential employer will notice any gaps in employment, and it may give cause to toss your resume aside. To minimize this risk be sure to address the gap in your resume. You can use your cover letter to explain the gap, but make it clear the reason for the interruption is no longer an issue. If you were laid off or quit in anticipation, explain the circumstances. Alternatively, consider taking a freelance position until you find a steady job and include it on your resume to cover any gaps. It’s always better to be proactive and honest, as this issue will likely come up again if you make it to the interview stage of the hiring process and when verifying past employment.

If you tailor your resume and address the gap, you’ll clear the initial job-hunting hurdles with ease. Your preparation will also provide added confidence that will prove beneficial during the interview process. Instead of a red flag, you’ll signal to any potential employer that you are not only the right fit for the position, but also that you value integrity.  It’s all about preparation.

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