By Jeanna McGinnis
Forbes, May 30, 2019.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware that unemployment is at a record low. As companies scramble to fill open roles, they face a tight market in which there are fewer candidates than there are open positions. While this type of job market makes hiring difficult for companies, it provides a terrific opportunity for job seekers.
Imagine a perfect storm in which job security with your current employer is extremely high and your ability to grow professionally outside your current employer is even higher. Well, you’re in luck because that perfect-storm scenario is playing out now for job seekers everywhere.
Whether you’re happily employed or not, you’d be foolish not to explore the current job market. Employers are desperate to find talent and eager to be flexible with their demands. Therefore, it’s a perfect time to stretch for that next-level dream opportunity by launching a selective job search.
What is a selective job search?
Simply put, a selective job search should be viewed through an extremely narrow lens. This type of search isn’t equivalent to posting your resume online and applying to every role you see. Rather, a selective job search is done within extremely defined parameters. These parameters will determine whether an opportunity is worth your pursuit or time. To be even more clear, when executing a selective job search, your focus should only be on those roles that grant you extreme growth. No lateral moves, no backward progression, only forward-looking opportunities.
Keep your ear to the ground.
When launching a selective job search, it’s critical that you keep your ear to the ground. Network through LinkedIn or other local events, stay in touch with thought leaders within your field and always advance professional relationships.
While traditional job searches rely on job boards and interviews with talent acquisition, a selective job search requires a more discreet approach. Being approachable and casting a wide net with your professional contacts will keep you front-of-mind within your network. Then, as opportunities cross their desks, they will be much more likely to think of you.
Define your job search goals.
The current job market provides you a unique opportunity. You can easily define the type of culture, compensation, career level and responsibilities you’re interested in pursuing. This type of market sets the stage for you to aim towards a higher level “stretch” role or a role that is a logical next step up. However, as you explore your options, be certain to not overextend past your level of competency. While gaining a higher salary and step up in responsibility is awesome, setting yourself up to fail by reaching past your capabilities isn’t. Aim for roles that would be a great next step while also embarking you on a path to success.
Remain selective and engaged.
When selectively job searching, it’s important to remember that your activity shouldn’t align with a traditional job search. You’re not looking to simply jump into a role. Instead, you’re targeting companies, a specific career level and only exploring opportunities that provide true value to your career. Don’t waste your time applying to lateral roles posted on job boards. It’s time to network and engage beyond traditional job search methods. Take advantage of this unprecedented job market, and open the door to a brighter future.
Director, Client Triumph at Mentor Happy, a career development platform designed to help you find professional happiness on your terms!