Best Practices While Job Hunting You Need to Know About

Author : Steven De Nazareth

Updated : June 11th, 2019

Are you looking out for a new job? Maybe something new would come up and you could improve your skillset with your new job. With your experience coming into play, you could be ready to take on a managerial position or you could be up for a raise. There are times that your company may be paying you below the market standard or you could be looking out for a completely different role. Whatever it may be, you should ensure that you do not make your job search obvious to your co-workers and let them know that you are looking for something new in the market. This will allow you to work with confidence and not alarm your colleagues and superiors that do not know that you are looking out for a change of job. This will ensure that no issues are brought up and that you can continue to perform your tasks without any unforeseen challenges.

Best Practices while Job hunting you need to know about

Ensure that when you are looking out for a job, you should connect with people, get in touch with job boards, send out emails and constantly ask people about job openings. This will help you position yourself better and enable you to find new avenues for jobs. It could be difficult to find your dream job but by asking your friends and contacts, you would be in a better position to get an interview for a job that might interest you. This means that you should connect with more than just one person and send out emails to people that you feel would be able to help you find work. Also, you can connect online with portals that give you a heads up about open posts that might interest you and help you understand your position in the job market.

Job Hunting Best Practices

Make sure you connect and review jobs on offer in order to help you find your dream job. When you are job hunting, you should keep this information discreet and let only those that are certain to help you, know that you are looking for a change. The following are some of the best practices that you should follow while job hunting:

1. Create your own resume

There are times that people feel discouraged to show that they do not have relevant experience. Job hunters have a duty to explain their story. A study in 2011 showed that communicating achievements to prospective employers provided the highest positive impact on careers. This is even more so for those that are proactive, ask for promotions and complete high profile assignments. The main thing is to value your own experience as no one else will.

2. Make yourself available

Some people feel embarrassed to tell people that they are looking for a job. At times this is because they think that people will only talk negatively. Even highly successful businessmen act like everything is going on well without admitting it. Most people make assumptions about what people would think about them needing a job or being unhappy at work. Do not let your ego get to you and cloud your view. Make sure that every conversation talks about your standpoint of asking the person to help you look for a job. Let them know that you are looking out for a job and help would definitely come your way.

3. Connect with your contacts

There are times that you may feel that you may have fallen out of touch with your colleagues from your previous companies. It’s alright, talk to them. Otherwise, you could connect with your children’s parents, parishioners at the church or people that conduct volunteer activities. You should not feel that one person will be able to help you land your dream job. Meet at coffees, lunches, seminars and send out emails to let them know that you are looking out for a new job. If you are on a person’s radar consistently then this will take out the awkwardness in the networking scenario especially when you ask for something in return.

4. Leave a good impression at every chance

There are times where people will give you a reference to jobs that are out of your reach and at other times positions that would insult you. When you are provided with a job that you feel is beneath you, you should have an open mind and set your rules aside. This would mean that you would keep your pay requirements, job title and scheduled restrictions on the back burner. Once you communicate with the interviewer, hiring manager and others then you can explain your intentions. This will help you make new connections. There are times that they will help refer you to positions within or outside their companies. This will help you realise that the job you interview for may not be the only job that is available to you.

5. Connect with people that helped you

Networking is usually a two sided exchange. When you are a job hunter, you probably do not have anything to offer. You should not look like someone that is only looking for favors and handouts. Try to figure out a common ground and see how you can be helpful and this will ensure that your networking conversations seem less forced.

Make Your Search Considerate and Discreet

Make Your Search Considerate and Discreet

When you are looking out for a job, you should ensure that you do it silently and without letting your immediate colleagues know that you are looking out for a change. This means that your search should be tactful and discreet. In order to do this, you should follow these steps:

1. Have a positive attitude

It is normal for your enthusiasm towards your current job to slip when you are looking to bolt. Similarly, you should not wear your attitude on your sleeve. You should make it a point to excel at your work and complete all your tasks on time. At this time, you can also take on additional assignments which includes mentoring and staying fully committed to your work. This will ensure that there is no visible sign of you leaving even when you may be not completely focused on your job.

2. Do not job search at work

Look for jobs when you are at home or at a coffee shop. It is not safe when an employer finds out that you are using the company email, phone or materials for your job search. Additionally, companies can easily track and trace its internet usage. You probably would not be able to search well enough when you are in a state of paranoia. When you are looking for a job, your search requires focus and if you’re worried about someone coming, pausing, picking up a call or completing a task then you will not be able to give the search, update your resume and make call with the attention that you require.

3. Remain silent on social media

Even though you might not interact with your bosses and colleagues on social media sites like Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, this does not mean that they are not viewing your profile. They can check your activity if you do not check your privacy settings or if you share mutual acquaintances with people that find you through a search on post. So make sure that you do not post anything that mentions that you are looking for a job.

4.Do not add present employers as a reference

When you are connecting with the company that you are interviewing with then you should let them know that they should not contact your present employer. You should fill your resume with references of previous employers. If you are determined to show that you are a success at your current job then ask hiring managers to write a recommendation or endorse you on Linkedin that you have received from your manager or colleague.

5. Stay in line with the company dress code

If you are wearing a suit to your office which is usually dressed in casual attire then you could bring in a sense of suspicion. You should not dress up differently from what you normally would. This should not be the case if you are leaving work before the interview or heading to the office after work. If you can grab a few minutes, then you should return home and change before you enter the office.

6. Schedule interviews when you are not working

Get interviews scheduled at times that do not interfere with your work. If you are facing a dilemma of not getting a time outside working hours then you should take a personal day or a holiday to be in the clear.

7. Admit wrongdoing if caught

If your boss or colleague finds out about you searching for a job then you should tell them the truth. When you lie, you only destroy your credibility and future chances of your boss serving as a reference.

8. Search and exit with class

You would have taken years to earn the reputation of an excellent employee. Do not destroy that title by doing a shady job search at the end of your tenure. Ensure that you keep your reputation intact and remember that the people you work with will be part of your network for your entire career.

9. Be active on Linkedin

Apart from the regular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, Linkedin is the best platform for job seekers. Using this platform, you can showcase your skills, education and work to a potential employer. It is also possibly one of the best social media profiles that employers would check on first. Make sure your profile shows you in the most attractive light possible.

10. Reach out

You probably want to work for a specific company but find it hard to apply for a suitable position. This is no reason why you should not connect with someone that works in the company and ask them to introduce you and provide them with reasons as to why you like that company. There are chances that they will send your application anyway and when a job opens up, your application would be at the top of the list.

When it comes to search for a job, you should ensure that you are sincere to the job that you currently have at hand. Do not do a job hunt at the office by making calls, printing out your resume or applying for jobs online. There is an error of suspicion that looms during this period and it is best to ensure that nobody knows that you are looking for a change of job. If you have any doubts, you can comment in the section below or connect with the community and discuss with regard to your job hunt.

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  1. Lost my job in 10/2018 due to plant closure, collected vacation and severance pay. Opened a claim in 1/2019. Got an on the job training job through career link in 5/2019 worked one week and became very sick and was off for two weeks VA could not find anything wrong but gave me medication for the symptoms and an excuse to return to work, prior to returning got a call from my recruiter at career link telling me the position was filled so i did not return. Reopened my claim, a few weeks later got a letter informing me the employer had appealed and said i did not return, had a hearing and the employer did not show but i lost and got a 2500.00 over payment. Got a temp job through an agency but have only worked 4 days in two weeks. Reopened my claim and was told i need to earn 2604.00 from current employer before it can be opened, did i do something wrong? Still applying for work but am days away from losing everything, need income to pay bills. PLEASE HELP

    1. Rodney,

      Your eligibility to claim UI benefits depends on multiple factors including monetary eligibility. If you’ve been officially told about the shortage of earnings, there’s nothing much one can do. If you’re still confident of winning the appeal, please make a strong case.

  2. The hours at work have been cut due to lack of business for every department.
    So all full-time positions are now part-time.
    How do I file for partial unemployment?
    The only options I see (in Texas) are for full unemployment.

    1. Eric,

      You should be able to claim partial UI benefits. Please consider applying online until full hours are restored.

    1. William,

      If everything goes well, it should not take more than 7-10 business days (waiting week). Please call the Claims Center for more.

  3. I was employed by a VA company for 5 years, my contract ended yesterday (07/31/19), however, I worked remotely for those 5 years and live in FL, which state do I apply to for my unemployment benefits?

    1. Oscar,

      Please check with your employer if they remitted UI taxes into the system. Contract workers are generally not eligible.

        1. Oscar,

          In that case, please go ahead and apply if your employer remitted UI taxes into the system.

    2. You apply in Virginia…however, I worked seasonally and they used a ‘quarter’ that was empty, so even though my employer paid in, I only got a 1/3 of what I should have received. Figured that out later :/ They will also question WHY you aren’t able and available to work IN Virginia. They froze my account for about a month.

  4. I worked 37 years with the same company in Texas. On July 2nd of 2018, I was let go due to workforce reduction. I signed up for benefits several months later and now have drawn my 26 weeks of benefit. Is there any program currently open in Texas or federally that will extend additional money while job seeking?

    1. Lonnie,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  5. I have been an employee of my company for 34 yrs. My position is being eliminated but I have been offered another position for less money. It is a much more physical job that I am not sure I can perform well. I am 75. If I try to fulfill the position and cannot do it, will I still be able to get benefits if I quit? They want me to try it for a couple of weeks to see if I am strong enough and if I can afford the cut in pay.

    1. Lynda,

      I suggest you call the Unemployment Office to find out about eligibility before making a decision on continuation.

      1. I recently lost my job..i was late for work and they took me off the schedule..never told me i was fired..didnt ask for uniforms back. Another cook was andd has been late for work and he didnt get taken off the schedule.can i still get unemployment?

        1. Kandie,

          Please note UI benefits are only offered to claimants who lose employment due to no fault of their own. You can call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  6. Are there any training benefits or programs that will pay for an advanced degree, such as a PhD which is needed to become more employable?

    1. There are multiple training programs administered by the Labor Department in each state. For more info, please call visit the official website of the Unemployment Office.

  7. I’m about to exhaust my Unemployment benefits. I was laid off from my first job and
    found employment then I lost my job and became unemployed again. I applied for benefits and have have almost exhausted my benefits but have not found employment. Can I file for an extension?

    1. Deanna,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  8. After reading your article it’s still not clear to me about requirements surrounding moving to another state and completing/continuing to collect. I have 8 weeks eligibility left, I am moving from MA to FL. The end of your article says: “Since it’s all virtual (online), you may still consider the option of continuing your claims from the base state even if you move to a different one until completion. As a responsible claimant, it’s your duty to inform the base state about your movement to ensure there are no hassles in the near future.”

    So it sounds like even once I am in new state I am eligible to continue to collect from my base state. I can just continue to do my required weekly job search and reporting to and filing in my base state (I do it via phone call-in). No need to complicate things by doing some crazy state transfer of benefits. Benefits also done via direct bank deposit and no need to change anything. Do I even need to tell my base state I am now living in a new state? Why? Thank you.

    1. Paul,

      For the ease of understanding, each state has its specific rules and laws with regard to administering Unemployment Benefits. It might be an obligation for a claimant to inform about the movement. For clarification, please call the Unemployment Office and speak to a representative.

  9. I was recently fired from my work 25-June-2019/due to me not meeting their “standards/ expectations” i submitted my UE claim on 28-June and have not received any pay as of today, 19-July. The status is currently “adjudication in progress,” my question is, should i be worried this will be denied? I read the FAQ on the UE webpage and it said only a couple applications require the adjudication process. How long does this process usually take to get the final answer of whether I’m denied or approved? The website stated it susuallt takes ~25 days for the adjudication process, does this mean once that’s done then i still have to wait another 2-6 weeks for final processing after? THANK YOU SOO MUCH to whomever is able to provide me with some answers/ input.

    ** this is my first time ever being fired or having to file for unemployment so i really have nooooo idea what is standard or normal or whatever. I feel like an idiot with my simple questions but it would bring me so much relief having them answered, truly

    1. Talia,

      I can understand your reason for the anxiety. Adjudication is a fact-finding process where both the claimant and the employer will get an opportunity to present their case. During this process, make sure to produce supporting documents that amplify your stance. For all you know, the adjudication can be a lengthy process.

      Best Wishes!

  10. I was permanently severanced from my job due to a Co. Reorg & received my last severance pay last week. I called UE & was told that I should now do my application online since I will no longer be getting funds & still without a job & that this coming Sunday regardless of knowing if I will or will not get benefits yet that I should still file a weekly claim in case of UE back pay.
    So my question is, do I still have to report 4 jobs applied to within this week, even if I do not know if I will be approved/denied for benefits until possibly next week anyway?

    1. Lynda,

      You should continue to report the job applications as long as you’ve been asked to do so. There will be a “Waiting Period” and the first payment will take about 7-10 days after which they’ll flow much quicker. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  11. I tried to transfer from one state to another. When I left Montana I was told there would be no problem transferring. When I arrived in North Carolina I had trouble reaching the area manager by phone. When he finally called me back he said to meet him for lunch to discuss when and where I would be working. He did not show up for lunch. Then he never returned any of my calls. I went PA to visit a friend a few weeks later and tried there. I met with the hiring manager and was told there should not be a problem doing the transfer since I was still in the system. I called the store a few times and they said it was still pending. Then I was terminated without even a phone call. Am I eligible for unemployment and if so do I file in Montana or North Carolina. I still have a Montana drivers license but I am living in NC.

    1. Stacey,

      As long as you were unemployed involuntarily, you should be able to claim UI benefits. Please consider applying.

  12. I have worked for 32+ years and recently have become unable to work due to health reasons, so I have had to resign from my job. I have contacted SS and will be able to apply for disability but it will take awhile to process. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? I live in WV.

    1. Sandra,

      UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  13. I had to quit my job at Walmart in Fairmont West Virginia and moved back to my home state ky, I’ve got a son with drug problems and 3 older sisters that are not doing so well in health cause of their age. I didn’t understand about the transfer part they had at Walmart that I could put a date when I could start back because of my car problems I thought when I left I had to go in like in s few days, I’ve applied here at Walmart in Winchester ky 40391 two times already plus dollar store, speedway, truck stop, bp, a few other places it’s been going on 7 months without a job I live with my son and its getting harder on him paying rent and utilities and food, not to mention our personal hygiene stuff I really need help I have no income coming in to help him and his wife out I get foodstamps and Medicaid I was praying I could qualify for unemployment PLEASE HELP!!!

    1. Vicky,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

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