Looking for a new job in 2022? Well, you picked a good time. The market (at least at the time of writing) is shaping up to have a lot of the same benefits for job seekers as 2021. Whether you are looking to switch careers, continue to grow your current career or are entering the job market for the first time, more options than ever await in a variety of industries.
Of course, sometimes having options can be hard. Knowing whether you should make a move from your current role can be a tough call, and even though the market is hot, your dream company may not have an open position that matches your skill set and/or experience level. And if you are unemployed or underemployed, finding the right fit and knowing your worth when you need work can be a challenge.
That’s why we wrote this blog! Hopefully, these 5 tips can help provide some direction, no matter what your job search circumstance is.
1. Decide on a realistic job search timeline and stick to it
Recent data shows the average time it takes to find a job is about 5 months. Of course, there are many factors that play into this number including your industry, skills and experience level.
With that said, you are the boss of your job search. Whether it’s responsibilities at your current job, schoolwork or time with family and friends, it’s important to be realistic about how much time you can commit to finding your next position. On top of that, the idea of changing and applying for jobs can come with natural anxiety and hesitation. Beginning your search by setting a structure and boundaries, including a timeline, can help alleviate a lot of stress that commonly creeps in. As you set your goals for browsing what’s out there, applying and hopefully interviewing, having a timeline from the start can keep you on track even as life happens.
2. Figure out what you want to run to, not from
There’s a decent chance you are reading this blog because you already have a feeling there is a job out there that better fits you than your current role. But it’s also true the grass is not always greener on the other side.
“Are you running to or running from? If you’re running from something, is that fixable from your current company?” says Horizontal Regional Vice President, Kevin Erickson.
Situations can change quickly. It’s important to try to understand why your current situation is not working and what can realistically be done about it if you do enjoy other aspects of your company or job. If you’re just looking to see what’s out there or know it’s the time to go, do your due diligence and think hard about what you want in your next role. Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years down the road? What do you want your company to stand for outside of what they do? What kinds of traits are you looking for in a manager and a team? And don’t just think through it alone. Talk to friends, family and colleagues you trust to gather their thoughts on what paths may be out there and what their experiences have been in applying for new roles.
3. Know your salary range
Understanding what your job worth is can be tricky – especially these days. The job market is on fire for job seekers and employers are still trying to figure out how to handle what’s been called The Great Resignation. Additionally, overall wage increases are expected to be above 4% with budgets for salary increases expected to be the highest since 2008. This means you may surprise yourself how much you can ask for when negotiating salary.
Bottom line, if you find a role and a company that has good potential, don’t be scared to apply and don’t be scared to be ask for what you’re worth. Just make sure to do your research and seek out multiple sources to get the latest salary range information for the position.
4. Make a list of perks, benefits and company culture traits
Show me the money? More like show me the happiness!
Just like life, there is a lot more to a job than money. Dollar signs never hurt unless they blind you from what really matters – which, of course, is completely up to you. Some people value work-life balance and the ability to spend time with family, including a job that offers flexible work hours, remote/hybrid options and generous paid time off. Others may be at a point where they are willing to work longer hours to help grow their career and potentially receive equity in the company. Of course, health benefits, a 401k match, pet insurance, the value a company places on diversity, equity and inclusion and the mission of leadership are all valuable aspects to consider in your job search. Due to where the market is at as we enter into 2022, there tend to be many more options to choose from versus past hiring cycles.
“I had a candidate turn down a job that paid him $30,000 more because he felt the other job offered better leadership, better culture and a bigger path to grow and develop,” says Jeff Seebinger, Horizontal Regional Vice President.
5. Think about your career path
Like Fleetwood Mac once said, “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.”
As nice as it can be to capitalize on a favorable salary in a great market, landing a job that puts you on a path to achieving your future goals is something that cannot be understated. In fact, one of the key areas hiring managers look for is how committed you will be to their cause. Attracting and retaining talented people who have a passion for their work will never go out of style, no matter where the job market is. If you’re serious about making a move, it’s essential to ask yourself if this is a company you can see yourself at for a while and if it’s a place you can thrive.
“When it comes to retention, recognition is big,” says Seebinger. “Find out what the company does to acknowledge and recognize the achievements of their employees.”
Developmental opportunities are also key.
“Upskilling, open and honest conversations about your development, real-time communication and customizing plans are all incredibly important from an employer perspective when it comes to attracting the best talent in such a competitive market,” says Erickson. “Good managers will not take a one-size-fits-all approach to hiring in 2022.”