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Let’s talk about lov(ing your job) this valentines

Many people can safely say that they are in a relationship with work; spending more than nine hours a day there, five days a week and about 260 days a year. That is a big commitment! And like many, there are ups and downs, miscommunications, tears and frustrations as well as joys, success and celebrations. And sometimes (although let’s not be too negative on valentines) the time just comes to break up.

However, parting from a potentially negative role isn’t easy; when you are still in a job and keeping an eye out you can feel ungrateful, and an active job hunt can feel like cheating! You can start to resent the relationship if staying in it for the sake of it or because you do not know where else you can go.

But if you're still unhappy with your work-spouse this valentines and it’s time to take action to make that change, use the 5 steps below to take matters in hand and conquer the love/job hunt once and for all.

Step 1: Time for a re-vamp

New clothes, new haircut, new you? Try doing the same for your CV. Giving your resume a makeover is a great way to take control and put yourself back on the market (check out this Tips & Tricks CV article for how to get started).

Step 2: Tinder, Bumble, Plenty of Fish….

Have the perfect CV? Now get yourself out there and set some rules! On Tinder you can filter by Female/ Male, geography, distance and age. Ask the same questions for your next role:  Ideal job level? Salary? Industry? Be reasonable, you know George Clooney and Monica Belluci are a bit of a stretch (and taken - for now). Set yourself time frames and objectives: an hour in the morning before work or thirty minutes at lunch is all it takes to get some traction.

Step 3: Go Dating

You have swiped, matched and chatted. Now it’s time for the face-to-face. In work as in love, know what you want but be open to new experiences. It is time to seduce, pitch and convince, but be yourself! Prepare engaging questions and intelligent answers, honestly is always the best policy not matter what you are looking for.

Step 4: Prince(ss) Charming always ends up coming

Be patient, they say that love comes when you least expect it. How many frogs/recruiters you have to kiss before you find the right one is a gamble, but a bit of polite persistence can go a long way.

Step 5: Time to break up

Breaking up is not the answer to everything and finding an amicable solution is better than leaving on bad terms. However, in love and work, if your needs are not being met and if something or someone is blocking your growth and development, the chances are it’s better to move on.

Putting yourself back out there can be daunting, but a fresh search can mean that you may find yourself in pastures new in no time.

Don’t forget, the fantastic Freshminds Candidate Managers may not be love doctors, but they do know something about navigating the job market and are always on hand to provide expert advice and direction. Get in touch to find out how we can help to find the role that you can fall in love with.

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