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How to find your next job

September 2, 2023
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Welcome to the first Saturday of September — and possibly the start of your journey to finding a new job.

Now that summer is starting to fade, the search for jobs is heating up. The fourth quarter is typically a pretty busy time of year, according to Mike Steinitz, an executive at talent and consulting firm Robert Half.

“People are looking for a new job as they get through the year. It’s sort of like a psychological thing, like: ‘Oh, I should start looking,’” Steinitz told Insider. “Just by the fact that the calendar is going to be changing tends to give a little bit of momentum to things.”

And on the company side, they begin thinking of budgets, projects, and the right talent on their teams.

So as the job market heats up for the last push of the year, here’s a step-by-step rundown on the best approach for finding your next role.

Applying for jobs can feel like a job itself, but be patient throughout this process. One career consultant tells clients to expect to apply to 100 jobs before receiving an offer.

“People are not commodities, and jobs are not commodities,” Brett House, a Columbia Business School professor, said. “If people are contemplating changes in their work situation, they should look at that as a long ongoing process to find that mutual fit.”

And if you aren’t on the job hunt, beware of joining the growing contingent of “grumpy stayers” — people who are reluctantly stuck at their jobs amid a cooling labor market.


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  3. Employers need to stop treating workers like students. Amy Leschke-Kahle of ADP said return-to-office policies are a great example of this. Employers should experiment to figure out what’s best for their workers and business.
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