So you’ve decided that your current role isn’t for you. Perhaps you don’t think that you’ll be able to realise certain ambitions at your current firm, or you’ve been made redundant, or you’re just bored.

Whatever your reason, I thought it would be useful to share what has worked for me, and for those I have supported in their search.

Here are some of my top tips:

Take time out to consider what you really want

You may have been in your current role for some time, and it’s easy to stick to what you know or are good at. Consider how long you have left to work, will you be happy doing what you’re doing now, or your boss’s job, or their boss’s job?

Research target companies

Rather than browsing Indeed, research interesting companies that you may want to work with. You may find some interesting places that you haven’t considered yet. It’s best to keep an open mind.

Google yourself

Sign out of all of your social media accounts, go ‘incognito’ and search for yourself on Google. What do you find? This will show you what recruiters, HR, or hiring managers will be able to see if they did the same.

Find a company’s internal recruitment contact or a potential hiring manager, and reach out

We live in a connected environment, where it is becoming easier and easier to contact individuals. Don’t wait for a job to be advertised, chase your dream!

Set yourself realistic goals

You may not ‘need’ to find a new job straight away. Set a goal, perhaps to send five messages a month to a potential company, or research 10 companies a month.

Be social (media)

Share relevant industry news, and comment on prospect’s posts on LinkedIn, or professional Facebook groups, or Twitter, or wherever your kind of people hang out (ps. you won’t find me posting much on Github!)

Be patient

Actively looking for a new role can be a full time job in itself. Be kind to yourself, take breaks, and don’t give up.