What to do when you’re overwhelmed by job search – Boston Herald

I want to look for a new job, but I don’t know how to fit it in. I haven’t updated my resume in years and the whole process just overwhelms me. I may just table it until spring. What do you think?
I wouldn’t necessarily wait to start looking for a new job — what if your dream job is waiting for you to pursue it right now? Signing up for job alerts online is a free and low-maintenance entry point to start getting into job search mode so opportunities land in your in-box. Keep it simple: Start perusing various job descriptions to see the skills and experiences employers are seeking.
It sounds like you may feel overwhelmed with the search that hasn’t begun yet — this is normal especially if you’re working long hours in your current role, wondering how to handle the search on top of your job. Do a little each day. Carve out 30 minutes in your calendar so it’s reserved as an appointment.
Focus on revising your resume. You don’t need to re-create the wheel — look at previous annual performance reviews and start incorporating accomplishments into your resume. Look at your employer’s intranet site. Maybe they have your job or a similar one posted. Copy and paste the job description into your resume and tweak it as necessary. Quantify things as much as you can (if you manage an annual budget, what’s the amount? Manage people? How many?). Your resume is one of the first places you can start along with seeing what’s out there so you can tailor your search and start to apply to jobs either in your field or in other ones that pique your interest.
My boss encourages us to take a vacation. But we’re hourly so we don’t get paid for hours we don’t work in the restaurant. He really encourages us to the point that it’s almost shaming looking down on us if we don’t take time. I have two kids at home and I’m a single mom; I need to work. What should I do?
While it’s great your boss encourages time off, the shaming part is where it crosses the line, plus you’re not getting paid for time off so it’s lost revenue. If you don’t want to take time off, don’t take it.
You may want to talk to him and say something like this to hopefully decrease or eliminate further shaming comments: “Thank you for your support in taking time off, but I need to work to get paid so my time off this summer may be for a long holiday weekend, but that’s it.” You don’t need to justify why you’re not taking off, which is interesting because in so many cases it’s the opposite — not needing to justify why you are taking off. Ultimately do what works best for you.
I’d like to think that perhaps he knows how hard everyone works and encourages a break similarly if he also takes time off and experiences benefits to detaching, but without knowing further information, I don’t want to leap to assumptions. Again, focus on what you need to do to best take care of yourself and your kids.
Vicki Salemi is a career expert, former corporate recruiter, author, consultant, speaker, and career coach. This column was provided by Tribune News Service.
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