I was struggling with the post title and the post itself, to be honest, so just bare with me. As many of you may know I quit my job last December and was full of ideas for my next step: relocation, starting my own business, travelling. A few months later, I have found myself still in Switzerland at a new job, which is challenging in many ways and today, I wanted to share with you my experience of finding myself, finding the new job and also what it was like for me to be unemployed for a few weeks.
During this transition, I was unemployed for a few weeks and honestly, I enjoyed the time that I had for me. I finally had time to focus on myself and clear my head. It is important to have the time in between jobs to clear your head, simply because diving into a new job search without knowing clearly what you are looking for can be a struggle. So that is what I did the first two weeks out of job:
Before I launched my job seeking websites, I sat down with pen and paper and identified potential areas/industries that were interesting for me: Pharma, MedTech, Publishing, Fashion & Apparel
I then also identified countries, where I would like to work and live: Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, UK, Switzerland.
My search was then quickly narrowed to French/English speaking countries, for obvious reasons. My heart broke for a second there, but I know that sooner or later I will be living in Stockholm, or maybe at least dream about it. Anyway, the next few days were in research mode: researching companies, potential opportunities and where I fit in within these companies.
How to help you focus/narrow your search:
I have to admit what helped me immensely was my friend who works in HR and she was amazing in helping me structure my CV and give advice on what to look out for and how to get your CV noticed. Thank you Camille.
Websites that may help you in your job search:
Shortly after sending in various applications, I started receiving phone calls for interviews, and then the conflicting has begun. It was not easy on the phone to hear "sorry we selected someone else" or receive negative responses, but the key is to be motivated and never give up. I also kept the attitude that the right opportunity will knock on my door when I least expect it - and it did.
*I am happy to share more on my prep for interviews//CV in private, so do not hesitate to message me here or on LinkedIn.
I will soon do a separate post on integrating in the new company and share my experience with you. If you have any specific requests in this regards, PM me.
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