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Career Search vs. Job Hunting

Through many talks with candidates and recruiters alike, I’ve often been asked, what is the difference between a ‘Career Search’ and ‘Job Hunting’? You could forgive those who mistakenly feel they are ‘one and the same’ however; I believe they are two very different methods when looking for new opportunities.

Job Hunting is the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment or discontent with a current position. The immediate goal of job hunting is usually to obtain a job interview with an employer which may lead to getting hired.


 Common methods of job hunting are:


- Finding a job through a friend or an extended business network, personal network or online social network
- Using an employment website
- Using an employment agency or a recruiter
- Looking on a company's web site for open vacancies
- Going to a job fair


Using professional guidance such as outplacement services that give training in writing a résumé, applying for jobs and how to be successful at interview.

A Career Search is the act of looking for a role that offers an individual an opportunity to enhance their current status. It is in line with the individual’s overall career plan. It is the combination of structured and strategic planning, marketing, and the active management choice of their professional career.


It is common that the individual focused on a career move, will often pursue one of the following services before applying for a new opportunity
:


- Career Assessments
- Career Counselling
- Executive Coaching
- Career Development Centres


All of which help the individual with the exploration and decision making tasks related to choosing an occupation, making the transition to the working environment, or further professional development.

Now, let’s take a look at the difference between a ‘Job’ and a ‘Career’

What is a Job?
Noun – A paid position of regular employment
Verb – Do casual or occasional work
Synonyms – work, occupation, employment, position

What is a Career?
Noun –An occupation undertaken for a significant period of an individual’s life and with opportunities for progress
Verb – Move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way in a specified direction
Synonyms – profession, occupation

Now we have a question that needs to be asked.......how many job hunters, find a career and how many career hunters find a job?


About the AuthorPaul Myers - Staffing and Recruitment Professional

 
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