"I'd get bored easily," says Holly. "Or maybe I couldn't get the hours that I wanted. It was no big deal. I'd switch to a store or restaurant that needed workers."
"The store I was working at closed and I was out in the cold," he says. "I wasn't prepared to move to a new place — my class schedule was all over the place. I ended up taking a few months off."
Being forced out of a job is one thing; being unable to find new work is another. Holly realized that his willingness to switch jobs cost him in the end. Instead of staying with a stable employer, he continually moved on, eventually moving himself out of a job.
Career adviser Micah Pratt says he hears scenarios like Holly's often.
"People don't think they need to prepare themselves for whatever might be next in their lives," says Pratt. "Jobs are temporary things these days. Companies have no loyalty to you, only to the bottom line."
That's why Pratt says he thinks employees should continually look for the perfect situation, even if they've recently been hired.
"Until you're working for a place that gives you exactly how much money you want -- meaning you name the price -- and showers you with perks and time off, you don't have the 'perfect job,'" says Pratt. "You may have a great job but there might be something out there that can offer you more."
Once you decide to remain active in the job market, there are a few things to remember:
- Update your resume each time you take a class or seminar, are assigned to a new project, complete an exemplary task or are honored with a company award. It's easier to summarize accomplishments for a resume when they are still fresh in your mind.
- Proceed with caution when networking with clients and peers. You want to establish yourself as a talented, ambitious individual, not a glad-handing job seeker.
- Do not publicize the fact that you're looking for a job with your co-workers. "You shouldn't assume everyone wants what's best for you," says Pratt. "Sometimes, people just want your job, and they'll use whatever you say to them to help their cause. You don't want to have to defend yourself in front of your boss because someone opened his mouth."
- Do not send off resumes in every direction. Pick and choose the jobs that really appeal to you. You may come across these jobs as frequently as once a day or as infrequently as once every two months. The more resumes saturating the market could eventually lead unnecessary information back to your boss.
- Don't fear social media. Granted, you'll want to be cautious and careful with your posts and status updates, but you want a digital footprint of your life, especially one that will appeal to potential employers. "People think that with the exception of LinkeIn, they should be this blank slate online when they're looking for a new job," says Henry Germond, a Denver-based career adviser. "That's not the case. You have to be careful what you post, of course, because every recruiter or manager who runs across your resume will Google your name to find out more about you. But let them find out that you're an interesting person with a solid work ethic and a mind that continues to expand."