Matthew Tarpey | July 27, 2016
Trying to catch 'em all, but your job hunt is getting in the way of your Pokémon hunt? Here are six tips that can help you catch not only Pokémon, but also a new job as well.
1. Find the right match
Pokémon Go: Match your Pokémon type for the battle ahead
Not every Pokémon is right for every battle…
Job search: Match your resume to the job you're applying to
Similarly, when applying for a job…
2. Always be prepared
Pokémon Go: Use lucky eggs before evolving Pokémon
A well-timed lucky egg is the key to leveling up faster.
Job search: Prepare for the interview by researching before going in
Researching the company before your job interview is the key to making a great first impression.
3. Consider all factors
Pokémon Go: Look at a Pokémon's moves, not just its CP before transferring it
Don't judge a Pokémon by its CP. When deciding which duplicate Pokémon to keep and which to transfer, be sure to compare their moves as well.
Job search: There's more to a job than just salary
Don't judge a job by its starting salary. When deciding whether to accept a job offer, be sure to consider benefits packages, perks, opportunities for advancement and company culture.
4. Expand your search
Pokémon Go: The more places you look, the more types of Pokémon you'll find
You'll never find all the Pokémon that are out there if you just keep looking in the same place
Job search: Look for positions in other cities and even across industries
You'll never know what other job opportunities are out there if you just keep searching the same keywords and in the same industry. Expand your search – you'd be surprised how many skills are transferrable to other industries.
5. Draw them out
Pokémon Go: Use lures and incense to draw Pokémon to you
Sometimes pounding the pavement isn't enough – you need a way to attract nearby Pokémon. Well that's exactly what lures and incense are designed for – to draw Pokémon to your location.
Job search: Use keywords in your resume and cover letter to attract more employers
How can you get employers to seek you out? Keeping an updated resume, complete with sought-after keywords available online is an easy way to attract employers and make yourself stand out from the crowd.
6. Even if you're not actively hunting, you should be passively hunting
Pokémon Go: You never know when a legendary Pokémon will pop up
If you're connected to Wifi and a power source, there's no harm in keeping the app open. You never know what kind of Pokémon may show up.
Job search: You never know when a legendary job opportunity will pop up
Even if you already have a job, there's no harm in keeping your resume and professional profiles updated and perusing job listings from time to time. After all, you never know when that dream job may pop up.