This weeks Agony Aunt question is about finding a new job, ‘The First Steps To Finding a New Career‘.
The First Steps To Finding a New Career
I have been thinking about getting a new job for a while but I have no idea where or how to start? What is the first step I should be taking and how can I have a time effective job hunt?
Many people are apprehensive about starting a new job but it can be worse trying to look for one. If you, like many are saying to yourself ‘I need a new job’ but are afraid of starting then fear not! All you need to do is take the first step…..
This isn’t as scary as it sounds – write a list of things you want – what role do you want, where do you want to work, who do you want to work with, what industry do you want to work in? All of these things written down will begin to give you clarity. Often with our clients they have had such long and diverse careers they often don’t know where to focus their job hunt. When you are looking at consultative roles make sure you approach an industry greatest suited to your skills and expertise; at this level it is often more about what new ideas you can bring to them rather than what your package is going to be.
Secondly you need to do an audit of your skills – write another list of your areas of expertise and key skills that make you better than anyone else. Remind yourself of what you have achieved in you latest role and any extra training that you may have done. Above all make a note of the things that you have enjoyed doing the most, because if you like what you do and are passionate about it then that will shine through to potential employers.
Now put the two lists together… make sure what you are good at is the sort of role you are after and that you have the right level of expectations. Does your training and qualifications match your expectations – are you in the right industry at the right level. When looking for a job it is important that you apply for the most suitable job for you otherwise what is an already highly competitive and often unforgiving job market will only appear that much harder to get into.
What you need to do next is make sure your CV matches your lists – does it make it clear what role you would be looking for and are your key skills and achievements clearly visible to see. Re working your CV will make your think about what you have learnt and how you have been an asset to your current employer. This will not only remind you that you deserve a better role but will also act to boost your confidence and encourage you to send it off to potential opportunities.
The next step and one I find myself repeating is to Network. Review your contacts list – would anyone be able to make a useful introduction for you, if you are not already on LinkedIn you should create a profile – this way you can be in touch with people and be open to any opportunities that come your way. Your contacts and any new ones you can make can give you useful information that may help you stand out from the crowd.
By following these easy steps you will find yourself being ready and prepared for any new opportunities and searching for a job in a way that is stress free and ultimately more productive.
Emma Foster, Senior Client Relationship Manager