Admittedly, 2020 was, without doubt, one of the most challenging years we have all experienced. With the heralding in of a New Year, most people will start to consider the New Year New Job scenario.

Have you decided that it is time for a change? You may have spent most of January pondering the New Year New Job scenario, most people probably did and then did nothing about it.

Don’t be like most people if you’re really committed to the New Year New Job, then Let’s Get to Work.

Here are some simple hints and tips to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

Don’t be clueless about your career, do the work upfront

In a previous article about Preparing for your next interview, we discussed how to prepare for the various types of interviews you may be exposed to and we also delved into Brand You. Both these articles explore some of the absolute basic things you, as a job seeker need to be doing.

No one can do this for you. You need to be across Brand You. You and only you will really know the ins and outs of your work history. If you’re struggling to remember how or why you’ve listed responsibilities or achievements on your CV, maybe it’s time to revisit them.

The work you do upfront will pay off in your next job. How you might ask?

  1. Know your work history (you’re probably thinking doesn’t everyone, well no! Many people and we mean lots, will blissfully umm and urrrr their way through an interview and will often have to pause to refer back to their CV because they can’t remember what they did let alone why).
  2. When you know item 1, talking about your roles, responsibilities and importantly your achievements becomes easier, it should be second nature.
  3. This knowledge then comes across as confidence (and suggests a level of competence and that you’re taking this job search thing seriously).

Planning for the next role

As an example, we’ve been working with Sam as his/her career coach for about the past 6-7 months, to quote, “Sam wants to make a move from where he/she is today to his/her dream job of being a Project Director”. We can discuss the dream job quote another time but for now, let’s look at this.

Sam (not his/her real name), already knows what the end goal is, he/she is just not sure about how to get there.

  • We’ve worked on rewriting his/her CV
  • Written an executive summary
  • Identified his/her key skills and competencies, and in doing so we’ve also uncovered some of his/her capability gaps and well as some of his/her superpowers i.e. the stuff he/she excels at.
  • We’ve also worked on messaging and communication, and making sure that Sam can articulate his/her personal value proposition without the umm’s.

By the way, skills gaps are not Show Stoppers.

Have a goal and work towards it

When you’ve identified your goal, understand your skills and skill gaps you’re already ahead of the game, in fact, you’re more than halfway to your goal.

Most people think if they just adjust or tailor their CV to each role they apply to then that’s enough, unfortunately, it’s not.

  1. What is your dream job? If you don’t know it’s time to start working on finding out.
  2. Identify the types of organisations you want to work for and why?
  3. If you have skill gaps in comparison to your dream job or dream organisation, it’s up to you to make a choice to close that gap with either more education or further training or do nothing, that’s your choice.
  4. Time, there is no point in setting a goal without some type of time constraint around it, you need to move beyond the Gonna and Shoulda to Action.

Relationships and Networks

As a specialist consulting firm, we advertise approximately 10%-15% of the roles we work on, we make a point of getting to know our clients and candidates, today’s candidate is tomorrow’s client and vice versa.

Our success is predicated on our networks and relationships we’ve built and maintained over many years.

When was the last time you nurtured your relationships and networks?

It has always been a competitive job market so control what you can.

Remember if you’re going to move away from just thinking about changing jobs, you need to take those thoughts and combine them with action.

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