The Festivities will shortly be over and you will be thinking New Year’s resolutions. Amongst the ‘join the gym’ and ‘see friends more regularly’ you might have one that is all about finding a new job.
Finding a new job
Although it is often easier said than done, finding a new job can be hard work. Yet we all know that working from a project plan can make the job search much easier. Here are our top tips and steps on how to find a new job that ticks all your boxes and one that you will enjoy going to work to.
1. Identify your skills and preferences
Recognising your key skills and strengths is one of the most important activities you need to undertake before starting out on your search for a new job. It’s not about just knowing what you are good at but about how you tell potential employers about your amazing abilities and personal aptitudes. You’ll need to write up lists of all the things you are good at, your transferable skills and your work preferences. Identifying your skills, experience and successes and matching them to a chosen new job will make good reading for a hiring manager.
Don’t forget to ask people who are close to you, colleagues, friends and family what they think you excel at and how you come across to them. Their input can be very illuminating and helpful as you collate information about yourself and how effective you are at undertaking tasks and working with others.
2. Know where you want to work and where you want to live
Finding a new job in your area may or may not be an option. You need to decide if you can relocate if you have to or whether it is important that you stay where you are now. Once you decide on where you want to live then you can decide if you want to look for work in that area or whether you will commute to work. Once these decisions have been taken the job search can be narrowed down to a specific tow or city and the surrounding areas.
It’s of equal importance to weigh up the pros and cons about the cost-of-living, transportation, access, proximity to family and friends when you are deciding about where to live and work and what your lifestyle and budget will allow.
3. Have a list of ‘must-haves’, ‘nice-to-have’ and ‘don’t-wants’ with regard to your new job
Knowing where you want to work, with whom and within what culture all help you make informed job choices. If it is important to you to be in an outdoor environment, working within a team and having flexible hours you will be most dissatisfied if you take a new job that is office based, 9-5 and you are working in isolation. Not only will you be unhappy but you are unlikely to achieve any professional goals.
Finding out what is important to you helps you set your personal and professional career goals and can help you align your work-life balance. What you don’t get from your work environment, perhaps you can retrieve in your home life.
4. Use career interest tests to research and identify suitable careers
There are a number of complimentary test on-line which use different careers education theories to help you identify and discover where your career interests lie and what jobs you would find the greatest satisfaction doing. The American Job Center site is one of the best and can be used internationally. Their O*Net Interest Profiler uses Dr J Holland’s RIASEC Model of Occupations. The results will indicate the different job area you are most likely to find job satisfaction.
If you need more information about what the codes mean and how you can interpret them, contact us and we can discuss your options.
There’s another useful tool on Total Jobs which also uses the same theories but is presented in a different format.
5. Create your Personal Brand Statement
In preparation for the new job search you need to create a respectable and credible career story. This needs to be a short dynamic summary of who you are and why a particular career is a good fit to your interests and talents. You must include your key skills and how you see them supporting your new career. This summary needs to be succinct and you will want to rehearse it so you are comfortable reciting it without hesitation to anyone you meet, including family, friends and potential employers.
6. Rewrite your CV to make an impact
Is your current CV or Resume out of date and often compared to a tombstone? how effective has it been so far? Most CVs are out of date and listings of duties making for dull and uninteresting reading. Your CV needs to make an impact, be focused and draw attention to your best attributes and successes. The reader needs to want to talk to you further.
7. Make an informed decision on what new job is right for you
If your job search is to be successful you now need to have a clear strategy about what your want to do in which industry and sector. The clearer and more specific you are the more likely you are to be successful as you focus specifically on and around these businesses for the ideal job.
8. Set up informational interviews
You will want to harness you network and use your contacts as an effective way to lead to a new job. Knowing different people and the right people can get you into places. Ask around your network for information. Set up one-to-one meetings either on the phone or in person to learn more about particular roles, industries, career paths and ask more questions. With all the answers you will be better informed to make decisions on where to go next and how to proceed. You will also get more leads in who are recruiting in particular roles.
Networking is also a great way to maintain confidence whilst job hunting.
9. Research the market
Research is a keyword when it comes to job hunting. For every application you make you need to research the background of the role, the history and values of the organisation you are applying to and ensure that these meet your personal needs. When these align and you feel comfortable that all boxes are ticked, then you are more likely to be happy at work and successful at interview.
When you are invited to interview, you need to double that research and discover even more about the role, the organisation and the panel interviewing you.
10. Take action and communicate
It takes a lot of effort to find a new job and actions speak louder than words! It is essential that you communicate with your network, with recruiters and use social media at is best to place your CV in front of the decision makers. Update your LinkedIn profile, collaborate in forums and raise your on-line profile. Demonstrate your expertise appropriately and show off your talents. Employers want to know what you can do for them. Engage where possible and put your transferable skills into action. Pass the word round that you are looking for a new job and point people in the direction of where they can see what you are all about. If you use social media well in whatever medium is appropriate you can find yourself well placed when it comes to finding your new job.
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