There is so much to think about and so much to do when you’re looking for a job!
The task is daunting for everyone, recent graduates starting their career, seasoned professionals wanting to make a change, and senior executives looking for new challenges.
Whether you’re aiming for a promotion in your current company, or looking for an entirely new professional direction, you need to gain clarity on what you really want, and establish a solid career plan to implement until you succeed.
Most people who come to see me for career coaching excel at managing projects, or a study program, but they’re not very good at managing their own career change plan. In fact, most of them don’t even have a plan fully laid out.
It’s understandable, job hunting is a time consuming activity that usually has to be done at a stressful time of one’s life. There are so many jobs advertised on the web, they’re just a click away but despite applying to many positions, applicants rarely get a reply – even a negative one. It’s easy to get lost in the hundreds of job vacancies, but you have to be methodical and targeted in your application strategy, seeking only the industries and companies that correspond to your aspirations.
Networking is supposed to be the best way to get a job, but most people have a rather negative image of what this might entail and are, quite rightly, reluctant to engage in any form of cold calling. Being a sales person for oneself is not easy, and asking for favors is even harder. It’s time to revisit the concept of networking to see it more as a structured exchange between peers, which can be pleasant and useful for both parties!
The emotional aspects of job hunting are the most demanding, and the most overlooked. Managing the stress, handling rejections, preparing for interviews and taking care of yourself are essential to maintaining the good level of positive energy that you need at this time of your life.
With over 20 years of coaching people for their career success, I have distilled the essential aspects that must absolutely be part of your job hunting strategy, and I’ve summed them up in the free Job Hunter’s Ultimate Checklist .
This checklist will help you to think of everything you need to do to, and make sure that you are not missing any important step. Job hunting is a challenge, and I hope this list will help you stay organized, calm and effective while looking for your ideal job.
It’s free! You can get the download plus monthly career tips by clicking on the link below.
Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments box !
©2017 Saba Imru-Mathieu, Executive Leadership Coach, Founding Partner, Leaders Today