1. Know what you are looking for from your next career move
Don’t start your job search until you have a good understanding of what you want to achieve from your next role. Research the market to see what opportunities are available. Consult with peers, mentors, career professionals and contacts to obtain their feedback and views. Consider all the options and then refine your needs, wants and wishes in terms of your next career move.
2. Consider the medium to long term view and where your next move might take you in the context of your overall career trajectory.
It is important to consider where your next role might take you and how this fits in with your overall career plan. What experience will it provide you with and how will it aid your career progression?
3. Take control – Manage your job search process
Avoid the ‘scatter gun’ approach and only apply for roles that are genuinely of interest to you. This way you can concentrate on the roles that matter to you. Track the applications that you have submitted on an Excel spreadsheet. Hold onto a copy of the job specifications too as you will need them for your interview preparation. If you have not received feedback on applications you have submitted follow up on them with an email or phone call.
4. Make sure that your CV and LinkedIn profile are up to date
Your CV and LinkedIn profile should not only be the best possible representation of you and your skills and experience, they should also match and correspond. Make sure your dates are correct and that there are no gaps or spelling errors. Ensure that each contains the key words that recruiters or hiring managers are likely to use if they are seeking to source a candidate like you.
5. Be Available
If you are applying for roles make sure that you are checking your emails and voicemails on a regular basis and respond in a timely manner. If you are not available on a regular basis to take a call or you delay in your response to an email it creates the wrong impression, particularly if you are not currently working. Make sure that your voicemail message projects a professional image.
6. Be interview ready
If you have submitted applications effectively you could be called for an interview at any stage. Don’t wait until you get the request to attend an interview to start your preparation. Ideally your interview preparation should start at the same time as when you are drafting your CV. Similarly if you are serious about your search it would be advisable to have your suit dry cleaned and ready for interview.
7. Don’t rush the process
Be patient. Investing time in your job search process will pay off. Time spent at this stage can help reduce the risk of having to go through the process again in the short term if your move doesn’t work out. Finding a new role can be a time consuming exercise so make sure that you give it the time and commitment it deserves.
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