2017 is here so make this your best job search year ever!
1. Carry out a career self-assessment
This is the most fundamental part of your strategy. Energy and interest are to your career path what the North Star is to celestial navigators. Paying attention to what engages and excites you, what lights you up, and what stimulates your intellect points you toward the tasks and situations that enable you to be your best self. That’s where you will thrive.
2. Reflect on what you have to offer
Carried out by Skype or in person, this career audit is a 2 hour personal coaching session which involves an analysis of your career and assessment of your career to date, with an in-depth review of all your achievements and successes. You will receive a comprehensive written report, as well as reports from the psychometric testing.
3. What’s the dream?
- What will make me happy day-to-day?
- Where do I want to be in 5 years?
- What salary do I need to aim for to meet my goals and vision of myself?
Once you’ve got the answers to these questions you can limit your search. Make a list of target companies and organisations that are in line with your goals values and vision. This will help you get to where you want to be. Don’t be afraid to aim high and go for what you really want. Gilly Weinstein, Executive Coach, talks about how a fear of failure can prevent us from following a heart based career and end up in the same old rut, day in and day out:
Fear of getting it wrong can be a killer, a thwarter of initiative, a formidably paralyzing force. I’ve seen what a stranglehold this fear can have on even the brightest people’s growth. It is only when we shed (even partially, even temporarily) the old fear of making a mistake, or the desire to achieve a perfect score card on all fronts, that we can bring more aliveness to our careers, and indeed, our lives! Next time you can, dare to throw a bit of that well-distilled caution to the winds, listen to what your gut is whispering, and see what happens. Don’t be afraid to make a heart based career decision.
4. The fall back
Freelance or project work may not be the ideal prospect, but it is better than nothing. Try and leverage these assignments to create other opportunities. Get a good understanding of where your requirements lie on the market. Emphasize your added value but also be clear that non-financial considerations are equally important. Do this without selling your soul and negotiate hard for fringe benefits.
5. Does your CV need updating?
Currently any recruiter, hiring manager or search specialist will spend about 8 seconds looking at your mission statement, attempting to establish what you have achieved in your career to date and to ascertain if can you can transfer that success to their client. Use that space wisely to sell yourself to draw the reader in to the body of your CV and after that to secure an interview.
6. Your CV isn’t the only representation of you
Knowing your way around the world’s largest professional network gives you an advantage in today’s competitive job market. Build that stand out profile to find a new on LinkedIn, because if you don’t, another smart woman will. Today using LinkedIn to find a new role is no longer an alternative option. It is a vital part of your career planning.
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