Your Job Search Can Be A Positive Experience!
8 November 2016
It can be a stressful, tiring and emotional time when trying to find a new job. Does it really have to be that way, though?
I like to think that with the right approach, it can actually be a positive experience. If it is a positive experience, then it is more likely to succeed. Here are my five steps that I recommend you take before you start your job search.
1. Decide exactly what you want to achieve
What is the motivation for your job search? Career progression, skills development, financial, cultural, personal? What type of business do you want to work for? There are so many things to take into account that it can be useful to write these down clearly and 'sense-check' with someone who you trust.
If this is an exercise you want to carry out in more depth, a previous blog by Barry Lee can help you with this. Although it has a finance slant, it can be applied to every type of job.
2. Think about when the right time is to move
This is important as it will help you structure any financial changes, plans holidays, and take advantage of conditions that may favour your chosen market (PEST factors can really make a different to what jobs are available when).
For example, because the euro and dollar are more competitive against the pound, manufacturing is experiencing an upsurge. This could create more opportunities in that sector.
3. Sort out your online presence
When was the last time that you googled yourself? Remember - a potential employer will search for you on Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. So:
- Run a search on Google and Bing for you and check the results that come up.
- Keep up to date with Facebook Privacy Settings. Use the tools they provide to make sure you are happy with what people are able to see about you.
- Optimise your LinkedIn profile. Make sure this is a great reflection of you and career.
- Think about deleting any embarrassing tweets if you use Twitter.
4. Do you really want to leave your job?
This is a question you should ask yourself before you formally start your search.
Look at your answer and the reasoning behind what you want to achieve - are the genuine and valid?
5. Use your network - carefully
Once that final decision has been made, start to use your network carefully. It is sensible to speak to one or two people who work within the sector that you are targeting. Leverage their contacts and knowledge - most will be happy to help. Speak to a specialist recruiter within your field. A good agency will have access to businesses who use them instead of job boards or recruiting directly. Without speaking to them, there may be vacancies that arise that will be filled without you knowing about it!
Written By Billy McDiarmid