The Job Search…
A thorough job search is not unlike a full time job. It’s stressful, takes time and requires an incredible level of patience and resilience. If you want to score a job you’re passionate about, you can’t go into it half-heartedly. You need a STRATEGY. And we’re here to give you one.
A good place to start where your new (or not so new!) job search is concerned is by setting yourself some tangible goals:
* What kind of job are you looking for?
* What business culture appeals most?
* What salary are looking at as a minimum?
Lay down a list of questions similar to the examples above and create some top line objectives, but please for the love of LIFE make sure that you’re realistic. Stating in your aims that you’re looking for £100,000 minimum for a Marketing Executive role is just ridiculous and you know it. Of course we’d all love to be on a salary like that, but you need to bring yourself back down to earth. Once you have a realistic idea of what you’re looking to achieve, the rest of our job search strategy plan will make sense.
Lists aren’t just for the Monica Gellars of the world! They are exceedingly useful and you definitely need to include a list or two in your job search strategy. A starter to compiling lists at the start of your search could be taking a top line view of all your skills and working out which industries, disciplines and businesses they align with best. List 20 businesses which match all of your goals and objectives. These businesses should form the bullseye of your plan. By citing your target businesses, you can conduct thorough research in an organised and structured way, as well as keep tabs. Put it this way, you won’t be panicking come interview time if you’ve done this!
The job search can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. The best way to combat this is by setting yourself small targets rather than focussing on your ideal end point. It’s not just one activity that’s going to get you to where you want to be. It’s an accumulation of a number of smaller, bitesize chunks. This way, it’s much less of a blow if you didn’t get that interview you’d hoped for. You just move onto your next mini target. Simples.
You need to be ON IT when jobs that you’re attracted to arise. The job market, particularly in big cities, is a fast mover. If you see a role that you really want, you need to be all over it with your covering letter and CV. If you’re not, someone else will be and they’ll end up getting the job simply because they got in there first. Believe it or not, there are more people than just you who can do the job you’re looking for. As long as you’re prepared with the necessary application collateral, you should be able to move at a pace that compliments the speed of the market.
Tailor Your CV
We know this can be really annoying and much easier said than done, but you just need to get your head down and do it. No matter how painful it is to even think about compiling and updating your CV, you need to do it. Obviously, nowadays, many employers offer candidates the opportunity to apply with their LinkedIn profiles which is great, but if you do this and get invited for an interview, you should complete and provide them with a CV when you meet. If you don’t they’ll probably think you can’t be bothered. It makes you look lazy and no business is looking to employ idle staff.
The job hunt can be an incredibly demoralising, frustrating process. You need to be persistent with it. You’re not going to get every job you’ve ever applied for unless you’re extremely lucky. Don’t take it personally. Think about the fact that you got to interview stage. That’s a great thing. There are a lot more factors involved in the hiring process which dictate whether or not someone gets the job. More often than not, a business will value cultural fit over skills and experience, which sounds ridiculous but don’t think of that as a bad thing. If they don’t think you’re the right culture fit for their business, chances are you probably aren’t. They’ve done you a favour. Persevere. The right opportunity will arrive eventually!
This point follows on nicely from the above. It can be easy to become disheartened during a job search, but this is your chance to prove to yourself how strong you are. Build up a thick skin and you’ll find that more things will begin falling into place for you. If you’re positive, you’re confident and that is what prospective employers want to see. Embrace it. Enjoy searching for a job. Relish in the chance to pinpoint your businesses of interest and GO FOR IT.
We hope this plan has given you a good starting point for your job search.