It has been said that you probably know the person who can help you find your next job .Richard Bolles is the author of probably the best selling job-hunting book in the world “What colour is your parachute?” He says that the average person will job-hunt eight times in their life, so you may as well master the technique! He also points out that the person who gets the job is not necessarily the best person for the job, but the one who knows the most about job hunting!
Lots of people dread hob hunting. Maybe you want a new job, but hate the idea of what’s involved- steps such as writing your CV or Resume, networking, doing research, and attending interviews. So make it easier for yourself- Find the parts you like or hate the least, and start there.
There are many types of job search, the most obvious distinction is between the conventional and the unconventional, or disruptive job search as some pundits are calling it .So we will examine a number of tactics and strategies and suggest you “Pick and Mix” what works for you.
Maybe you have found or read some job search advice and are following it rigidly whether or not you feel comfortable doing it. But if you’re struggling to make your way through the maze, and adapt the process for yourself.
Just do something! Find your favourite aspect and tackle that. Make a start and then follow whatever opportunities present themselves .Once you have the ball rolling you can step back and consider a strategy going forward.
There are so many different steps in job search you must be comfortable with some of it. Maybe doing research is just your thing. It’s a fantastic place to start a job or career change anyway!
Or, perhaps you are a “people person.” Brilliant ! Networking is still the most successful way of landing your next job.
The idea here is to get moving. If you’re stuck, remember that things will become more manageable once you get moving and start getting results from your efforts. So, start with the things that come naturally to you.
For example, if you are best at talking to people and feel you want to talk things over with friends; call them! And join a job search support group. Then follow through to other networking groups and conversations. A support group could be just the thing to start making some new connections and get you in the right frame of mind.
Do What Works For You.
For example: if you’ve heard online networking is great but you can’t manage that then start with in-person networking. The local chamber of commerce is a great place to start, as are Breakfast or lunch networking groups. Industry associations are usually a great way to meet people.
And, don’t forget barbecues and family parties. The best connections resulting in leads and job offers often originate there. And don’t forget reunions and alumni events!
Go with your instinct
Sometimes a really strategic contact is someone you’d never socialize with on a personal level. But the chances are, if they are uncomfortable to you they and their company may not be a good match for you anyway. Of course, there’s more to an organization than one employee. And, if you end up working there, you might never again have to deal with this person.
But remember when you’re talking with someone you like, you’re at your best. You shine and show your true colours. This puts you in the best possible light for referrals and other invites. So maybe you are more comfortable building a true relationship with a few great people; In the end; networking is truly about relationships.
Get help with the things you don’t like. Get a coach or CV or Resume writer to help with the steps you just can’t motivate yourself to do. You’ll be amazed how much easier things become when you’re guided!
One step at a time
Many small steps make a big effort so identify what makes you feel best and start there. Don’t try to be perfect as this will only lead to inertia.
Make this YOUR project. Be easy on yourself, look back on everything you’ve already accomplished and know your next opportunity is around the corner.
Even if it takes several months – which is not at all unusual these days, don’t give up.