10 things you need to do to find your next job

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10 things you need to do to find your next Job

Going back to work can be painful after a break, or if you are frustrated or unhappy at work.  

If you dread returning to work after a holiday or that Monday morning feeling is lasting all week then you are in the right place.

This BLOG will tell you how to create a strategy to find your next job.

My first proper job was running an ice-cream shop at Honeycombe Chine in Bournemouth.  I did that for 4 years (in the holidays).  Sometimes we sold ice creams (i.e. what they paid us to do) but when it was quiet we would wage a summer-long and highly enjoyable water fight with the "deckies", the deck chair attendants who were, to a man, from Liverpool.  If what they told us was to be believed all those old jokes about Liverpudlians applied to those guys - you know: "What do you call a Liverpudlian in a suit?" and all that.  But I digress.  Back to the point, I got that job because my mate already worked for Beach Catering Services and he introduced me to the boss.  I believe that's now called "networking"?

Dependent where you are at in your Career differing strategies are required to move your career on to the next stage.  If you are starting out, a graduate perhaps, I'll give you some tips another time.  If you are in a more established position, say earning more than £50,000, please read on, as this one's for you.

1. Decide what you want to do next:  This may seem obvious, but when I ask clients who tell me they are unhappy at work what they want to do next they usually say: "I'm not sure".  'More money and less hours' doesn't cut it.  To achieve anything you need to be able to spell it out in a sentence.  My advice is to make it even simpler than that. Write down your job title in your next job?  It will give you some real clarity.

2. Get a CV that does the job: make sure that your CV meets my definition: "a CV is a sales tool designed to get you an interview". If it is not going to do that then read my BLOG on the subject for tips or give me a call.

3. Make sure that your Linkedin Profile is 100% complete and use it to maximum effect:  This is a BIG subject and once again my other BLOG entries will help you.  But for now do 2 things that will make an immediate impact.  One, make sure that your Profile is complete.  Fully complete.  Two, check every day (if you have a free account) to see who has looked at your profile and contact those who might prove useful to you such as recruiters, industry leaders and old colleagues.  Make sure that you follow the rules regarding contacting people you do not know.

4. Make a Plan: yes, it's all that fail to plan, plan to fail stuff.  It's true though.  Make a plan. Here's a different quote you might not have heard.  It's from Mike Tyson: "everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth".  It's got nothing to do with the matter in hand, but I like it.

5. Set aside the time: Unfortunately this job search malarkey is time consuming.  But it has to be done, so make time to do it.

6. Get your CV on the right Job Boards: - There are many job boards which serve every industry and every level of role.  Avoid them.  Do your homework and decide which are the right boards for you.  Target job boards specialising in Executive level jobs and those specific to your industry.  Try different search terms, like "Executive jobs" and Google "your industry" jobs.  Also, every industry has at least one weekly or monthly journal - they will almost certainly have a job board worth joining.  Register on the board and upload your shiny new CV.

7. Make a list of influencers and reach out to them:  Network!  Who it is appropriate to contact is of course dependent upon whether or not your job search is in the public domain.  For the sake of this exercise let's assume that it is and that you want, nay you need the word to be out!  Influencers are people who can give you a job, introduce you to someone who has a job to give, or whom may know someone who falls into one of those categories.  In short, industry leaders, colleagues, former colleagues, HR Managers in target companies for whom you'd like to work.

8. Make a list of companies for which you would like to work and contact them:  You have three choices as to whom to contact: HR, the inhouse recruitment team at your target company and the line manager or Director for whom you would be working.  In terms of priority approach those three in reverse order.  The easiest approach is to connect with them on Linkedin and begin a dialogue.  Jolly useful the old Linkedin, what?  Alternatively, write to them direct, tell them who you are, why you are interested in their business and why you would be a great addition to the team.

9. Identify the (good) recruiters in your sector and contact them: Look for the specialists, not the generalists. Use Linkedin.  Seek out those advertising regularly in the industry journals.   Ask your trusted colleagues whom they know and rate.  Get an introduction or make contact.  Make sure that they know who you are and what you want.

10. Apply for jobs: not much to say about that one other than make sure that you obey Golden Rule Number 1!

10+1. Remember point 4 "Make a Plan"?  Well stick to it.  Please.

I wish you every success in your search for a new role.  The market is active and quality will out, so keep at it.

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