Where to start on the job search?


Starting Point


I have spent more than 14 years in learning and development and one of the hardest things that I have came across was a starting point for people . People know in their head what they need to do but for some reason, it seems to be the hardest thing to do.

Maybe the psychology behind it might be - that once you start the process, it effectively becomes real and it then means some type commitment or action.

Now I am not a therapist but a coach and mentor. I have helped and supported many hundreds of people, not just back into work but back on to a road that suits them. From all these interactions, my experience has found that the best starting point is a straight forward "written plan". For me this written plan, usually type of individual action plan and steps were laid out with targets, reviews at different time bound stages. This can be a simple document, where you want to achieve your goals by certain dates.

How do you start a plan - I always like the quote by Steve Covey ‘Start with the end in mind’. If you have the end objective in mind, break down the small steps that you need to get there.

Getting a job is often the end factor but the beginning is just as important. particularly for someone who is unemployed or someone considering a massive change of direction in their life.

Give yourself enough time to follow the steps that you want, and periodically review what you are doing.

Always ask - what I am doing right? What can I do differently? Who can help me? What will I feel when I achieve this goal?

Example -Small steps in searching for a job

-developing a credible CV,

-writing out a punchy cover letter,-

-targeting CV & Cover letter for different positions,

-uploading my CV & cover letter onto job boards,

-practice filling in online or hard copy application forms, -

-join a job club and go weekly,

-talk to friends and family,

-look at local companies starting up( as they grow they are more likely to recruit),

-sign up to recruitment agencies,

-sign up to daily job alerts from job websites,

-use yell.com to get the contacts of employers in your local area or trade sector,

-contact employers by phone about recruitment at their firm,

-check large employers website for current vacancies,

-sign up to linked in, job groups on Facebook etc

Break these steps to achieving maybe 1 or 2 a week over a 3 month period.

If you can think of more write them down and assign dates for these targets to be completed. Eventually, over time, interviews will happen and your main goal will be achieved.

If it is not working, change your approach and use another method. What is stopping you?

Whether you are looking for a job or just sitting on the fence about something, my best advice is to stop thinking about it, get planning and take control of the starting point in your life.

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