I Am Searching For A Job
Looking for a new job, or even for your first job, can be a time-consuming and thoroughly depressing process. There are thousands upon thousands of jobs out there and hundreds and hundreds of job sites; each with their own method of application, required skill sets, hoops to jump through and hurdles to jump over. So how do you work out what the right job is for you and how do you design your job search accordingly?
Well, there are a number of things you can do to lighten the load and make your job search less painful and less time-consuming.
And the first part is figuring out what it is you want to do.
Now that sounds easy and perfectly straightforward but loads of people I talk to, friends, school leavers, those retiring or seeking a new career, usually have absolutely no idea what it is they want to do next. And it can sometimes be hard to figure it out.
Fortunately, we have been where you are and can show you some great techniques to help you work out what it is you want to do next and get to work to deliver it successfully.
There’s a whole range of things to think about, but if you work through these things in an organised and structured way you can get to a place where the mist in your mind clears (for a while at least) and you are able to obtain sufficient clarity to move you to take the next few steps.
But I want to talk with you today about how you can maximise your time and minimise your stress in this important area of searching for a job.
If you know what it is you want to do, that’s great, it makes life a lot easier. Not easy, just easier. There’s still plenty you will need to do and to commit to before you can be successful.
But knowing what you want to do – if this is possible – is the first step.
It might be that although you don’t know precisely what you want to do, you do have a general idea that you want to get into a certain area or field of work – that’s fine.
Or it could be that you just know you need a job and are prepared to consider doing pretty much anything (legal!) to make some money. That’s fine too, but we would just pause for a moment to simply invite you to consider how your choices might look in the future to a recruiter – how does this next choice fit into your overall career plan? So try and keep in a particular theme or area if you need to.
The second step that you should consider, with your intended role in mind, is to identify where a person recruiting for that job would be looking for people. Would they be advertising on a specific job site of some sort, or in a range of industry specific sites perhaps? Or, for your particular job, is this more likely to be an advert in the local paper? Or a card in a newsagent’s window? Or would they be using LinkedIn’s algorithms to find suitable people?
Wherever they are looking – guess what – that’s where you need to be in order to get found.
Sounds obvious but so many people look in the wrong places, get disheartened and give up. At least give yourself the chance of finding the right role by looking in the right place. Sure, there’s plenty more to it than just this, but this is the starting point. Build on solid foundations and you will be giving yourself the very best chance of success.
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