Job Search Success – 5 step approach

How many people do you think just ‘accept’ a job versus getting the job they want – one that will inspire them out of their beds in the mornings at least 3 days out of 5. As let’s face it – there really is no Utopia. But expecting to be invigorated in role, challenged, and rewarded in equal measure is not Utopia, it is how it should actually realistically be.

According to articles various from the CIPD, REC, Harvard Business Review  and others, the average appears to be that only  1 in 3 professionals are engaged as described latterly – at least to their expected and  realistic levels.

So my question is why do so many of us just ‘put up and shut up’?

This article is for the 2 in 3 who would opt to take more control, have a bigger, better voice and be respected in the market place.

Adopting the following methodology of thinking and behaviours will help you to heighten your chances of acquiring control in your job search, and yes, possibly if applied precisely aid you in acquiring the invigoration you require in the role itself.

STEP 1 – Always assess your current situation:

There is no point in going through the labours of a job search, if your discontent is one that can be solved in your current role. Not that I encourage anyone to ‘stay put just because’ – but a job search is time intensive and in today’s global market, a completely different ‘game to be played’ than it was 10 years ago. So be sure you want to take the plunge...

Is it culture? Company or individual/s

Is it the role? Enforced or just as it is?

Consider which is best – Resolution versus starting afresh with a new firm with new people. Does the grass appear greener?

STEP 2 – Appraise and assess options before you commit:

Career success and enjoyment, particularly in a job search begins here with conviction around what you want to do next and why. Focus is tantamount to success.

Liken it if you will to a company strategy. How does a ‘woolly’ leadership message compare to one underpinned by, and delivered with, conviction and strategic clarity?

Simply, you need to do the same, otherwise you run the very ‘high risk’ of drifting and being led by others, and therefore what you get to see, rather than acquiring opportunity for ‘what you want’.

STEP 3 – Don’t compromise on ‘what you at your best looks like’:

Don’t complain for acquiring only 80% of your salaried worth when the role you embark upon only takes up 80% of your time and skill capability. Misalignment carries a cost!

Also, which job is the easiest for you to get?

One reflecting you at your best? What version of you would a prospective employer be most keen on hiring?

You at your best of course!

So prior to signing up for courses, and/or qualifications to enhance your appeal in the job market, just stop and think for one minute as to whether  that particular course will actually ‘enhance you at your best’. Do they help you stand out in a ‘candidate rich’ market place?  In simple terms -Will the course/qualification differentiate you, highlighting and supporting the image of you at your best?

STEP 4 – Talk to the right people:

It always amazes me how many professionals seem to outsource their career decisions to peers, former colleagues, ex bosses and/or family members. Plus, let’s not forget recruiters, job boards and  CV writers.

Remember who do you go to for advice about anything else in life – your car, a sporting issue, your health, your home? The experts in the relevant field I would hope. Consider whom you are spending your time talking to, and indeed in many cases relying on – consider the priority and capability of those voices and judge respectively. Everything in perspective!

STEP 5 – Look in the right places:

There is a definite ‘false economy’ to leaving something so important to chance. With 20,000+ recruitment firms, 4,000+ head hunting firms, 22 working sectors and 180 supporting sub sectors of choice and diversity for working opportunities ensure that you do partner with the best, most productive providers as part of your strategy to see ‘you at your best’ opportunities.

Have the correct approach with your network – Asking subliminally for help is not tempered well these days. Everyone is becoming more risk averse in ‘who’ and ‘how’ they assist. Think about how you handle and manage your networks.  Are you constantly building and aligning your new contacts to ‘you at your best’ or just wildly ‘clicking’ to connect?


Remember, getting a job is a job in itself. A productive, time efficient job search is not about luck but behaviours and actions.

Think about what you want, where it is and why you want it? Analyse, plan and take control.... There are opportunities abound out there. It’s just that the ‘game of getting a job’ has changed considerably.... Know your game plan and play to win.... This is not about luck, but behaviours and actions led by and controlled by you.

Author: Jo Rawcliffe

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