10 Ways to Be Smart When Job Searching
Job searching can be easier said than done. These days there is so much that we need to think about. When we understand what it is that needs to be done rather than just jump into the normal recruitment processes, finding a new job becomes far less of a battle.
1. Don’t Panic
We need the benefit of you in this process and kneejerk panic reactions are not good. They usually lead you to bad choices and frustration, if not unhappiness later. Be patient and play the longer game. This may mean that you have to stay where you are for longer. When you make the decision to go and know that you’re biding your time, you can be less pressured and freer psychologically, knowing that you are managing your exit and your job search well.
2. Understand the Employment Market
The simple rule of “I will find a full time job on a permanent contract doing x or y” is probably no longer quite so simple. The labour market has changed as globalisation has allowed the distribution of labour to be undertaken all over the world. The impact of offshoring and outsourcing and other processes like that has meant that employers have different choices around how they find domestic labour and indeed how they use it. These are examples of what you need to understand before you go out job searching.
3. Don’t Depend On Recruiters
Although it may be tempting to use recruitment agencies or head-hunters, you can’t rely on them to magic up a job for you. Your CV is just one of hundreds to them. Given that they have so many candidates to choose from, you cannot depend on this as your only route to finding a new career.
4. Take a Step Back
Recognise what it is you have to do to be smart in your job searching. Taking your time and understanding what you’re stepping into are two elements of the job hunt that maybe even five or ten years ago you will not have needed to pay as much attention to as you do in today’s climate.
5. Get Specific
You need to be specific about what you’re searching for. There will be a correlation between how specific you are about what you want and how successful you are in finding it.
6. Identify Targets
When you are specific you can bargain so much smarter. You can target the sector, segment, specific companies and specific people you want.
7. Scrutinise Your Network
Understand who in your network will be helpful. Understand who you’ll need help from. This will help you in your job search downstream.
8. Get Investigating
Go and find out more through people that you know and through information sources that you have access to so that you build a much better picture of the target that you are searching your way into.
9. Do Your Profiling Work
Make sure your personal brand and your various profiling documents, such as your CV, are up to date and up to scratch and then push them out into the market.
10. Make Sure You’re Prepared
Only move at each stage when you’re really ready to go. Don’t undercook yourself. Sometimes you only have one opportunity for a conversation, one opportunity to influence somebody important and you don’t want to be anything but really ready for that.
By Simon North, Founder of Position Ignition (www.positionignition.com) and the Career Ignition Club (www.careerignitionclub.com), the UK’s leading career change and career development company and platform. He is also the author of 125 LinkedIn Job Search Tips (http://www.positionignition.com/100-linkedin-job-search-tips). Follow him @PosIgnition for more help with your career challenges.