Get Clarity About What You Really Want Before You Start Your Job Search

You have decided that the time has come to take the next step in your career.  So far so good.

If you are like most chances are you will start applying for roles.  You might even get a few interviews.  So far offers after interview have not been forthcoming.

So what’s wrong with what you are doing?  You might think very little.

But let me ask you a question.  How much clarity do you have about what you really want from your next job?

Perhaps you have a lot. Maybe you have some clarity or perhaps very little.

Clarity helps you make decisions, apply for right roles and ultimately increase your chances of getting the right next job.

So how do you get clarity?

Take time to reflect

Think about your career to date.  What experience have you gained?  What skills have you developed?  What have you achieved?

Determine what else you want to add to what you already have

It might be additional experience or skills.  It could be the opportunity to manage or lead.  It could be to broaden your business or commercial awareness.

With this awareness you can start to build a profile of your ideal next role.

Get someone else to interview you

It can be hard to work through the process effectively on your own.  Finding someone good at interviewing and asking searching questions can get you talking and help you to get a level of clarity that you might struggle to get on your own.

While it takes time and effort to get clarity, it will significantly increase the effectiveness of your job search and to find the right role for you.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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