In these more demanding times clients that I work with are increasingly tell me that they are telling me that there are more and more candidates chasing each vacancy. While you cannot influence how many people apply for a position you certainly can do some things to increase the chances of being more successful in terms of job search.
Be Crystal Clear About What You Can Offer
One thing I regularly notice is that people often understate the range of skills, experience, knowledge and expertise they can offer. Take the time to list all of your skills, experience, experience and personal qualities gained over your entire career.
Be Clear About The Types Of Roles That You Are A Good Fit For
You might remember the Monty Python sketch about the accountant who wanted to be a lion tamer. The fact of the matter is that you may well be able to turn your hand to anything. At the same time when employers have a lot of choice they are more likely to be attracted to those candidates who are a good fit for the role they are trying to fill.
Only Spend Time On Roles You Have A Realistic Chance Of Success
Let’s say you are an accountant with great experience in the gas and oil industry. While it is not impossible to move into financial services, it is going to be a long shot. Don’t waste time chasing outside bets. Focus your time on pursuing opportunities that you have a greater chance of success.
Use All Available Channels
Historically recruiters, newspapers and professional journals were all that existed. These days we have social media, persona referrals and head hunters playing a bigger role. Make sure you are utilising every available channel.
The Bottom Line: Job search does not always result in success. At the same time you want to do things that stack the odds in your favour.
Duncan Brodie helps professional people to achieve more career success. Learn more and sign up for his free audio masterclass.
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.