Start Your Job Search At The Right Point

Job search is challenging.  Ultimately job search is a process.  Sadly many start at the wrong point.

Where do you typically start your job search?

In my experience many think that the first thing they have to do is update their CV then start applying.

Now you might be wondering what’s wrong with this approach.

Well let me explain.

It’s a bit like starting building a house without digging the foundations. 

We know that if we did this the result wouldn’t be great.

What’s really important is that you start your job search at the right point.

From working with clients over the last 14 years, what I’ve noticed is that most fail to do that foundation work.

I call it the Discovery phase in the job search process.

In the Discovery phase of the job search there are several areas of focus.

Get Clear About What You Are Looking For In Your Next Role

It’s really easy to stumble from one job to the next without thinking consciously about it.

Take the time to write down what you are looking for from your next role.

Get Clear About The Type of Organisation You Want To Work In

Some like to be a small fish in a big pond.  Others like to be a big fish in a small pond.

Some like to be part of a growing business.  Others like much more stability.

Some like to be working with really ambitious people.  Others like to be working with committed but not necessarily ambitious people.

Take the time to think about the type of organisation you want to work in.

Get Clear About What You Have To Offer

You have a lot to offer. Chances are you never have taken the time to get clarity about what you have to offer.

You have knowledge, experience, skills and attributes.

Create lists of these.  Take assessments.  Ask others for feedback so that you can get clarity about what you have to offer.

Get Clear About Your Track Record

One of the things that few ever do is to create a record of their achievements and contributions.

Creating your list of achievements and contributions and the steps you had to follow to get there.

By doing this you build up great materials that you can use in your marketing and selling.

In my experience and experience of my clients, spending time on the Discovery stage of the process will significantly improve your CV and job interview performance.

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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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