You might be wondering what’s an entrepreneur who’s been in business for herself for the past 13 years doing talking about job search? Well I’ll be foolish to think that everyone out there has a love and passion for entrepreneurship and starting their own thing. Not everyone is risk adverse far from it. Even though entrepreneurship and startup has become a trend and the in thing to talk about and do. There is certainly nothing wrong at all with you wanting a quite life by sticking to your well paid 9-5 job that you enjoy and love.
“No seriously I mean that with all my heart”. ” If it an’t broke, don’t fix it”.
My only concern would be that if by any chance you find yourself in a job that your unhappy with and well, it makes you feel like your getting up every morning just to go to work to watch paint dry, then I guess this article is for you.
At my time at the job market, I think I did a pretty good job landing the positions that I did. Also working as a business studies teacher for students finishing of the G.C.S.E’s I was involved in helping them put together their portfolio’s ready for college interviews and placements, coupled with my 10 years experience in job changing, hiring, training, sales and marketing, hopefully I can offer some words of advice and comfort to those of you out there right now embracing the job market for the first time.
There is an expression…”the harder you work, the luckier you get”. In the case of a job search, this is definitely true.
How Many People Do You Know Hate Their Job?
How many people do you know that hate their job, but have been doing it for YEARS? Do you know why? Because finding a better job is hard work. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but somebody has to. Finding the job you want “ain’t gonna be easy”.
People would actually rather stay where they are and be miserable, than take the time to find something better. Too many people give up because “life” gets in the way and inertia slows. I understand that life happens and that many of the reasons that people give for not changing jobs are valid, but I also know that just by changing a few things in your life, you can carve out the time needed to make your life better.
If you stop to think about it, there’s actually nothing really stopping you going for another job that would make you more happy.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~Unknown~
I’ve personally used these 6 simple steps that I’m going to share with you today to help me along my own job search journey in the past.
1 – First and foremost, get your personal life in order as best you can.
Before you start looking for a new job, be sure that your personal life is “in order” and be prepared to accept what it takes to find a new job. You are going to need a lot of quality time and support at home in order to find the job you want.
Place your job campaign ahead of all other personal priorities. Make a commitment! This doesn’t mean ignore your family by any means, but it does mean that some things will need to be sacrificed. For example, if you have a choice between working on your resume and going to your son’s concert, go to the concert. But if you have a choice of watching Monday Night Football, or Eastenders or working on your cover letter, well…you get the picture!
2 – Set a target amount of time you will spend on your job search each week and stick to it.
As with so many other things in life, you get out of it as much as you put into it. I’ve seen books entitled, 20 Minutes to a Better Resume, and so on. I’m sorry, but if you really want a great cover letter and resume, you have to spend a lot more than 20 minutes to make it right. Even 30 minutes to one hour a day is better than nothing. I’m not saying that every little information you can muster up would not go amiss, but what I’am saying that you’ve got to put every creative juice into it if you want to land that great paying job.
3 – Begin gathering facts, figures and accomplishments about your career to date.
Start with such things as dates of employment, job titles and responsibilities, salary progression, major achievements, special skills that make you unique, educational background, including any courses you’ve taken since college or high school. Be sure to include any training your company has provided or courses they have paid for. Get it all down on paper because you’ll need it to write your resume, cover letter and need it on interviews.
4 – Create your own personal portfolio.
When advertising agencies are looking for new clients, they always show you their “portfolio”. This usually includes copies of their finest work, achievements and the great results their campaigns have achieved. You also have a product to “sell” …it’s you! Consider that you are your own company. It’s called…ME INC. As president of ME INC. you need to create a product that your prospects (in this case a potential employer) sees value in and is willing to “buy” (literally and figuratively). A good portfolio will visually demonstrate and support your abilities during an interview. Anything that is not proprietary, confidential or property of previous employers should be kept in your portfolio.
This works particularly well for artists, marketing personnel, architects, designers, etc. Some of the things you might want to include in your portfolio could be catalogs, brochures, letters of success and anything else you have created like ads, PR, reports, patents, products, etc. Successful “before and after” campaigns work particularly well.
5 – Create a list of companies that you think you’d like to work for.
Get the address, phone number and the name of the CEO/President if possible. You can get this information right here n LinkedIn. Wait before you get going remember to be professional about it when looking for their details, don’t over step their privacy. You can also get their details from the ads you cut out from the newspaper or from your local Chamber of Commerce (they usually have a list of member companies that might be helpful). Many local business journals publish annual “LISTS” editions. These usually list the top 10-25 companies in different categories including the largest private and public companies, largest advertising and public relations companies, largest non-profits, etc. Creating this list helps you focus your energies on a smaller group of target companies a “rifle” approach versus a “shotgun” approach.
6 – Get organised and be ready for the months ahead with these final 6 suggestions.
1. Get a personal or private mobile phone if you can so you are not making phone calls from your work office. Make sure to take off all those cute greetings too. Get a home answering machine and again change the message to be more professional.
2. Appearance counts! Make sure that you have the right clothes to go on interviews. This doesn’t necessarily mean formal suits. Your wardrobe should match the industry you are in and the job that you seeking.
3. Try to find a quite place in your home that you can devote to your job hunting efforts to, a home office is ideal if you have one.
4. Change your e-mail address to something appropriate. Your SugarSweetiePie@hotmail.com address my have been cute while you were dating, but it doesn’t make for a good first impression and certainly doesn’t present the professional image you want to project.
5. Start thinking about who you will use for your references. You’ll need to find people you can trust. Start gathering their names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses now. Don’t forget to call and let your references know that someone might be calling them in the near future.
6. An organised desk will be your best friend, especially if you get an unexpected call from a hiring manager. You’ll also need to set up a system of tracking who you send resumes to and what job you were applying for.
Remember, in the end, no one owes you a job. It truly is your responsibility to find the job that you really want. I’s out there waiting for you. Sure, there are recruiters, friends, etc. but the bottom line is that you can’t and shouldn’t depend on a single source or way of finding the job you want.
Thank you so much for taking out the time to read my latest article. I hope it truly helped you in some way.If you loved what you just read your more than welcome to take a look at other articles of mine here on LinkedIn. I would love to get to know you so why don’t you drop by and visit me over at Rachael Academy.
Much Love and To Your Success and happiness XO.
Named Top Global Marketing Expert by Huffington post and She Inspires Her. Rachael Aprill Phillips is the CEO and Founder of Rachael Academy.The online platforms that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners to launch, run and grow highly successful businesses.Your also more than welcome to send me a message