It is your job search and you are not entirely powerless in taking some control of how you go with it. The way that you approach your search can impact on you successfully gaining a position.
That doesn’t mean that the employer has less significance to your job search. They may hold the major share of the upper hand because your quest is to impress the employer to the extent that they choose you.
You have the ability to leverage a number of competitive advantages to position yourself in the best position to be placed for an interview. Professionalism, rich and dynamic achievement statements, quality research on the future company of choice, in depth preparation for your interview and resume content, and a creative and thorough approach to networking.
You choose your success and what that looks like for you. You can upskill, reskill, know your skills base and how that translates to other industries.
You can increase you chances of success by practicing interview skills and your overall presentation skills. You can increase your chances by engaging in more widespread job seeking skills. You will increase your chances of success with a confident approach, and that will come from putting in the work in all of the above ways.
And one final success technique: get support.
You don’t have to do your job search on your own.
With an experienced career coach you won’t miss a step in the journey to your new job.
You’re a smart, professional executive who’s looking for your next job. You’ve got proven experience that you know will place you in a winning position. And that means getting your résumé placed in the ‘interview’ pile on the recruiter’s desk.
But each job application that you’ve submitted lately doesn’t seem to scream out “Look at me, I’m the Winner”! and you’re not getting call-backs or interviews. You know that if you keep submitting the same résumé written in the same way, nothing’s going to change. It’s time to change your approach and create the best résumé that you can write.
You’ve seen the job that ‘speaks’ to you and matches your skills set, your experience and stretches your professional development. It’s the ideal job that ticks the box for where you’d love to work in the future. You’ve been looking for a great job for a while, and this job seems within your reach.
The first step to take is to review your résumé.
Having a standout résumé is exactly what you need to present you in a way that will create impact in the seven seconds that the recruitment panel will generally spend reading through the first page of your résumé.
A review of your résumé is exactly what we do together in a FREE 30 minute “Review Your Résumé” call that I’m offering.
During this 30-minute session we’ll review three key areas in your current résumé:
- Overall impression to a new reader
- Feedback on your Career Summary section
- A maximum of 3 suggestions to increase the impact of your résumé.
Book your Free call here so that you can increase your chances of being in the interview pile with your résumé: https://calendly.com/lindenfuller/review-your-resume-30-minute-free-call
Is Career-Seeking draining your energy?
During these changed times for job stability and job seeking it can be challenging to maintain your energy and an optimistic frame of mind with so much doubt and uncertainty around a post-covid workplace world.
One thing humans are hard-wired for is certainty, and without certainty there can be a tendency for the fight or flight response to trigger. Emotional reactions kick in.
Most humans have reacted to the ‘Now’ covid world with emotional as well as reasonable thinking, but what about the Future world of work? We can’t know exactly what that looks like right now, but what we can know is that government subsidies of various industries and businesses cannot be sustained for long time periods, and when that support ends there are many unanswered questions about what our Career-Seeking world will look like.
“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” Abraham Maslow
Becoming job ready now in preparation for a future of uncertainty can require work on self-awareness, self-trust and resilience, as well as having as much certainty as you can with a sharp, relevant and up-to date resume ready to go.
Embrace change with a Transformation & Career Coach.
Focus on what’s most important to you and discover a process of developing both the inner confidence to know what you want and the courage to pursue it.
I have recently posted a lot about change in social media, being ready for change, and seeking changes at work. The following information can assist your awareness and understanding of the Stages of Behaviour Change and provide the foundations for your successful navigation to successful realisation of your goals.
How to get started changing your habits or behaviour
Whether you want to lose weight, change jobs, or run a marathon, you may need to try several different ways to reach that goal. The key to maintaining focus on the change that you want is to find ways to motivate yourself and have small wins.
Understanding the stages of change and the steps that you will most likely go through will help you to work through each stage and reach your goals.
By taking the idea of change into smaller steps or elements it is easier to recognise the ways to work through each stage to help you achieve and motivate yourself for the total change to occur.
The three most important components of changing a behaviour involve being ready to change, recognising any barriers you might find to that change, and having strategies in place if a relapse to the former habit crops up.
The Stages of Change
One of the well-known change models is the Stages of Change or Transtheoretical Model, introduced in the late 1970s by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente who based their study on ways too help people to give up smoking.
Stage 1: Pre-contemplation
Not aware of a problem and no willingness to change. Regular self-analysis to assess your behaviour is recommended to avoid any negative or problem behaviour.
Stage 2: Contemplation
You might become aware of benefits of making a change, but some factors create a sense of conflicted emotions about changing. Strategies include evaluating your readiness and ability to change; and identifying barriers to change. This stage in the model can last for substantial periods of time.
Stage 3: Preparation
Beginning with small changes in preparation for a larger change, or steps being taken with the intention to make real changes shortly. Strategies can include writing out your goals, preparing action plans and positive affirmations or other motivating elements such as visualisation boards.
Stage 4: Action
Start some direct action to make real change in your life. Enjoy new ways of doing or thinking about your goals and celebrate any positive steps you have taken. Support from friends or your coach is very important in helping maintain your positive steps forward. Take time to refresh your progress and written goals to maintain momentum and motivation.
Stage 5: Maintenance
This stage involves successful behaviour change and importantly successful mindset to a new way of thinking. New strategies for coping with temptations and rewards for new milestones met are important to cement the change. Your chances of lapsing into old unwanted behaviours is now much diminished.
Stage 6: Relapse
If you do relapse, remind yourself that you have made fantastic progress so far, and this disappointment is a minor setback. Call on the commitment to your goals that led to your changed behaviour, identify the triggers to that led to this upset, and recognise any barriers. Remain positive and motivated to continue success in your new state and reaffirm your goals and self-confidence.
If you find a need for a structured support program to reach the action and maintenance stages, then engaging a coach or other professional program would be advisable.