Trending Now: Tips to Give Your Job Search Structure!
Organization is a key component for any job search. Without a strategy, it is challenging to begin a job search. However, with some self-evaluation, you can get started. To begin, ask yourself these two basic questions and the rest of the process will become much easier: (1) what opportunities am I going to be looking for and (2) how am I going to find them? In answering those questions, consider the following:
Job seekers generally seeking one of three types of positions:
A. Career Advancement:
This path is for job seekers with a defined career path within a particular specialization seeking continued growth. For these professionals, the hardest part about securing a job is standing out among competition.
B. Career Transition:
These job seekers want to switch up their lives and undergo career changes. Changes such as the type of job, the type of industry, or both. For these individuals, their difficult tasks are figuring what skills they have to transfer, promoting these talents as worthy, showing that they can adapt, being worthy of the investment in comparison to the competition.
C. Skills Leadership:
There are people who have a variety of skills because they have had opportunities that do not necessarily fit into one category. People with such experience are likely to have a resume that is an overview of their skills, as well as alternate forms of the resume that showcase each of their primary skill sets. The main challenge for them is to relate all these talents together and promote them in order to fit a job description.
Regardless of which job seeker you are, you should identify your obstacles and discover methods for combating these issues. Here are some strategies to address those challenges:
1. Job Title Focus/Career Advancement:
This method is for job seekers seeking career advancement. The basic rule is that you should center the search on a certain title or focus. You should focus on what title or job description is tailored towards your needs. Further, you should highlight your experience and match that experience to the work environment, industry, or organization that you are seeking.
2. Career Transition:
If you want to switch specialties, your job search will focus on a certain type of company or industry. To fulfill your hopes of landing a position in a new industry, you will need to network.
3. Skills Leadership:
As for the workers with varying experiences, intend to make your search set on specific skill sets. This mixture of expertise would make you a great candidate for many job positions, but you do not want employers to think that you do not have any mastery. Your top priority is going to be making sure that your next job post enables you to leverage a particular group of skills.
Ultimately, for a job search to be a success, be honest with yourself and have clarity about your strengths, weaknesses, and key interests. To highlight your uniqueness, narrow your list of talents to a precise focus; And, your resume should reflect these specific skills. Then, ask: “What draws me to this type of position… is it the title, the expertise that it utilizes, or its general lifestyle effect?” Also, you should consider, what is or what will be your greatest professional challenge? How did you get through it previously and how will you get through it in the future? Lastly, understand how you will promote yourself so you can meet/anticipate future job requirements. Reflect on your answers and build clarity. A clear mindset will make you feel more powerful and be able to highlight your uniqueness successfully (Leavy-Detrick).
Thus, if do your research and engage in self-evaluation, you will find an opportunity where you can thrive.
Leavy-Detrick, Dana. “Three Different Ways to Start a Job Search.” Ivy Exec Blog. Ivy Exec, 02 Sept. 2015. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.
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