The First 3 Steps
Whether you’re a senior exec, a seasoned mid-level manager or contributor, or brand-new professional,
it’s always good to scope out the territory for your next career step. Most people want to stay in their current
but want a new or better job.
Steps to take to begin your job search – before even touching your computer keyboard:
1. Know thyself:
Do an “inventory” of yourself: Your values, interests, personality, skills.
It’s 2020 now -- WHO ARE YOU
Think about what you’re most interested in, in your work – what drives you, what stimulates you, what makes you forget about time! Write these things down. And the other side as well: what makes you miserable, and what do you want
of. Note those, and commit to staying away from jobs that have a lot of these things in them.
The biggest complaint I hear from recruiters about candidates:
“Candidate A couldn’t tell me what gets her to perform her best, what she wants to do the most, or even what motivates her. She doesn’t know herself very well. Candidates B, C, and D
tell me.” So it’s worth it to take this time
to review who you are, AND word it so that in your resume AND in the interview, it's authentic for you.
Know thyself: It’s old advice but it’s the best place to start.
2. What success stories can you tell that will
you can do the new job?
Think about your last 3-5 years in particular:
Jot down each story using this outline, “P-A-R”: P
esult. The result = your positive impact, particularly if it helped company profits or revenues. Now edit the story down to 1-2 lines, and that will not only become a bullet item on your resume, you’ll tell the story in 30 seconds or less while networking or in interviews.
3. Do your research
Who’s got your desired kind of job NOW, and what can they tell you about it? Would you be in demand?
Talk to people you already know in your network, and use LinkedIn to meet new people in the very kind of job that interests you. This is how you’ll learn what’s going on in your field
A Final Word:
Once you’ve done these three steps and know far more about
in your new search, THEN you can hit the keyboard to do your new resume and your new LinkedIn profile -- you need
In a 1:1 video session, I can tell you what to do to improve your interviewing -- Your location does not matter.
Book time with me