So you’ve decided its time for a move…
Before you even write your CV and commence your Job Search you should really have a plan in place.
A few very basic things to consider.
- What’s the ideal job that you have enough experience for and the right qualifications to take on right now?
- Which companies would you like to work for?
- Where are they based?
- Do they have a career portal?
- Who are their competitors?
- Which are the best online jobs boards to use in order to find the type of job you are looking for?
- Who are the main recruiters which specialize in your area of experience in the region where you are looking to work?
- Can you leverage the networks of any of your existing contacts, ex-colleagues, friends, social media or industry groups to help open doors and make connections with key decision makers at the companies you wish to work for?
- Are your salary expectations realistic?
- Apply to jobs which you are definitely qualified & have relevant experience for
- Be aware that the jobs market is constantly changing, especially in recent years. It could be that the package you earn today is already above the current market average
- No one wants to go backwards but bear in mind the days of a 20-30% pay increase to move jobs are long gone
- Think of your job search as a sales pipeline… you are the product!
- Make a plan, set yourself targets and aim for quality of applications, not quantity
- Track your activity (A good old Excel sheet will do just fine)
- Once you have a plan in place and an idea of what you are aiming for you can tailor your resume to suit (Next Phase)
You can spend your time applying for thousands of jobs which aren’t quite right or spend the same amount of time applying for a smaller number of jobs where you absolutely have the right experience and therefore more chance of a positive response.
Its not a perfect science but get as close to the latter as possible and your potential for success has already increased!
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