WHAT’S YOUR PLAN TO FIND YOUR NEXT CAREER POSITION?
Submitted by Mike Doody -- CCC Volunteer and Board Member. Retired executive search consultant
In my 25 years as an executive search consultant -- a headhunter -- I estimate that I interviewed 5000 candidates and spoke with (including interviewed) 10,000 people during their job search. In these conversations, it was common for one of us to suggest that "looking for a new job is a full-time job." As I think about that -- it is exactly how I felt when I was out of work and looking for that next career move. And that led me to the headhunter role which I enjoyed for 25 years.
But how many of us truly spend full-time (40 or more hours a week), in our job search? And how many of us in our job search have a plan or a job search strategy to land that next position?
As with any project we might undertake such as improving our golf game; losing those 20 pounds we gained; reducing the production cost on that product; increasing the percentage of sales to repeat clients, we need a PLAN. The PLAN has to:
- have an end or a GOAL
- identify what steps need to be taken to reach the GOAL
- have a time line that outlines when each of those steps will be taken
- have your focus and attention to implement the PLAN.
That in essence is what your search strategy has to include. That plan or strategy must identify:
- what role or kind of role you are looking for
- what industry and/or companies are your targets
- your resume (Is your resume up-to-date? / Is it written for the role or kind of role you are looking for? / Will your resume get you the interview?)
- your network (How will you expand your network, as well as how and when you will contact those in your network? / What the message/information is that you want to share with those in your network? / The process including a schedule and time line to reach out and meet with those in your network that you want to speak with individually / How you will expand or grow your network / What Job Clubs and/or networking groups should you become part of and attend their meetings?
- what seminars/workshops will be helpful to attend, in order to enhance your job search skills?
- have you identified and contacted references?
- are you prepared for that important interview - if not, how and when will you get prepared?
- How do you organize all of the activities included in the above tasks into a work schedule - into a plan that Identifies what you will do each day of each week for the foreseeable future in order to use you time most productively to reach your GOAL?
A job search is a complex undertaking and not one that most of us undertake with any frequency. Yes, it can be a full-time job and it is less frightening and more doable when you have a PLAN -- a job search strategy. Remember plan the work and work the plan. It will get you positive results! I know, I've been there! Good luck.