We recently published a mini guide to helping individuals maximise their job search opportunities in what has become challenging times for many. COVID19 has accelerated changes in the market and caused a reset for a number of businesses.
Our observations of the years has been that often due to the lack of career hoping amongst senior business managers, they are not ready to enter the market and spend the first few months navigating through a minefield of inconsistencies and rabbit holes. We find ourselves sharing the same messages each time, a summary of this I have provided below.
The starting point and most important part of your job search is getting your CV in order and ensuring it shines. Poorly presented CV’s will not cut the mustard, so dedicate time in getting this right. Think about your value add and ensure this comes across clearly in your CV, ultimately what makes you stand out from your peers. Answer why you, and you are halfway there.
Interim or Permanent
To maximise your opportunities, as well as looking for that permanent position, consider working on an interim basis if you are available immediately.
Social Media / LinkedIn profile
Once you are happy with your CV, ensure your LinkedIn profile mirrors it or any other social media profile that is an extension of your professional persona. The world is a looking glass and those searching for talent will utilise and cross reference multiple sources.
We cannot stress enough how important networking is. Make a list of previous colleagues, business advisers, executive search consultants etc. This is your day job.
List of top 10 to 20 target companies
Make a list of your top 10 to 20 target companies, competitors of your current or previous employers. Work this list alongside your networking.
Just because you are not working, does not mean you can take your foot of the gas. Knowledge is king and can often lead to tangible conversations around where you can add value.
Job Boards/Search firms
Make sure you register on the likes of Executive Appointments and relevant executive search firms. This will give you visibility on the market and with regular fostered contact will lead to you seeing the right opportunities as part of your pipeline mix.
Most of these steps are straight forward and basic, but you will be amazed the number of people sitting around and waiting for the phone to ring. Good luck.