The first half of 2011 is nearly over. So maybe it’s time to rethink some strategies. Here are five ideas that could give your job search a new boost.
Identify what it is that motivates you.
If what you enjoy most is, say, influencing other people, then seek more opportunities to do this well. If you enjoy tracking down information, persuading people or organising events, then push for work that exploits those strengths.
Don’t set yourself low goals.
“We tend to overestimate what we’ll get done in a day and vastly underestimate what we can get done in a year,” says Maria Davies, head of a career coaching consultancy. Aim high – you’ll push harder and realise you’re capable of more than you thought.
Don’t move for money alone.
Don’t accept a new position just for a higher salary. You should consider the quality of the people, the professionalism of the management and the nature of the role and the company. If possible, either wait or create the right opportunity.
Revisit your CV.
Check that your CV is up to date – has anything changed since your last application? Have you learned any new skills? Have you had any new jobs? Have you moved house? Make sure all these changes are included.
Get out and get noticed.
There is no point sitting and wishing for a new job or career because it’s not going to land in your lap. You have to get out there and make applications or find out what sort of events you could attend to network with people you need to influence. Research has shown that one of the most effective ways of finding out about jobs is by getting leads from people you know.