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You are back in the job market and unsure where to turn. You have years of experience and a degree in your chosen field, but, you just can’t muster up the energy to go back in that particular trench again. You are fed up, you are done, you are ready to start anew. Now what?
Don Phin, Founder of HR That Works, stated in a recent webinar that 40% of employees are unhappy with their jobs. Now you have the opportunity to start fresh, and embrace a career you love and that brings fulfillment. Where will you go, what will you do?
Bill Temple, Career Coach, and author of “The Art and Science of Landing Your Next Job (available at amazon.com) has easy steps to help unemployed folks get back in the game in a strategic manner. Lets explore Bill’s 4 steps to get you started down the strategic path to job hunting:
1. POSITIVE MIND SET
If you go into a process thinking you will fail, you probably will. It’s time to get your head in the game and commit to a new path, a new way of thinking.
2. KNOW YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO
In addition to Bills advice, I urge you to be honest with yourself. What is it you want to do? What is it you are skilled to do? Are you unsure? Consider taking an assessment test to discover and “hone in” on your specific skill set and associated careers. Here are a few assessment center websites recommended by Caitlin Sampson*, Career Transition Specialist, with Regal Resumes:
Take time to evaluate what is it you really NEED out of a job – be truthful – then write it down based on the following criteria:
Having explored your own needs will put you in a better position to target those employers that meet your criteria. Make sure you update your resume to highlight skills that compliment your new career choice, furthermore, you need to personalize your resume to each individual job and/or employer.
ONE RESUME SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL.
3. KNOW HOW OTHERS FIT IN THE PROCESS
This is where your network comes in. Do you know anyone at your target employers; anyone in the target industry? You need to market yourself to your network touting your qualifications, why it makes sense for your connection and the mutual benefit. Use the vast reaches of social media to leverage your connective power, but don’t underestimate the power of real human connection and conversation.
4. FOLLOW THROUGH
You need to stay in touch and keep people posted on your activities. Bill provides an additional tip here; “make yourself accountable to other for your efforts. It will keep you on track far better than just relying on yourself.”
You now have directions and plan. The sooner you start working on your plan, the faster you will be on your way to a new, rewarding and enriching career.
“If you, too, find work that gives you meaning and purpose, you will find well-being.” ~Marie Claire
If you need assistance in tailoring your new resume with your new scope, Regal Resumes can help. You can find us at http://www.regalresumes.com
Guest Writing for Regal Resumes:
Jolaine Jackson, SPHR, IPMA-CP, Owner of “On The Spot Resources, LLC”