How well prepared are
you for your job search?
Rushing in and applying for roles without thinking about
what it is they really want will only lead to disappointment, says
Hays CEO, Alistair Cox, in his latest LinkedIn Influencer
Applying for jobs can be time consuming, meaning
jobseekers should be more targeted with their search and fully
understand what they are looking for, while also taking the time to
really understand whether a move is right for them.
Alistair says, "More often than not, the unsuccessful
candidates are those who have dived head-first into the job search
process, without thinking about what they really want and what
exactly they need to do to get there. As a result, they end up
applying for roles that aren't necessarily right for them at this
particular stage in their career."
Before rushing in to a job search, Alistair believes
candidates must first consider these following steps.
1.Map out a clear career path
Securing the right role for you, rather than 'a role,
right now', requires you to take a step back and answer some honest
questions about what you want out of your career in the
First, think about your internal, personal
traits are your general strengths and weaknesses, what
specific skills do you have and what kind of work has provided you
with the most fulfilment so far in your professional life and why?
What sort of environment do you thrive in? What sort of environment
turns you off? Meanwhile, you must still ask questions around
external factors too; is their industry facing a period of change
and what could impact opportunities available to them, both now and
in the future? How do your own skills compare with the wider jobs
market, are you more capable than the average competition and can
you transfer skills from your current position into your desired
Aside from determining the kind of job you actually want
to be doing, answering these questions will guide you in finding a
job that is suited to you. And you may recognise an attribute that
sets you apart from other candidates which you can focus on
highlighting to employers, or you could spot an emerging area of
employment in your sector that has so far gone largely
unnoticed.Taking the time to find the answers will provide you with
a roadmap to success.
2.Use their current position to enrich their CV
Ask yourselves whether there is anything within you
current role that could enrich your job further, as well as your
CV, before looking elsewhere. Staying at a place of employment
longer to develop your skills further and to ensure you have
learned everything you can from the role will makeyou more
employable and will help you search for your dream career in the
Refining your expertise and skills is another fantastic
way to flex your muscles in your current role, while also boosting
your potential future value in the jobs market. It will also do
wonders for your self-confidence, which is no bad thing when
embarking on a job search."
3.Think about what they want to be known for
Instead of jumping headfirst into your job search, think
about what you are currently known for, how you see yourself, what
you want to be known for, and what needs to change for you to
become the best of brand of you. Try to think about the positive
traits you want people to see in you - envisage it and become it.A
jobseeker's personal brand shapes their professional identity and
ultimately how others view them, which could be pivotal to their
Taking these steps will assist a jobseeker in finding
their ideal job by discovering their most valuable skills and
developing them further, as well as helping them to determine the
best career path for them and the right time to move.
Alistair closes by saying, "Switching employers is a
significant change and long-term success should never be sacrificed
for short-term satisfaction. Speaking as an employer myself, the
candidates that really stand out are those with clear drive and
focus, those who have a plan, not just in their day-to-day but also
in their long-term career ambitions. By taking a measured approach
and considering where you want to be and how best to get there, you
should find yourself pulled towards an exciting new role that is
right for you in 2017 and beyond."