Searching for a job at the best of times is a challenge.
In these uncertain times that we find ourselves in it’s become tougher in my view.
When I’m speaking to accountants and professionals looking to land their next job, there’s something I frequently notice.
Many start in the completely wrong place.
Often they think it’s all about their CV and LinkedIn profile.
Now don’t get me wrong. These are important.
However, in my experience, it’s really important to spend time getting clarity before you start your job search.
So you how do you get that clarity? It’s actually a whole lot easier than you think. Especially if you are willing to put in some time and effort.
Asking yourself some questions and writing down answers is a simple but highly effective process.
Now you might be wondering what questions. Here’s my thoughts.
What do you want from your career?
Think short, medium and long term.
Why is this important?
It informs the decisions you take.
What do you want from your next role?
People move on from jobs for a host of reasons.
Fewer think consciously about what they want from that next role.
The reasons will be different for you and everyone else.
It might be simply about money. It could be that it’s about getting new experience, new challenges or growth.
It might be about having the right type of boss or being part of a specific type of team.
What would an ideal month be in a job for you?
Some get a real kick out of change and improvement.
Others want to be in the thick of the business.
Another group of people love to be keeping the engines running in the background.
If you had to map out how you were spending your time, what would that look like for you.The reality is that there are opportunities out there for you. Getting clarity about your wants and aspirations can help you make your job search so much more effective.
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