2020 has been a huge year for change and pivoting, priorities have shifted and many of us are asking ourselves these questions.
- Do you want to live where you live?
- Do you want to work where you work?
If you’ve been made redundant, on furlough, want to work more flexibly or get promoted or paid more, perhaps it’s time to search for a new job.
If you want to get hired, there’s a 4-stage process that helps you land the role.
- DISCOVER who and where you are
- EXPLORE the employment landscape
- COMMUNICATE your story
- CONNECT with your network, potential employers, recruiters and headhunters.
DISCOVER who you are and where you are
You need to dig deep and gather some insights. When you understand what makes you tick, your superpowers, your knowledge and expertise, your transferable skills and your values it helps you articulate what you bring to the party and how you gain competitive edge. You examine where you have liked working historically and where you haven’t. Write down your 10 greatest achievements in and out of work, notice any similarities? Ask others where they have seen you at your best and what they think your strengths are.
EXPLORE where you are headed
Once you understand YOU, it is easier to decide where you are headed. You need to explore the employment landscape and have an understanding of where you would like to work and where you can make a difference and would be sought after. Once you know where you are going it is much easier to get there.
COMMUNICATE brand you
Create your compelling LinkedIn profile and an extraordinary CV to get you an interview using BRAND YOU. You need to think about your target audience and tailor each application to the specific role. Get visible and get found.
CONNECT with your network
With your network, head-hunters, recruiters and employers for initial meetings or interviews. Interview practice can perfect your performance and help you land the role. There will be a timeline and tools and tips to help you manage mindset and resilience during this challenging journey. We can hold your hand all or part of the way.
If you are between roles at the moment, it might be a good time to upskill or reskill alongside your job search. There are many FREE online courses currently and you can gain certification. Check out LinkedIn Learning or Google Digital Garage and here is a list of many free courses through Reed.
Think about industries where there will be jobs in the future such as cyber security, healthcare, tech, construction and property. On our doorstep we have Gloucestershire College, providing a number of amazing apprenticeships and free online learning too, visit them here
You can also think about companies further afield because with remote working being a reality in 2020 the world of work is your oyster.
Sarah started her career in fmcg marketing working as a brand manager on Clover and as an interim manager on Clover (twice) and Quorn. She founded a start-up interim management company in Gloucestershire and that business changed the percentage of women and diverse talent in senior marketing and HR roles. Sarah specialises in attracting, onboarding, developing, engaging and retaining diverse talent into forward thinking businesses to improve productivity, performance and profit. Flexible working and wellbeing play a large part. Since covid-19 wreaked havoc on the job landscape, Sarah has a created an innovative programme to get senior experienced professionals back into work or fine-tune their current role so that it makes happy.