Happy New Year to all our readers, here is the first article of the year from Paul Mullan from Measurability.ie . He has penned a great article this week all about Career Coaching. In his first article on the topic, he explains why you start to “Think Inside the Box” in order to find that new job in the New Year. Paul will give you lots to think about and hopefully you will find your suitable 2008 career change !
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For many individuals job dissatisfaction will mean a rush to the nearest company emergency exit. January signals the New Year and traditionally quite a bit of unrest and dissatisfaction with employees and many of these employees become job seekers. This time of year can be crazy in the job market and I always stress caution as I regularly meet employees in March/April time saying “I should never have left my old job” or “I have jumped from the frying pan into the fire”. Job seekers should be careful that they do not get caught up in all the job mayhem and ensure that they had some thought and preparation before taking action. Unlike the January retail sales there is no returns section in the Job Market.
Analyse this – Seeking the right job
Too many job seekers enter the job market without any real clarity or direction and this can spell disaster. If you don’t know what is missing in your career, what is wrong with your current job or what you want in your career how can you possibly find a solution and fix this? Sounds simple but we ignore the simple things. Before you even think about looking at a job board online or talking to a recruitment agency take some time to analyse your current situation. This is the foundations for any successful venture into the job market or this thought process may help you realise that things are not as bad as you thought and it is actually the fact that you over-spent and over ate at Christmas that is causing dissatisfaction.
Think inside the box & get the right job
Identifying what the problem is or your career goal is essential. When you have completed this, ask yourself if you have to leave your current company for resolution. The answer may still be yes but the point is to think inside the box before you think outside. For example – If you have a problem with commuting – can your existing company offer a solution? If you have a problem with your boss – have you tried to resolve it or are you just running away at the first sign of a problem. If you want a complete career change (lets say finance to sales) – can you make this move within your existing company. A complete career change can be difficult but your existing company may facilitate this as they know your track record. Most jobseekers don’t consider these possibilities and leave before investigation. I think change is good and it keeps us fresh BUT it is not always necessary.
Think outside the box & find the job
More often than not leaving is the only option but at least you have explored all angles before making this decision. When changing roles the key principles must be addressed – Clarity in what it is you want, strategies to achieve this, an effective CV to ensure you maximise potential interviews and finally interview preparation to ensure maximum performance. Remember 2008 is a more competitive job market so job seekers need to be better equipped to survive and secure that dream job. Poor preparation will equate to poor results. Think about how much time an effort you put into planning a great Christmas. If you can put half this effort into planning your career it will be a good start. Happy job hunting in 2008 !
Article by Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Measurability offers Career Coaching to individuals (Career Direction, CV Design & Interview Coaching) and Assessment Solutions for businesses to improve their recruitment decisions.