So, as you sit at your desk today, how are you feeling? If you’re looking for a new job, to change career or you’re just not quite sure what lies ahead, there are some things you can do to take more control over your future direction.

Be confident with change

As with most aspects of life, if you believe in yourself, your abilities and your achievements, tackling new situations and periods of change can seem infinitely easier. Try to develop a sense of self-reliance and demonstrate to yourself that, when faced with hurdles, you can soldier on. When seeking out new career challenges, acknowledge that there may be some knockbacks, but that these aren’t the end of the road, merely hurdles for you to work with.

What’s actually important to you?

Assess your current situation. Your career. Your role. What got you here? What’s keeping you here? What do you need (from yourself and/or others) to move forward? What aspects about your situation, both in and out of work, are really important to you?What are your core, guiding values and how can you get the most out of any potential move which also aligns with those values? Think about your skills – which ones are transferable?

Get your name out there

I’m not suggesting rent a billboard, but consider how you market Brand You. How are you standing out for the crowd? Is your CV up-to-date? Is it highlighting the right skills and aptitudes? What about your LinkedIn profile? How do you conduct yourself over email when recruiters and potential future managers contact you? Similarly, when you meet people, whether that’s in a formal interview situation or networking, etc, are you coming across as professional, confident and likable? Ask a friend to assess your body language, maybe.

Strategy

The scattergun approach to job applications is rarely a successful strategy. Are you targeting the companies and roles that would really make you happy? Are you working with recruiters or just firing off the same CV to multiple recruiters in one hit? Learn how to get the most from a recruiter and finely tune how you target the specific roles that are perfect for you. In some industries, networking can be hugely helpful. This doesn’t just mean going along to networking events – you can do this very efficiently on the likes of LinkedIn.

Prepare

You can never be too prepared. If you’re invited to interview, you’ve been invited because they want to see you shine. A bad interview is embarrassing for the client as well as the interviewer. An interviewer really does want to see you do well. Don’t leave this to chance. Brush up on your interview technique. Learn about the company. Know what’s expected of the role. Think about what’s required of you post-interview.

You got the offer

Once you get the offer, you might be in a strong position to negotiate. You might be lucky enough to have multiple offers. Even better! Try to make any post-offer discussion advantageous to both you and your future company. Create the groundwork for a smooth transition into your new role.

 

Don’t give up on the old

Remember, you might have a brand spanking new role to go to, but don’t burn any bridges. Be careful to exit from your previous role as dignified and respectfully as possible. You never know when a new, exciting opportunity might arise back at your old place!

 

If you’d like to discuss Career Coaching and how it can help smooth this process, get in touch.