Have you have been made redundant or lost your job, or just been in a situation where you need to find a job as soon as possible? Whichever of those situations that you might have been in I’m sure you will understand the pressures that come to the forefront of your mind particular because you’ve got bills to pay or you have a family to support. Or both!
I remember being made redundant at around the time of the financial crisis and although it did really hit my confidence for a long time, it also made me think what next, I knew that I had to get straight back on the horse as soon as possible. Not least because I had a mortgage to pay and other bills to boot. But I was not ready just to accept any other job and my training in recruitment meant that I had the tools and wherewithal to pull myself through.
I knew that I could write a good CV and tailor it to each opportunity that suited my skills in fact during my early professional career – before I got into recruitment – my job applications had been all about my CV and spent all my time and effort getting it right. I neglected the other vital touch points and tactics or didn’t put as much effort into getting them right.
Think Poisitive by Remembering Achievements
One of the first things I did was to try to relax my mind and have some thinking time to myself, but it was time well spent because the purpose was to really think about what I had achieved over the preceding years.
And I didn’t do this just to massage my ego, well, maybe just a little bit because it was much needed. I was at a low ebb and I needed to remind myself how good I was at my job and how valuable I am in terms of skill that I have to offer future employers. So I got my CV in front of me and I began to look through all the professional roles that I had and for each role I cast my mind back to think about specific tangible achievements. At this point I didn’t discriminate I just noted down as many achievements and positive outcomes as I could think of (regardless of scale) so it became a brain dump for later refinement.
And it was a massive help to build my spirit and boost my confidence because it helped me to remember pivotal points of my career and milestones that I knew I could build upon and begin to sell to future employers whilst building my career in the direction that I wanted to take it.
And it was around about that time that I thought to myself let me keep a record of my achievements so that if I’m ever in a situation like this again all I need to do is pick up my record of achievement and read it. And to this day I keep a record of my achievements as a running list even though there’s no imminent threat of redundancy or job loss. But at the time of my redundancy I found that the record of achievement was really useful for selecting achievements to slot into my CV and applications.
Don’t rely on recruitment consultants
By the time of my imminent redundancy I had been in the world of recruitment for about four or five years so I knew the inner workings really well. And that put me in good stead because I knew that I could not simply rely on recruitment consultants to find my next job. That’s because recruiters get a limited percentage of the jobs in the market that I was targeting. So I set about making long lists of around 100 or so employers that I wanted to work for with the intention of contacting each and every one of them.
I was also precise and deliberate in terms of the recruiters that I targeted to help me with my job search because I knew I was likely to get better results if I targeted recruiters who were niche specific and worked at a senior level. As opposed to working with generalist recruiters or a very green or junior recruitment consultant who was learning the ropes.
My experience of dealing with jobseekers is that many of them will send in CV after CV and email after email applying to jobs without making the effort to call or enquire about their application. I knew that this was a big mistake because [Read more…]