In today’s ultra-competitive job market, you have to stay ahead of the pack. Many options are available to you to ensure that you don’t get left behind in the dust, but perhaps none are as important as conceiving a strong and viable business or game plan.
Throughout the past decade, a gradual and thorough transformation has occurred in the job market. The methods used by employers to recruit people have changed radically, with the bar of expectations from new hires being raised dramatically. It follows that as employers have altered their hiring strategies, so must job seekers adjust and adapt how they approach their career search.
The modern job hunter must treat their quest as though it were a business or a sports team preparing for its next big match. It’s a basic fact that the same ideals that allow teams in either the business or sports world to achieve success can also apply to looking for a new job. An endless array of books have been written by coaches and athletes about how to apply the lessons they’ve learned and taught on and off the field of play to running a business. Likewise, countless industry leaders have imparted their knowledge to those in athletics.
Fortunately, the pearls of wisdom provided by giants such as John Wooden, Warren Buffett and others can just as easily by co-opted by you looking for a new job. Here are some invaluable nuggets that will help you form a surefire game plan or business model.
An introspective self-evaluation is a crucial first step in shaping your plan. Compile a list of the principles and values that drive you in the marketplace. Let prospective employers know what makes you you. Don’t simply rehash what is in your resumé. Your next boss would prefer to learn what qualities you can bring to their company, as opposed to hearing twice warmed-over details of your work history.
Knowing what field of work you wish to enter is important, but once you’ve determined that you need to identify which employers appeal to you. Use a broad stroke when painting this canvas, including even those companies you think are possibly out of reach in your job search. Remember, you don’t necessarily have to climb your career ladder only one rung at a time. Set you aim higher and you just might hit the mark.
Once you have your list, then you have to find out who makes the hiring decisions in these firms. It’s always useful to know who your next supervisor will be. With this directory compiled, your next step is to create a network of contacts who could either introduce or at least show you the path to meeting these decision-makers. You might be surprised by who can provide help in this area, so don’t make assumptions as those people who are best poised to help you. One contact may lead to another through which you’ll find the key to your job search, so don’t hesitate to seek out their advice.
Your last step in building your job search market plan is perhaps the most important. Just as any new business uses advertising and word-of-mouth to announce its arrival on the scene, so must you use your resumé as a tool in the same regard. Treat your resumé as if it were your business card, being certain to hand it out to all your contacts. And as with any advertisement, make it as attractive and concise as possible, but be sure it conveys the best you have to offer. As athletes are quick to say, leave nothing on the field of play. That way you’ll have no regrets later on.
Much like in business or sports, in a career quest you have competitors or opponents who are seeking to grab the same brass ring as you are. This is truer than ever today’s workforce, which can be cutthroat and exhilarating at the same time. Having a crackerjack job search market plan will enable to navigate the rough waters of the job market.