Try not to settle for the first “YES” if the job doesn’t align with your personal objectives. It might be great to accept it initially, but will you be stuck in the wrong place feeling unable to move when the right job comes along? Make sure your short-term actions align with your long-term mission.
Career search in a pandemic world? It’s hugely challenging, but not impossible. Having witnessed every type of job loss scenario in the context of a wide array of external environments over the last two decades, we want to reassure people that with the right attitude, discipline and focus it will only be a temporary setback for individuals, and with the right mindset the change can be taken control of and used as a springboard onto your next successful venture.
Here are our 5 R’s to keep in mind to help you on your mission:
A fulfilling career is absolutely nothing without relationships! Not only will you not succeed in the role, but it won’t be enjoyable either and let’s face it, to be fulfilled it has to be enjoyable as well as pay the bills. A career transition is not different. It’s time to build that network in the sector you never thought you would be considered for and demonstrate your value add through your transferable skills and your personality USP.
Everything is available online. Interested in a company? Go find out what they are up to. Who are the key players and how can you access them? Is there only one person in every company you can speak to learn more? No, make contact with at least 3 to get different perspectives. Get a no from that company? Who are their competitors? Research is absolutely vital.
Job search in a career transition in this context can be exhausting so make sure to structure it, set mini goals and targets and recharge, but recharge in the right way. Watch films that inspire you, read to broaden your knowledge and do things that keep your mindset positive.
Rewrite your branded content that will help you on your mission. CV’s, covering letters,LinkedIn profiles, personal mission and values statements. It’s time to really look at them and ask, “does this add value?” If not, change it.
Like any change it can be mentally draining. But remember it’s a numbers game. The more doors you knock on the better opportunities arise. There will be “no’s” before the “yes”. But it only takes one!
Finally, where possible, try not to settle for the first “YES” if it doesn’t align with your personal objectives. It might be great to accept it initially, but will you be stuck in the wrong place feeling unable to move when the right job comes along? Make sure your short-term actions align with your long-term mission.