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Career: How to Optimise Your Job Search?

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

The job market is changing with the current situation, and these changes are here to stay. Many of us have lost our job, or know someone who has. Looking for new opportunities can be a daunting challenge, but certain strategies can significantly improve your search. We have developed the wheel of job search for our clients transitioning in their career. It is a simple, but powerful tool that helps them visualise all the important areas of career search at once. By looking at a visual representation of all the areas at once, the wheel helps them to better understand which areas need the most work and laser focus on those specific areas and leveraging on the others.

6 Factors to Consider when Planning Your Job Search

How to Build Your Wheel of Job Search?

1. Professional Goals

  • How clear are you with your short-term and long-term career goals?

  • Have you checked which opportunities are available for these goals?

  • How is your targeted industry performing? What other industries are you a good fit for? 

  • What transferrable competencies could you leverage in a new industry?

2. CV

  • Does your CV show measurable results from your previous experiences? Ensure it showcases hard and transferable skills backed up with quantifiable achievements.

  • Is your CV ATS-friendly? Recruiters and Hiring Managers will use ATS, or Applicant Tracking System, to quickly evaluate how suitable your application is for the role.

3. LinkedIn Profile

  • Do you have a professional profile picture? It is the first thing recruiters will look at.

  • Does your headline strike a good first impression? This is prime real estate space on your LinkedIn profile. Make sure you spend real time on it!

  • What headline could you write if you have lost your job? The job titles you seek e.g.Project Manager | Program Manager | Change Manager.

  • What about your summary? Does it demonstrate your skills, passion, and unique qualifications?

4. Elevator Pitch

  • How do you tell your story in 30 seconds?

  • Open with a very brief introduction to your professional persona.

  • Then, don't just tell them what you do. Highlight how well you can do it.

  • Last but not least, tell them why you are the best person for the role you target. 

  • And don't forget to convey passion when sharing your story. Body language is as important as your words. 

5. Networking

  • Did you know over 85% of open positions are filled through networking?

  • When approaching someone, either face-to-face or virtually, how do you open the conversation?

  • In this age of social distancing, how well do you prepare your online presence?

  • What commonalities do you have with that person? The more personal it is, the better! It is not just about finding a job.

  • Do you engage on LinkedIn to expand your network? The LinkedIn's algorithm awards engagement with visibility in recruiter and other searches.

6. Interview

Are you using the C.A.R.L framework when preparing your answers? 

  • C: What is the question's Context?

  • A: What were your Actions

  • R: What Results did you achieve?

  • L: What Lessons did you learn?

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