Dealing With Conflicting Priorities When Job Searching

Financial-LiteracyDealing With Conflicting Priorities When Job Searching

 Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – pre-order on Amazon

When working with clients looking for a role. I usually ask them to work out a basic budget which covers how much money they would need to feed and house themselves and those who depend upon them. I ask them then to consider what resources and options are available to them to meet their financial commitments. Is there enough? If not, then earning more money quickly becomes the top priority. This might mean taking a part time or interim role in the short-term while they work on their career aspirations outside work.

But these conditions do not provide the optimum for successful job search.

Looking for work is best treated as a full-time occupation. And it needs to be at the top of your agenda. Sometimes even for those with enough financial resources can find this a challenge. While friends and family accept the priority you give to your job when you are in work, they are less likely to accept that you have the same level of commitment to looking for a job.

“Why can’t you come along to support my charity event now you are at home all day?”

But if you want to have the best chance of finding that special new job that is just right for you, or even one close to it, taking time out to please friends and family may not be your best choice.

If you do have to compromise make sure it is for the very best of reasons. Yes, that does include your kids’ sports’ day. But recognise that anything less than top billing for your job search gives you a lesser chance of successful job search.

I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.

If you are thinking about coaching, and we coaches really can add value to your job search, I would love to talk to you.

Warm regards

Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
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 September; Time for a Fresh Start

September; Time for a Fresh Start

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 Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – pre-order on Amazon. LinkedIn Group Top Contributor

I find the beginning of September is a great time to take stock, look over what has happened so far in both calendar and financial years, and commit to a fresh start.

Here we are at the beginning of the academic term, when most organizations go back up to full power having got over the holiday break period.

This is a great time to get out those objectives you signed up to a while ago and see whether they are still relevant. How about writing some new ones?

It is also a great time to review your continuing profession development plan or your personal development plan. If you don’t have either yet, now is the time to set them up. There is still time to sign up for many part-time and evening courses at further education colleges. How about setting up a reading list of books to read between now and the end of the calendar year?

If you looking for work or thinking about some kind of career change, now is the time to get organized and commit to the work you will need to do. Your networking contacts are likely to around now with some slots still vacant in their diaries.

If you have been looking for work for a while now, perhaps it is time to take stock and see if there is something you should consider doing differently. Look at our group posts over the last few months – is there something useful to you?

I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.

If you are thinking about coaching, and we coaches really can add value to your job search, I would love to talk to you.

Warm regards

Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com
UK: +44 (0) 2081239146
US: +1 262 317 9016
Mobile: +44 (0) 7867681439 IM: wendymason14 (Skype)
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Job Search Tips to Help You Stand Out

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Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – pre-order on Amazon

Applying for work? Here are some tips to help!

1. Read the job description. Oh so many people don’t do this. Or, they don’t do it with sufficient care. When you have read it decide carefully whether you can actually do the job before you apply.
2. Accept the gift of Key Words. Incorporate Key Words used in the job description into your resume and cover letter so that you make the right bells ring. But, again, do it with care – sprinkle rather than bombard.
3. Talk about what you have accomplished. Do this in your resume and during the interview. Illustrate answers with your achievements. Show how you can do the same good job for the potential employer.
4. Create your resume first even when filling in an online application form – then you can cut and post from it. Please check it very carefully for typos.
5. Research, research, research; the company, the people (you can used LinkedIn) and the position. If you are called for an interview, you need to able to show you understand what they are about and what they need.
6. Prepare, prepare, and prepare for the interview. Have a battery of descriptions of what you have achieved, and how, lined up to demonstrate how you fit their needs. Think through your attitude to past employers and emphasise the positive – never be tempted to be critical – they’ll worry you will do the same to them.
7. Remember your manners and send a thank you email afterwards offering more information if they need it. The thank you note may be the thing that marks you out if they are wavering.

I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.

If you are thinking about coaching, and we coaches really can add value to your job search, I would love to talk to you.

Warm regards

Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com
UK: +44 (0) 2081239146
US: +1 262 317 9016
Mobile: +44 (0) 7867681439 IM: wendymason14 (Skype)
Pre-order “The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters” from my Amazon page at this linkhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Mason/e/B00BEV22L4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Job Search: Just starting out?

Job Search: Just starting out?

If you are just starting your job search what should you keep in mind?

Be open to possibilities.

Most job seekers look for a new job similar to the one they just left. This makes sense in lots of ways. Among other things, we tend to define ourselves by the work we do, so it is understandable that the kind of work we look for is that with which we have been associated. But this approach can be self-limiting. This might just be the time to consider other possibilities!

The skill set you have developed may meet the requirements of a number of different roles. What about the opportunities for self-employment? Or you may wish to use some of this time to add to your skill set through training, developing a hobby or some kind voluntary work.

Be prepared for a full-time commitment.

Successful job search takes time. Among other things, if you want to win a job today, you need to invest energy into lots and lots of research. For example, you need to do your homework on potential employers; what is happening in their marketplace and who are the key players? Also, if you want to tap into the hidden job market (those vacancies that are never advertised) you need to network, network, and network.

Be prepared to deal with rejection.

Getting the right job these days usually means bouncing back from lots of near misses. The secret is to learn from each one. Occasionally, you will need to accept that decisions are not wholly reasonable or just and it is best to take none of it too personally. Yes, sometimes you don’t get a job because you made a mess of the interview. Accept that and resolve to do better next time. If you were well fitted for a role you didn’t get then see it as their loss, not yours, and move on. There will be other roles and new possibilities to consider.

I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.

If you are thinking about coaching, and we coaches really can add value to your job search, I would love to talk to you.

Warm regards

Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com
UK: +44 (0) 2081239146
US: +1 262 317 9016
Mobile: +44 (0) 7867681439 IM: wendymason14 (Skype)
Pre-order “The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters” from my Amazon page at this linkhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Mason/e/B00BEV22L4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Finding the Hidden Job Market; Contacting Employers Directly

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 is a Career Coach and this is a tip from The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Friends and Influence Recruiters – pre-order on Amazon(US)Amazon (UK)

Most vacancies, particularly in the private sector, are never advertised. They are filled by people already known to the employer or known to a contact of the employer.  So of course it is worthwhile making yourself known. There is no reason why you should not contact an employer to ask about jobs available. If an employer can fill a job without advertising, it saves them time and expense. Even if they don’t have vacancies now and you make the right impression, they may contact you in the future.

Find out as much as you can about the organization before you approach them. Identify a suitable senior manager or professional and address your letter to them. Look for someone in a position of influence but outside HR. Then tailor your letter carefully to show your interest in the organization, tell them why you would like to work for them and how what you have to offer might meet their needs. Ask for an opportunity to talk to them to learn more about the organization and future opportunities. Offer to send your CV. Keep you letter simple, straight forward, polite and on one sheet. Check it very carefully for accuracy and typos.

Many people try to find out the name of person responsible for hiring new staff and write to them. But a direct approach to a senior executive in the department you want to work in is often more successful. If you have done your homework and show a real interest in the company you can find this direct contact can be a very good way in.

 is a Career Coach and this is a tip from The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Friends and Influence Recruiters – pre-order on Amazon(US)Amazon (UK)

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Get a Diploma or Certificate In Your Desired Career Field To Increase Your Self-Confidence

Get a Diploma or Certificate In Your Desired Career Field To Increase Your Self-Confidence

Tamara-M.-Williams_1405711 Today we have a guest post from Tamara M. Williams, an EzineArticles Platinum Level Expert Author. She publishes articles on various topics. Visit her profile page on EzineArticles to learn more.

When you study a new or advanced topic in an area of interest you increase your knowledge and skills. It is possible to study without earning an online diploma or certificate. However, having one makes it easier for you to increase your list of accomplishments. This shows your commitment and dedication to yourself and your career. In addition, it adds a great boost to your self-confidence. This furthers your personal and career development and increases your level of success in life.

E-Learning Providers

There are many blog posts, eBooks, webinars, training videos and a lot of other content on various career fields. These are easy to use and help you to quickly learn the topic that you have an interest in. However, an online course provides a more structured approach. By using them, you learn a wider variety of information in one convenient place. Some e-learning providers are universalclass.com, coursera.org, udemy.com and alison.com. They offer courses such as Social Media Marketing, Customer Service, Project Management, and Workplace Safety and Health.

Benefits of Online Courses

There are many benefits when taking online courses. Courses can last from a few weeks up to a few months, so you can choose one based on your free time. Some courses are self-paced which offers flexibility. Others are instructor-led which offers more guidance. They are also more convenient because you can get access to the materials 24/7s. Plus, you can communicate with the instructor and other students for help or to offer suggestions. It takes time and commitment to study, but doing so opens the way for career advancement.

Increase Your Self-Confidence

A certificate or diploma increases your list of accomplishments which builds your self-confidence.  Yourdictionary.com defines self-confidence as “a person’s belief or trust in their own ability”. Self-confidence increases your determination to take on new or challenging projects at work. You feel encouraged to ask for a promotion or apply for a new job or step into a new career field. It helps you to acknowledge mistakes or failures and learn from them. It allows you take more risks to meet your career goals. Therefore, getting qualifications in your career field increases your belief in yourself to succeed.

Completing online diplomas or certificates will help you learn valuable information and skills on various topics for your career field. This adds to your accomplishments and increases your self-confidence. Self-confidence will help you advance in your existing or new career, which will increase your level of success in life.

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Getting on With The Boss

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 Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book; How to Win Friends and Influence Recruiters – pre-order on Amazon

So many people I work with or meet raise this as an issue.  So I’m returning to it again.

I don’t know anyone who at some point in their professional life hasn’t had some worries about establishing a good working relationship with their manager.

And remember folks that is what it is about; a good working relationship.

You don’t have to be best friends. You just need to establish a relationship that allows you to work constructively with each other.

With this relationship, as with others, at the heart lies a need for good communication. The reality is that not all managers are blessed with good communication skills. With some managers, they have the skills but, for one reason or another, are not choosing to use them effectively.

So, as a worker in a silent vacuum, you try to make sense of what is going on.

The super confident may well assume; “Well I must be doing well or she/he would say something.” But many of us are less than super confident, particularly when starting a new job. We assume no news is bad news. We may even start to interpret body language, and how the boss behaves towards others, as sending some kind of message for us. Often our interpretation and our assumptions are wrong.

If your manager has not opened up communication with you, then you need to open up communication with them.

First, take some time out to think about what you want to ask and what information you require to do your job well. Then think how to put your requests into words. Now, you are ready to book some time in your manager’s diary.

Pick a time when they are likely to be fresh but not immediately after they arrive in the office and need to check their in-tray. You don’t want them distracted by emails rather than listening to you. Always open the conversation by referring to some positive points about your job and the organization. Then, when you have their attention, present your points clearly but without personal criticism. Make sure they know that you appreciate how busy they are and make sure you thank them for their time.

Follow up by suggesting you have regular, but not necessarily frequent, touchdown meetings.

I am sure that if you prepare properly, you will handle this well and both you and your boss will be pleased you took the initiative.

I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.

If you are thinking about coaching, and we coaches really can add value to your job search, I would love to talk to you.

Warm regards

Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com
UK: +44 (0) 2081239146
US: +1 262 317 9016
Mobile: +44 (0) 7867681439 IM: wendymason14 (Skype)
Pre-order “The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters” from my Amazon page at this linkhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Mason/e/B00BEV22L4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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