Repeating the adage that “looking for a full-time job is a full-time job” always draws nodding heads, smiles of agreement, or frowns of frustration when I speak to groups on career management. Job applicants, the ones who really get it, know that it takes an enormous amount of time and effort to land a new position, especially in a competitive market.
It also takes up to date knowledge
on branding practices, the effective use of digital platforms, the development
of content, building a resume that can easily be customized for each position
for which you apply, and a killer Value Brand Statement. Changes in the job
market are occurring at a very rapid rate.
Many of the lessons learned about searching for a job five years ago are
no longer valid.
You Actually Have Three Jobs
One of my coaching clients recently remarked that when you enter the job market, you have three full-time jobs:
current position, assuming you have not been terminated or laid off
how to use the digital tools and rules and developing appropriate strategies
and executing your job search
“How up to date are you? Unless you are working with an ironclad, no-cut employment contract, a forced career transition is a definite possibility. Then there is the decision to pursue the next step in your career advancement plan.”
How up to date are you? Unless you are working with an ironclad, no-cut employment contract, a forced career transition is a definite possibility. Then there is the decision to pursue the next step in your career advancement plan.
Assessment of Your Job Search Preparedness
Here are questions we use to assess a candidate’s readiness to be competitive in the job market. Five is very knowledgeable and one is poor.How familiar are you with your VBS, also known as your value proposition?
Are your familiar with the process of developing your VBS?
When a recruiter asks you to tell her/him about yourself, can you communicate your value statement in a smooth, confident and memorable manner?
How would you rate your storytelling ability?
How would you rate your level of comfort regarding your career vision statement? If you do not have a formal career vision statement, score 1.
How would you rate your ability to develop your own career vision statement today?
How would you rate your overall knowledge regarding current resume standards?
How would you rate your current resume in terms of its effectiveness in conveying your true value?