its often the time of year when people think about career and job transitions. Our coming celebration of sustaining a consistent 93 % success rate over 5 years has led me to explore the difference between those who rapidly find positions in which they will excel, value highly and love to do and those who have not experienced this kind of success prior to our work together.
Some clients have spent a year or more searching with few replies to their applications. Others have transitioned but the position is just “okay” and they want to find something that truly fits.
I reviewed over 100 clients who have used our services and 10 characteristics came up repeatedly in how they planned and executed a rapid effective job search:
1. They created a career destination that will mobilize their chosen strengths, in the direction of their deepest values and what they are most curious about.
2. They took the time to understand themselves, what they wanted and what they chose to bring to their next position.
3. Their search was driven by a powerful career statement which they continually sharpened and focused as they zeroed in on the job titles they are seeking.
4. 80% of their job search was spent on field research and 20% all other strategies.
5. Their resume was accomplishment oriented and highly targeted to the qualifications the employer was seeking.
6. Their entire process was directed at “finding offers: not “looking for a job”.
7. Each application was written to get the interview and not the job.
8. They recruited and managed a team of at least 15 lookouts who helped them to find positions before they were posted.
9. They negotiated between offers with their career statement as guideline.
10. They had once or sometimes twice a week with a career management consultant
It only makes sense to integrate these ideas as you begin planning your career transition or job search