Welcome to this modular programme, we hope that you find it both enjoyable and valuable in helping you to find your next job

Tackle the modules in bite size chunks, don’t feel the need to do everything in one go and allow plenty of time to digest and apply the information covered

Each module includes helpful ‘Activities’ for you to complete, it is strongly recommended that you give yourself plenty of time to undertake them, get the most out of the content and digest the key learning points

Allow yourself time to reflect and take on board the advice, key messages and suggested tasks contained in the programme to enable you to move your job campaign forward

This first module will

  • Identify the eight job hunting ingredients essential to success

  • Explain why they are each so important for your job campaign

  • Highlight the strong areas of your job campaign to enhance even further

  • Spot your weaker campaign areas that need initiating or developing

  • Undertake a coaching needs analysis of where you are and what you need

  • Provide guidance on how to successfully coach yourself to be an effective job hunter

In day to day life, you don’t talk much about how good you are at your job, so its only natural to feel uncomfortable initially when you start doing it while job hunting, but it is essential that you get comfortable with it

Your CV should be like the John Lewis tagline ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’

Being the best candidate isn’t enough, you need to be the best interviewee as well

Recruiters are looking for credible candidates, it’s your job to get on their ‘radars’ and ‘sell yourself’ to ensure that you are one of the credible candidates they know about

Most job hunters will have external motivators (e.g. dependents, mortgages, bills etc.), it’s the internal motivators that will get you ‘ahead of the pack’

Its OK and perfectly normal to have fears and concerns, its not OK to let them drive your behaviour in the wrong direction

The best sales people know and accept that they have to get through the ‘No’ responses to get to the ‘Yes’ buyers

Having an organised plan consisting of a series of ‘bite size’ tasks will make the campaign manageable and also make it look much less scary

The programme has a separate module for each of the eight essential job hunting ingredients

 

 

As our starting point, let's look at what they are, what they each mean and why they are so important

Self-awareness - if you are not clear what is on offer, others won’t be either, it's about your

  • Comfort and ease managing change and transition

  • Knowledge of your skills, strengths and achievements

  • Confidence in how employable and valuable you are

CV writing - if you can’t express what you are worth, readers won’t value it, an effective CV

  • Gives a clear visual picture of what you have to offer

  • Stands out from other competing candidates

  • Generates interviews, meetings and conversations

Interview technique - articulating your abilities isn’t easy, but has to be done, it's about your

  • Robustness preparing yourself and your evidence

  • Performance at interviews and meetings

  • Being ahead of competing interviewees

Market presence - recruiters only know about you if you go out and find them, achieved by

  • Making full use of all the key routes to jobs

  • Optimising the strength and value of your networks

  • Maximising social media capability and activity

Motivation - if you are not truly 'up for it', there are plenty of others who are, so it's about your

  • Energy, enthusiasm and engagement levels

  • Self starter drive and strength of imperatives

  • Emotional commitment to getting a job

Courage - fear (e.g. of failure, rejection etc.) is a natural reaction, so you need to

  • Ensure that your fears don’t drive your behaviour

  • Be prepared to be brave and to take control

  • Show openness and not be defensive

Resilience - job hunting involves knock backs, to bounce back you need to be prepared to 

  • Learn and grow from challenges and adversity

  • Build your capacity to bounce back and recover

  • Be realistic, positive and practical

Structure - its a campaign, so be organised, build momentum and keep going,by

  • Having and implementing a clear job campaign

  • Time and effort prioritised with activity being effective

  • Ensuring self-discipline to keep the campaign on track

Do you welcome and embrace change or do you dread and resist it? Either way, it is important that you know yourself and know how to manage your reactions and transition during change positively and proactively

Being able to identify and recognise the skills, strengths and achievements you have is very important when job hunting

Knowing your skills, strengths and achievements is crucial, but it is only half the job. You also need to truly value them. If you don’t, nobody else will either

Your CV needs to show the reader that
‘I did it for them, now I can do it for you

Is your CV getting you on the short list to the next selection stage, or on the large pile that don’t?

If your CV isn’t regularly converting opportunities into interactions with decision makers then it’s not working

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

If you feel confident about your evidence it will show

You don’t need to be a fast runner,
just faster than the other interviewees

Don’t rely on just one way to find job opportunities, spread your bets

Using your network is good for you and good for your network, a win-win for everybody

Managing your virtual image effectively and proactively using social media is vital and becoming even more important

Does job hunting fill you with dread or present a challenge you want to tackle? Either way, you need to be as 'hungry' for a job as your competitors!

Are you somebody who is able to quickly and easily motivate yourself or do you find it difficult to become enthusiastic and get yourself going?

Are you feeling truly 'up for it' and passionate about job hunting or just doing it because you have to?

‘Thinking will not overcome fear but action will’

W. Clement Stone

It is often said in many different situations that the scariest moment is always just before you start doing something!

Recognising, accepting and learning from mistakes can be incredibly valuable and liberating, not doing so will mean you keep making the same mistakes

When things aren't going your way and you feel 'knocked back', is your reaction to feel down and demotivated or does it galvanise you to do something about it?

‘It's your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop’

Dieter F. Uchtdorfe

Resilience isn’t about blind optimism, quite the opposite, it is about being realistic and  recognising what needs to be done

Goals without an implementation plan are just a wish list

The opportunity cost of doing something is what else you are not doing

You will need tenacity and grit to keep yourself going

Somewhere out there is your next job

At the moment, you don’t know about it and it doesn’t know about you

We need to get those two bits of information together and close the deal

To do so, you need to get ready for a journey to find and land your next job

If safely possible, share the output from any of the activities undertaken in this and the other modules with others for helpful feedback and as a useful sounding board

Coaching needs analysis

 

 

Now that you have started considering your knowledge and behaviour readiness, let’s delve a little further from a coaching perspective

 

 

Being entirely honest with yourself (nobody else will ever know!), where  would you currently place yourself on the matrix below

Let’s look at each area and what they might mean for you in successfully coaching yourself

Trapped Flounderer

This is a tough place to be, with the overriding emotion likely to be a feeling of being overwhelmed and not knowing quite where to start

 

 

The main coaching task is to turn what may look insurmountable into lots of smaller, achievable tasks so that you gradually build up your job hunting abilities and readiness 

Informed Struggler

This may feel like a frustrating place to be, knowing what needs doing, yet failing to make it happen and possibly not being sure why it is so

The key coaching task is to focus on behaviour skills and understand and resolve what’s stopping you from getting on with having an effective job campaign 

Naïve Striver

Here, you may feel very energised and ‘up for it’, but feel lost as to what needs doing, how to undertake the tasks and what order to do them in 

The key coaching task is spend time redirecting your energy to acquiring the knowledge and information you need to use your time and energy effectively 

Mediocre Plodder

Lots of your competing job hunters will be here, so if you are too, you will be just one more in the crowd and probably finding it difficult to stand out from other job hunters

The key coaching task here is for you to not accept that ‘OK is OK’, you need to measurably up your game to 'get ahead of the pack'

Star Performer

This is the ideal area you need to either be in or get to as soon as possible for a fast, effective and successful job hunting campaign

The key coaching task is to keep doing everything positive you have already put in place with persistence and determination and to minimise or eliminate any negative distractions 

Coaching for change

A famous quote, often attributed to Albert Einstein, says ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’

Coaching is about getting yourself to do things differently to achieve different, better and successful outcomes

To coach yourself to have a successful job hunting campaign, you will need five key attributes, namely, you need to be

Hopefully, you now have more of a sense of where you currently are in job hunting readiness terms and what the challenges are in coaching yourself

 

 

Now, let’s start to get cracking and make it all happen to secure your next job!

This module has

  • Identified the eight key ingredients of effective job hunting

  • Explained why they’re so crucial and valuable to successful job hunting

 

  • Provided a framework to learn and use key tools and techniques

 

 

  • Enabled you to recognise the areas that need to be enhanced

  • Given you a coaching route forward to have a successful job hunting campaign

Well done on completing this first module

Let’s start using the modules to improve your job hunting readiness, get your job campaign really motoring and find that next job - it's out there somewhere, we just need to find it!

The next module looks at one of the foundation stones of effective job hunting, raising and building your self awareness

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