Tips for Your Job Search

Are you feeling stuck in a job that you don’t love or are struggling to find a role that matches your skills? You are not alone. The job search process can be intimidating and often frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. By implementing a few key strategies, you can take control of your job search and move closer to securing a position that aligns with your career goals and aspirations.

Before starting your job search, consider some questions to clarify your strategy:

  1. Do I want to pursue a similar job in the same industry?
  2. Do I want to look for a similar job in a completely different industry?
  3. Do I want a completely different job that uses my transferable skills?
  4. Is there a position that I can apply for in my current organization?
  5. Do I want a whole new career?

If you are unsure about what direction to take, it might be time to brainstorm your options with a trusted friend, family member, or career service professional. I’d like to share some approaches to get you started.

Tips for Your Job Search

Get to Know Yourself and What You Have To Offer

The first thing is to know yourself and your worth to set yourself up for success. Use this time for reflection. Get a notebook to start writing your ideas about your journey. Think about your passions, interests, and strengths. Take a personality test. Two of my favorites are 16 Personalities and Truity. Truity has additional career-related assessments to get you started.

Job Search Plan

A job search plan has two phases: the preparation phase and the active job search phase.

Phase 1: Preparing For The Job Search

The preparation phase will take at least a month of full-time effort. This phase builds the foundation of your job search.

Work Goals – Establish your work goals and purpose. Your short-term goals are the changes you want to make in the next three to six months. They might include preparing yourself for your next career move. You may consider taking an interim job if you need to make a fast change. This may not be your ideal job, but it will hold you over until you secure your dream job.

Then, think about your long-term goals. I suggest using the SMART goals model:

    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Achievable
    • Realistic
    • Time Frames

No matter what your current employment status is, I suggest that you create a career plan. A career plan is a blueprint for the next steps in your career. It includes your strengths, skills, abilities, and work experience. Think of a SWOT analysis: strengths, challenges, opportunities, and threats. Consider your executive functioning strengths and weaknesses.

Clarify Target Employers

Identify what job titles and roles you are seeking. What industries are you considering? What type of work environment do you want? To understand more about this, consider your personal and work-related goals and what is most important to you as you consider your next job.

Research Employers

Research companies you are most interested in working for. Use a variety of tools, such as LinkedIn.

Develop Your Brand

After doing the preparation work mentioned, you will be familiar with your strengths, skills, and what you have to offer, often referred to as your Unique Contribution Statement. (UCS is 1-2 sentences that show what you do best and reflect your strengths, values, skills, and personality) You will have the tools available to communicate what you can offer to prospective employers. Now it’s time to update your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Phase 2: The Active Job Search

This phase involves building your network, applying for jobs, and interviewing. While networking is challenging for many, it helps to identify ways you most like to network according to your own personal style. I can’t emphasize enough about the importance of networking. Most jobs are secured through employee referrals. It will help you to be strategic with your networking and job search. Some of the top hiring sources include the use of job boards (33%), internal hires (30%), company career sites (30%), in-person recruiting events (28%), and social media (27%).

Organization & Time Management

Whether you are working in your existing job or you are in between jobs, having an organized and strategic approach to the job search will result in greater success in securing your next job. For a successful job search, narrow your focus and work on small goals for each week in your search. Establish weekly goals for your job search and develop a tracking system for all of your contact leads, communications, and actions. If all of this sounds too much to do on your own, reach out to someone who can be your accountability partner.

If you need help keeping yourself on track with better management for your job research, ADHD coaching could be a path to explore. Consider scheduling a complimentary introductory meeting with me or any of the other coaches at the Center for Living Well with ADHD. Let’s get acquainted, understand your needs, and explore how ADHD Coaching may help you experience more of the life you are meant to have.

Victoria Roche, MSW, PCC

Victoria Roche, MSW, PCC

ADHD Coach and Life Coach, Executive Skills Coach

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