I was successful in the interview and will be starting my trainee management course in March. 
I would just like to thank you so much for all your help. What you do for others is a great thing and you should be really proud.  - Graduate jobseeker

Focusing your job search targets

12th September 2012

I've been coaching several people over this summer who were very lost in their job search. Interestingly, this summer group included people from all age ranges and very different industry experiences, but they were all pretty baffled about where they wanted to go next.

When I start working with job seekers who have no idea where they should be looking or for what, I find it very helpful to start with the immediate, practical issues that they are facing. 

If you have no idea what you want to do, or what you can do, or where might your best next job be found, then you might feel that you ought to be applying for every vacancy in the country. Clearly this approach is silly, exhausting and impossible. Stop wasting time browsing every job advert that passes in front of your eyes and start drawing up a list of the key practical things that will start to reduce that huge list of potential vacancies. Try answering these questions for yourself:

How far can you travel to your next job? (Think time, not mileage)

What hours can you work to fit in with the rest of your life?

What is your favourite bit of your current/ last job?

What is your worst bit of your current/last job?

What sort of work will maximise the best bits and minimise the worst bits?

These questions will get you started on identifying a few potential industries or job roles that you can now investigate further. For your next step to clarifying where you look now, contact me on  adn let's see how much further we can develop your job search.


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