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How to energise your job search

31st January 2014

At the end of a long, miserable and wet January, I was delighted to catch up with one of my coachees last night to hear about her job search progress. She is being made redundant from a job that she has been doing for some time and when we first met, she was anxious about what the future holds for her. Now she is bubbling with excitement about several different plans for part time and voluntary work. So how did she manage that transformation?

We worked together on identifying what she really enjoyed doing most. My questions prompted her to return to the beginning of her career and even remember conversations she had a very long time ago as she left school and chose her original career path. She has enjoyed all but the last couple of years of her career and is now firmly convinced that she has several, well-researched routes to finding work that will interest and inspire her.

It is interesting how time creeps up on all of us. Our immediate needs to put food on the table, a roof over heads and bring up a family, all valid career choices at the time, can have longer term effects on our careers that we only notice when a crisis or an objective coach helps us to fully understand. What are you getting out of your current work? What do you really want and need from work and what are the differences between those two answers? Until you can truthfully answer these questions, you will be wasting job search time looking for the wrong type of work and even if you do secure a new job, you risk feeling exactly the same frustrations in another year's time. So, here a few prompt questions to help you think about what you are really looking for from your next  job:

What are the best bits and the worst bits of your current job and why are these tasks/situations on those lists?

What did you want to do when you left school? Are you still interested? Try to list 10 reasons why that job would not be the right one for you now. If you can't find 10, then research modern, local opportunities to do that work.

If you won the lottery next week, would you do voluntary work? If so, what and for which charity and why?

What hobbies/ interests do you follow outside work or if you don't have time for anything outside work, what would you like to do and why? Does anyone make money out of those hobbies and could you make money out of them?

How much money do you want and how much do you need to live on and what is the difference between those two figures?

I hope that these questions have got you started thinking about your current job and potential future jobs. If you would like some help to focus your thinking further and land the job of your dreams, then please just email me: and let's get you started on the road to your dream job.


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