So you’re looking for a new role. That’s exciting! Who knows what is around the corner, what fantastic job with awesome perks you’ll be in very soon? But wait a minute, how do you get from point A, deciding you would like a new role to point B, successfully getting the new role (signing new work contract and popping some bubbly)? If you’re keen to be celebrating your new position in the not too distant future, you need a strategy. Use this guide to form the basis for your personal job search and attract strategy.

1. Career Vision – Start with the end in mind. Where do you want to be in ten years? Now work back to ensure your next role is going to take you where you want to go long-term. If you’re not clear on what your role you’re suited to and aiming for, then some pre-work is required.

2. Market Assessment – For someone with your skill set, are there opportunities in the current market? Look at job boards, talk to others in the industry and decide on your next strategic move. Perhaps you’ll need a horizontal move prior to your next move or perhaps you can step up higher than you initially thought.

3. CV – Having a stand-out CV is important. By ‘stand-out’ I am referring to something that is visually impactful and includes quantifiable achievements to highlight your capabilities. Consider having your CV finished by a Graphic Designer.

4. LinkedIn & Online profile – Getting LinkedIn right is the most important step in any job search. You need to complete your profile, have a captivating headline and include key words.

5. Job Boards + Niche sites – Set up job alerts on the major job boards and ensure you’re also tapping into niche industry sites (Seek is expensive to advertise on and many employers prefer a more targeted approach with industry sites). A Google search for jobs within your sector should reveal some of the other sites advertising suitable roles.

6. Research ideal employers – Do some online research into which companies you’d like to work for. Employers Of Choice in your industry is a great start. Look for companies that have a company culture that appeals to you. Many employers would prefer you approach them directly rather than through a recruitment agency

7. Recruitment Agencies – Partner with two or three recommended and respected agencies and ensure you know which employers they contact on your behalf. You need to own your personal brand and you don’t want your CV being sent to an employer numerous times.

8. Applications + Cover letters – Both need to be concise and original to ensure you stand-out from the crowd. Your CV will demonstrate your experience and skills. Your application and cover letters need to show your personality and demonstrate genuine interest in the organization you’re applying to.

9. Interviews – Ensure you understand the STAR methodology to answer competency-based interview questions effectively, and be very conscious of what your body language is communicating.

10. Salary negotiations – In your initial conversations with your prospective employer, be upfront with your salary expectations. Do your research first to ensure you know the market and don’t either undersell yourself, or price yourself out of the market. When it comes to the salary negotiations at the end of the process, you should be restating your position. Don’t be afraid to ask for additional benefits if  you can’t get the cash you’re after.

So there is is your step-by-step guide to a successful job search. If you’ve just completed Step Ten, then congratulations and cheers (cue glasses clinking)!

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