1. Do a Skills Analysis of yourself (template) – how many years experience you’ve learned from?
2. Personal SWOT analysis (template) – your Strengths/Weaknesses (areas for development)/Opportunities & Threats e.g. limited abilities or capacity like time limits can be threats; opportunities such as moving house, new people, stimulating colleagues and ideas.
3. CV writing based on the outcomes of analysis and SWOT (template)
4. Include all your experiences & skills taken from them – home, leisure, work, good & bad!
5. Do wide searches for jobs on various jobsites – enter postcode & Search All jobs at the end
6. Think outside the box – experience, career ladder, skills, abilities, interests
7. Take a risk now and then! Probably a calculated risk, but take one all the same!
8. Try something new! Try on a new you for a day or two. How? See here!
9. Action plan your search – to do list every day, every week
10. Use social media to job search and get your name/CV out there! Linked in is a profile site; Twitter is immediate and wide reaching; your Facebook page has contacts you don’t even know about – “6 links to the rest of the world” suggests we all have only 6 people in our circle to link out to the world! You know the saying “What a small world?” Well, it is!
11. Smile – on the phone, typing your CV, e-mailing for jobs, completing applications, interviews, rejections, efforts and research – it will not only make you feel better (if you hold a smile for 6-10 seconds!), it will change your attitude and will be favourable to people to interact with, however you engage with them!
12. Make sure you know what you get yourself into with a new job – terms & conditions include holidays due/holiday year & booking procedures, sick pay & reporting procedures, other policies and procedures affecting your role, supervision and support, notice period, entitlements (bonuses due).