How to start job hunting from scratch
Episode 171 - Learn how to start job hunting from scracth to find a new job
Starting a job search project from scratch can be intimidating. If you're unsure where to begin, listen to this episode of The Job Hunting Podcast, where I share three tips to help you start your job search and develop your career goals. And remember, it's never too late to start planning for your future and making your career aspirations a reality.
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About the Host, Renata Bernarde
Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach professionals (corporate, non-profit, and public) the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress.
If you are an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, if you are looking to find your next job or promotion, or if you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running, then this podcast is for you.
In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, on my website, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients
Timestamps to guide your listening
06:18 Tip #1 - Make a wishlist for your career
09:32 Tip #2 - Focus on actions instead of results
13:11 Tip #3 - Your time is now, so get the tools and resources you need to start making progress today
Transcript of this episode
I wanted to share three quick tips today that might help as you start to think about your job search and career goals. Now that we have overcome the January ups and downs of making NYR and forgetting all about them after a few weeks, you have become resilient and hopefully more determined to make real changes. Ready? Let's go
1) Make a wish list for your career
I feel that people can get confused and not see the difference between action and dreams. Dreams can be actionable, but probably not all at once, or sometimes they don't fit at all with your life. They are just lovely ideas that don't translate well.
Here's an example:
"Wouldn't it be lovely if I started singing again?" Yes, that would be, but when I measure it against other dreams, it's not a great priority for me. It's a fantasy, but bringing it to life would mean prioritizing it against other better, more exciting dreams I have already actioned, like having my own business as a coach or am about to act, like re-learning a 3rd language, either French or Italian.
You can think as big as you want - without the pressure to perform. Then from this list, you can decide what you might like to achieve, and you can translate that into action-based goals.
2) Focus on actions instead of results
Create action-based goals instead of results-based goals
Don't get caught up in the fantasy, romantic notions of a new job in the future that will solve all your problems.
Vanity metrics – salary, better titles or positions,
There's a lot we can do to change our lives, but let's focus on actions and things we can do ourselves that we have control over input and activities. Those are the things that can lead to the desired outcomes.
That's why I recommend developing action-based goals - these are things you can directly control.
Optimized Job Search Schedule
Adopt and incorporate changes to your daily and weekly routine
Approaching your goals this way means your goals will motivate you to action rather than intimidating you or making you get down on yourself when you don't hit the numbers you're aiming for.
Here's an example:
✋🏻 instead of making your goal, "I will get a new job in 2 months that pays me 200k."
👉🏻 make your goal "make one high-quality connection with a recruiter every two weeks."
Obviously, making more good connections will translate into recruiters keeping you top of mind for opportunities in the weeks and months ahead, which then leads to a potentially great job in the near future.
3) Your time is now, so Get the tools and resources you need to start making progress today.
This is the deal: You have an amazing future ahead of you. Don't be caught up in the present or stuck because you feel you're past your due date. There is no better time than now to get yourself set up with the tools you need to make your goals happen. Don't keep waiting for something to land on your feet or for some external factor you don't control to happen, and give you the opportunity you feel you deserve.
I highly recommend you check out my free resources, The Optimized Job Search Schedule, and Masterclass. You can download it now from my website. I created it originally for clients who did not understand the distribution of tasks needed for a successful job search strategy. They thought like many do, that job hunting is bout applying for jobs they see advertised. Nothing is further from the truth! With OJS, you can Create the perfect job search routine to suit your needs, no matter how much (or little) time you have. This way, you can work effectively and efficiently towards your goals.
The link again is here, and you can find a direct link also on this episode's show notes.
I wish you all the best with your career goals and job search.
Ciao for now, and see you next time!