Knowing that you are about to take on a job search can be intimidating. Especially if you have no idea how to approach getting the job that you really want.
As with many things, having a plan focused on your well-defined goal can put you in the best position to be successful.
To find the job that you really want, your plan MUST include identifying with precision what is important to you.
Your ideal job is more than what you do; it’s also achieving the broader goals you seek to accomplish through doing your job.
With a clear goal in mind, you can then set a task list. A successful job search with direction and focused intention will land you the job you want.
Here are 5 Steps to make you feel confident, be prepared, and successfully find the job you really want:
Step 1: Define the Vision of Your Future Job
Your first step is reserving time to independently define what you want in a job and then writing it all down.
If the goal is to find the job that you want, you need to be sure that you are noting the type of work that your new job should include. This work can be what you are competent in doing now or what you are willing and able to learn as part of your career growth.
You may want to stretch yourself with more challenging tasks or more volume of responsibility. Maybe you feel that you are ready for leadership. Or alternatively that you are tired of leading others and now desire a more independent job.
The important part is to focus on what you will enjoy or feel fulfilled in doing.
If it does not fit those criteria, it does not need to be on your list.
Go Layers Deep Into Your Evaluation
Beyond the actual work, it is important to clarify the full work experience that you are seeking.
Your goal is to be aligned with where you work and who your work with, in addition to the job that you do.
Now it may feel foreign to seriously consider and incorporate in your search all that you have defined. You may want to compromise from the beginning and tell yourself that you are asking for too much.
Save the edits for the end; never include them in the beginning.
Start your search with the highest of expectations first before you negotiate against yourself.
Remember your goal. The job you really want. Aiming first at a low target only ensures that you will fall short of reaching your higher goal.
Step 2: Clarify the Reason You Want Your Future Job
Another part of assessing what you want in a job is to consider its purpose for you. Everyone does not go to work for the same reason.
Identifying your “why” can put your strategy for obtaining the job that you want into better focus.
For some, your next job is the next logical step in your career progression. Your goal then may be to gain skills to continue to prepare you for growth in your field.
For others, it may be a strategic move to take a less taxing role, while you work on a degree or certification.
Still, others may have no vested interest in a career but need benefits for your family, schedule flexibility to pursue your passion projects outside of work, or a side-hustle while you get your own business off the ground.
Your “why” will have a direct correlation with your investment of time, energy, and commitment to the job you seek to have.
It will also serve as your motivation to continue employment once you have found the perfect job to meet your needs.
The goal here is to start from the very beginning building your independent reason for working.
You do not want to create imbalanced expectations for your job to fulfill your needs when it wasn’t set up to do so from the beginning.
Know what you are signing up for, and why, before you begin your job search.
Seek jobs that deliver to your needs and ensure yourself a more fulfilling experience by acquiring the job you actually want.
Step 3: Sell Your Best Self to the Job You Want
Now that you have covered all the bases of what you want and why you need to create the tool that you will use to share your story.
Most often a resume is your communication best method. Here you can demonstrate why you are the perfect fit for the job opening that you are applying for.
By putting your resume together well you create a solid story. Extract exactly what you have accomplished in your past that can be useful for your future job.
When clarifying this vision you are now in the best position to speak to your network, respond to job advertisements and participate in an interview with clarity and confidence.
The magic of the resume writing process is in only sharing your skills, education, and accomplishments that reflect what you actually want to do.
Your highlighted accomplishments should only include those experiences that you want to apply in the future.
Employers are looking for talent that can be successful in fixing their problems. If you tell the story of all that you did including the parts that you hated doing, you are essentially selling yourself out of the job that you really want.
Strategically customizing your resume helps direct your future employer to what you want to do now and not just what happened in your past.
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Step 4: Get Your Marketing Team Ready
Now that you have defined your ideal job and you have a tool to share your story, you can build your support team to help you get the job you want.
Engaging your network on your job search is best initiated after you have clarified what you want.
When you are in a better position to explain your needs and wants, you put others in the best position to understand this and repeat it.
Your family, friends, co-workers, and professional contacts can all act as ambassadors for who you are and what you want to do.
And with the perfect job in mind, you are likely to pass this information on with enthusiasm, which they can pass on and assist in marketing you even further.
You also want to prep your network with the added touches about you and your vision that will not be on a resume.
If you would love to work close to home, let them know the radius of your search. If you would like to work flexible hours, let them know your ideal schedule.
Pass on the positive details, what you want to do versus what you do not want to do, so you always have the details of your ideal job experience expressed in a positive way.
Your future job has a marketing strategy to get their job filled successfully. You want to ensure that you also have a marketing strategy to get the job that you want.
Step 5: Focus Your Search On the Ideal Job
Structuring your search is more than talking to your network, but also includes putting yourself out for the world to see.
Job posting boards are useful tools to upload your resume in addition to searching for openings in your area. If you need to be more discreet, you can still be proactive and search job posting boards for jobs and apply directly to them.
Research companies that have the job content that fits your skillset. But also strongly consider the company culture that you need as it can be an important component in finding the job you really want long-term.
When responding to job posts, take time to truly read the advertisements (not just titles) and scan for the finer details that may hit more points on your wants list.
Be open to looking beyond the title, as a perfect job can be hidden behind a poorly titled post.
If connecting with recruiters, whether inside a specific company or an independent, use this person-to-person opportunity to tell details beyond your resume to ensure your customized job preferences are well-defined.
Remember, clarity, enthusiasm, and focus on your goals are the right tools for sharing your story well and getting the job that you want.
If you can envision where you want to be, put it into words that others can understand. Translate your “why” into something others can buy into and you are putting the job you want at hands reach.
Bonus Tip: A Winning Mindset Is Key
Creating a plan for success is important to gaining success, but you have to believe in your plan and that your goal is achievable for you.
Mindset is EVERYTHING on this journey.
Without the proper mindset, you are simply completing tasks on a checklist and half-heartedly wishing for the best.
There is a difference between knowing that you can accomplish your goal or hoping that you can accomplish your goal.
And that difference is the difference between getting the job you want or settling for a job you can get.
Be an active participant in permitting your dreams to be possible by letting your desires be serious expectations in your life.
Your thoughts can become things when you stand in a place of acceptance and gratitude.
Work for yourself and not against yourself and you will see the results of your efforts come together in creating the job opportunity that you seek.
If you are ready to live the life that you prefer to live, then call out what you want, take the inspired actions that lead you toward it, and be ready to receive.
Should We Review Your Action Steps for the Job You Want?
- Define What You Really Want in Your Future Job because you only hit a target you can define and share
- Clarify the Reason You Want Your Future Job to keep motivated for short and long term goals
- Sell Your Best Self to the Job You Want by calling out the version of you that you want to project to your next employer
- Get Your Marketing Team Ready and give them tools and guidance to share your story with clarity
- Focus Your Search on the Ideal Job by using your tools, words and enthusiam to sell yourself well
- Set Your Mind on Your Mission because no one can believe in your goal more than you
Looks like you are ready to activate your plan to get the job that you really want. Follow these steps, take inspired actions through the process, and share in the comments your success story that you will certainly have in the future.
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