Even if your most recent career transition and job search was a few short years ago, the rules have changed and few have the new playbook. There are newly released job search engines, professional associations, job posting consolidators and networking sites seemingly introduced every month. Replying to job postings yields a mere fraction of the success that it once did and the career transition services market has become an increasingly cluttered path of endless pitches and solutions. While we may be in a strong job market currently, the average management level search can take several months or more.
Crafting a personal career transition plan takes time, whether you’re currently employed or have already hit the active market, go-it-alone job searchers can waste valuable time learning how to navigate this new landscape. Many are lured into using “career shrinks”, attending pink slip conferences, engaging overpriced employment recruiters, or entrusting high-volume outplacement agencies. At Leading Principals, we know there is a better approach.
Whether you’re thinking about a job change or actively searching for your next opportunity, you need a plan that will expedite results.
In today’s job search, your success will come down to three things:
- Brand Identity – The most successful professionals have established a personal brand. If you lack confidence or consistency presenting yourself through all communication channels, you are likely to face challenges in conveying yourself well to the market.
- Social Media Strategy – Yes, search professionals are looking at everything available online, professional AND personal. Are you certain your brand is aligned on all mediums?
- Networking Approach – The single highest probability of landing the next great chapter in your professional life starts here. Engage it with intent to target elite companies. If you’re an early career professional this is highly important, and for those of you in leadership positions, it becomes vital.
After connecting with leaders on nearly a thousand successful engagements, I have some parting advice:
- Don’t accept average. Your job search should be approached individually with a distinct strategy that leverages your value and network to uncover great opportunities.
- Speed and delivery count. Your message must be exact and easy to consume or search professionals and business leaders will move on.
- Take care of your network. Building, expanding and engaging your network should be done with intent, but also with absolute respect. They are the most valuable resource you have in your current search and will help to position you well for future opportunities.
Do your homework before listening to the noise and find an expert who has the new playbook and can guide you through this journey. Reach out to us…we can help.
The good news is, your timing is great. It’s hard to imagine the current job market getting any better!