Having a great CV is often seen as the most important thing when looking for a new job. While the debate over length, format and content is important, it’s not in my opinion and experience the thing successful jobseekers should think about first!
It’s true that a clear, concise and well presented CV will get you a long way but it won’t go to an interview for you and it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be offered a job.
Success in today’s job market should start first and foremost with the right mindset. Now, to be clear, I’m not talking about positive thinking, or wishful thinking as it’s perhaps better termed. No. Instead I’m talking about the correct frame of mind given your skills, experience and current market conditions.
Picture Sam, recently made redundant and now on the job market. He’s written his CV, sent it off to prospective employers and now has three interviews arranged. He’s ironed his shirt and polished his shoes and is feeling good. He’s sure that given his skills and experience that he’ll probably be offered all of the positions and will be able to pick the one he likes best.
So, Sam heads off to interviews one, two and three and hears back a week later from all of them. To his surprise none result in a second interview, let alone a job offer, and he is back to square one. How do you think Sam feels? Pretty downbeat I expect, he probably questions himself and his abilities, and maybe feels like quitting.
As a professional recruiter, I’ve met lots of people like Sam and while a fictional character here he frequently exists in reality.
The problem is that Sam starts out with unrealistic expectations. Although he begins with a positive mindset this doesn’t last too long and he’ll find it even more difficult now to pick himself up for the next interview.
If Sam had started out with an understanding of the market and the realisation that finding a job would be difficult, he would have been prepared for rejection and it wouldn’t have bothered him. In today’s job market rejection is just part of the process – the successful jobseeker accepts this and moves on, understanding that the next opportunity could be the one.
It all starts with a well researched and thought out business plan, with realistic timescales and committed implementation. Treating your job search as a business detaches the emotion and is more likely to result in success and very likely the job you want far quicker than expected.
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