Want to change jobs? Are you clear on what you want to do?

Anthony Haynes writes: As we explained in a previous post, we frequently receive requests for careers coaching. Our solution is to partner with an expert careers coach — Denise Taylor, founder of Amazing People (www.amazingpeople.co.uk), is an expert careers coach. Here we’re pleased to publish our second blog post from Denise.


Denise Taylor

It’s always easiest to get a job when the job you seek is one that is similar to, or a step on from, where you currently are.

Talent management services help you best when you are clear on your target job.

But sometimes you aren’t sure what you want to do. You want a change, but what?

This is where specialist career coaching can help. It takes you a step back from searching for jobs in order to get clear on why you want to make the change, what you could do, and how to best present yourself.

Here are 7 steps to help you get clear on what you want:

  1. Look at what’s going wrong in your current job – what is it that you don’t like any more and want less of, or to avoid completely? It could be the workload: it’s too much, or not enough — you’re bored. Or it may be your manager: you’re being micro-managed or not being supported or developed. You may want to move home — or you already have and the travel to work distance is too much.
  2. What are you good at? What are your strengths? What aspects of your background and experience will interest a new employer? Make sure you are clear on what you are good at and want more of, but also what you dislike doing and want to avoid or do less of. You would want to downplay this on your CV.
  3. Be clear on your top abilities – not just the skills you have gained, but your deeper underlying ability. The best way to identify is via a specialist assessment, such as the Highlands Ability Battery.
  4. Where do you see your future? Are you looking to move to a broader role or to become the expert in an area? Seeking to aim for the top – you want to be a director? Are you considering a career break or want to be able to work part-time? Being clear on the longer term helps make sure that your next step is a step in the right direction.
  5. Look at the wider job market. There are so many jobs, and different job titles, that no one can know of every job. Even just in a single field, such as finance, there are many options out there. That’s when it is worth looking at the advertised job market to get some ideas — but don’t get sucked into applying till you have focused your CV and LinkedIn profile.
  6. Build your confidence. You need to be confident in your ability to get the job and sometimes a difficult boss or a challenging work assignment has knocked your confidence. A reminder of your strengths will help in this area. Your coach can help you to spot your strengths and know how best to describe them at interview.
  7. Talk with people – you can only do so much research online. You then need to talk with people – short fact-finding interviews will get you clear on what a job involves, will help your application and will get you contacts who may know someone to help you get to interview.

Denise Taylor is an award-winning career psychologist who specialises in cutting-edge and innovative career coaching. Her books include Getting the job you want

Read more about Denise at www.the50pluscoach.co.uk


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