I was talking to a young executive recently who had just gone through what could have been a traumatic experience. He had accepted a job in the Netherlands and moved his whole family lock, stock and barrel to Amsterdam. Six months later his new employer threw in the towel and made the whole workforce redundant. He had the option to move back to the US; but he and his wife had fallen in love with their new lifestyle and wanted their children to continue to experience it.
As main breadwinner he gave himself a further four months to land a new job, a lofty ambition in the Netherlands current economic climate. When I spoke to him, however, he had already reached his goal, and I really wanted to know how he had done it. His secret was that he treated looking for work as a full time job and made the whole exercise into a project, planning his strategy and calling in the people who could help him reach the companies he really wanted to work for.
To make your CV and LinkedIn profile stand out its important to show that you don’t just do a job, you achieve results. Take some time to look back over your career and recognize what you have achieved in each role. Try to make it a concrete achievement such as;
- Implemented a €xxx cost saving program by …………..
- Achieved consistent sales of €xxx per quarter
- Assisted in the launch of 2 new cosmetics lines; my role was ……………..
- Responsible for producing monthly inhouse magazine with distribution to xxxx employees….,.
Don’t waste space on unnecessary wording such as “10 years experience”, or “successful negotiator” without backing them up with concrete examples.
Look at every prospective employer’s business with a critical eye. Check their website, their social media feeds, see what comes up when you do internet searches. Go along and check out the building. Get to know them, and find out where you could add benefit to the organization. Do this whether you are applying for a job as the CEO, or the cleaner. Once you are certain that your skills can help them solve a problem then tell them. Tell them in your motivation letter, in your interview and don’t forget to keep telling them once you have the job. Know that your strengths and skills are a valuable asset to the organization.
Knowing where the jobs are is crucial. Build your network in the industry branch you want to work in, and in the geographical location you want to be in. Invest time in this, you won’t regret it. Contact people in your network; you don’t have to ask them directly for a job, that may make them feel uncomfortable, but you can ask them if they have connections who could help you to a job in the area you want to work in. Use your network to understand which companies are hiring, and what sort of people they are looking for. Keep telling people what sort of job you are looking for, and why you really want to do that work. Let your network help you into the next job, you don’t hve to do this alone.
If you are currently looking to move onto the next stage in your career and you are not sure where to start, simply get in touch, and lets see what we can do together to help you on your way.