Do You Really Want That Job?

By Denise Taylor

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Do you really want that job?

A possible client called yesterday and  asked me that as it is two years since he worked in his desired career path, does this mean that he will never get back to doing the job he wants?

It depends.

Like many, this person had been made redundant and after a few months of not getting a job in his desired field he took on a different job; it took him time to get to grips with this new job and a year had gone by before he started looking for a job back in his specific branch of HR.  Since then he has applied for many jobs and has yet to get shortlisted.

He is now concerned.

So I asked him what he has been doing to get a job in his desired field.

  • He is registered with agencies
  • He is making applications online

And that's it.

He is not doing anything about building contacts and finding out more about potential openings.

Asking him to be honest he said that some weeks he is spending about 5 hours a week on job search, but some weeks he doesn't do anything.

Some of this is down to motivation, and it can be hard to keep ourselves motivated without support. It's similar to losing weight or getting fit, you could do it on your own, or you could go to a weight loss club or see a personal trainer, both would help. And so working with a career and job search coach can help.

What will help if you really want that job?

I'm not sure if we will work together, but what I've suggested to him is that

  • He reviews and improves his CV/ application approach. It needs to be more focused on his achievements and with clear examples related to the job he wants and to include examples from his current job that relates to the job he wants.
  • He enhances his CV by demonstrating he is keeping up to date on his professional area, such as getting qualified, doing short courses, attending professional meetings, reading journals and writing reviews on Amazon of business books.  The later will also enhance his online profile.
  • He gets an online presence, he still isn't using LinkedIn and my eBook How to use LinkedIn to Find a New Job will help. Being on LinkedIn is vital for both research and for job search.
  • He increases the amount of time he spends on job hunting. He could do this by getting up an hour earlier and doing an hour each evening, this could double the amount of time he is spending on job search.

Finally he decides if he actually wants to return to his desired field.

If he is comfortable where he is then he won't have the impetus to really give as much as it takes to get a new job. He really has to want the new job.

It would be easier (I don't mean easy) if he really disliked the job he was doing or didn't have a job.

Then he has the pain to escape from, so now he has to concentrate on the pleasure he will get from being successful and to make sure that every day he is doing something that moves him slightly towards his goal.


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