These 9 Job search tips will help you and make you successful professional in your career. When most successful professionals think of their career they often think in terms of their qualifications, training, experience and the opportunities that progress in these will bring, as long as they have made the right choice of company within which this will happen.
1. Follow your passion
Don’t be concerned, especially during your job search, if you do not have a formal career plan. Although most of us imagine that successful people are driven by a career plan, recent interviews with top achievers have shown that this is not mostly the case. What these job search high achievers have in common though is that they are driven by a challenge, or learning, or both.
Another common factor for success is to be true to yourself, and this is where the flexibility to change roles within an organisation is so important. You may need to move around to find that niche in which your personal goals become aligned with company goals. When this becomes a reality, then those around you will also feed off your positive motives which will show through, and the subconscious affect will be very positive.
2. Be pro-active
You will need to seize opportunities and actively seek them out. Earlier we talked about the increase in flexibility that organisations are allowing their staff to develop their careers. The other and slightly negative side to this is that you are far less likely to be looked after than in previous years, and the days of being offered promotion as and when your experience and length of service would place you next in turn are far less likely than they once were.
3. Grasp opportunities
It hardly needs saying that you will actually need to grasp those opportunities, but if your personal goals are aligned with those of the organisation, you will want to take on the challenges that promotion will offer you. Don’t be cynical about volunteering. Do raise your head above the parapet and make your willingness to accept progression clear to your line managers, and the right decision makers.
4. Engage in politics
I am going to call politics the ability of high flying employees to (without necessarily realising fully what they are doing, or to themselves call it “politics”), recognise those in the organisation who yield the power and influence to further their careers. This is best done through contact made during projects and obviously includes developing good relationships through your contact through normal duties with higher levels of management. This is positive politics. Do not view it, and do not use it as knife-in the back politics, which it should never be.
5. Be visible
You will not be offered opportunities unless you are in the right place at the right time. Some choose deliberately to work at head office. Others rise through regional and branch offices, but make sure they remain visible by their use of politics, and by sheer skill and effort in producing remarkable results which in themselves create the visibility you will need.
6. Use personal networking
To most of us it comes naturally, but is still worth mentioning her. Treat your colleagues well, and as you would hope to be treated. Do assist less senior staff in their work. Do take on specialist expert roles, become involved in office working groups and committees, and make yourself available to colleagues who may need assistance in their decision making. OK, this may take up some of your time, and reduce your performance in core work to some extent, but, those you help will usually work more effectively after assistance is given, especially if they are part of your team, and become far more likely to support you in your promotion, when needed.
7. Build and share expertise
This is particularly important to those whose vocation is in the technical field and who do not seek management posts to rise within an organisation. Immerse yourself fully in all technical aspects of your chosen subject. Use to the fullest the willingness of most enlightened companies to provide you with training. Use politics and personal networking to build your reputation as an expert within your specialist area, if you can excel in what you do, publish papers and publicise your standing both within the company and within the professional organisations to which you will hold memberships and present you research.
8. Risk taking
This will come naturally if you are following your passion, but do be calculating and do use all possible political and personal networking skills to weigh the risks in say starting a new product section of the organisation. Be sure to understand the relative merits of the upside, alongside the downside if somehow you fail. Handle things well and even a less than successful outcome can be put to your own advantage in most circumstances, and generally your commitment to sensible risk taking in connection with new ventures will count very highly in your favour.
9. Personal image
All of the above will build over time to become your personal image, both as you see yourself and others see you within the organisation: your reputation. As you rise within the company structure no matter whether you be a manager, or a technical expert just about the most important aspect of your reputation will be your reputation to deliver. To deliver what you promise, when you promise it, and within allocated resources, time and cost. Your ability to deliver will underpin all your other efforts combined, and you will be a success story attracting those around you to follow you.
So, job search may be your quest today, do your searching with energy and drive. Never forget the enormous opportunities that lay ahead in employment, to build your own life-experience, achieve wealth and fulfilment, and “make a difference”.