How to prepare for your next role
- Analyse and document your Key attributes/strengths (a)
- List your most satisfying roles and note why they satisfied (b)
- List your keen interests (c)
- Link (a) (b) (c) to identify likely industries, jobs, remuneration scales
- Research industry sectors and identify target companies
- Research jobs boards i.e. SEEK, Jora and LinkedIn to see who is advertising the type of role you are seeking
- Have a daily work plan of job search and networking activities including breaks
- Be energised, focussed, informed and positive
The power of networking
Networking is contacting people who know YOU – not making contact without referral to people you do not know.
People who know you are more likely to make a recommendation/referral on your behalf which will carry much more weight as they are better informed.
Networking has long been a core business skill and should not be neglected as communications become more digital. The principles remain the same; it is about cultivating social and professional relationships to further your business or career. Whether that is online, in work or through hobbies and extracurricular activities. The prospect of putting yourself out there can be daunting for some, but it does not have to be. LinkedIn is an option. Think of it as a digital form of exchanging business cards with someone. While the ability to network is key to building a list of valuable contacts, the ability to reach out and turn to those contacts when you need to is what ultimately, makes connections worthwhile.
Keep in touch with influential people you may know in your industry and try to organise coffee catch-ups every so often. Reach out to businesses that you genuinely wish to be a part of, even when they are not hiring and make direct connections so that they think of you when they have their next vacancy. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
How to stand out from the crowd
Firstly, be yourself. Exude confidence in who you are without sounding too big for your own shoes. Highlight how you lead from the front and are an example; how you motivate others to follow your way. Make statements that are objective, highlighting group and individual achievements – employers want to know what you will bring both individually and collectively.
- Be prepared
- Show genuine enthusiasm/positive body language
- Ask (insightful) questions to demonstrate your knowledge of the job/industry/company
Interview do’s and don’ts
- Look smart. Appear as you would in the role.
- Know your prospective employers product, market positioning and opportunities/fall backs in the industry.
- Come armed with examples that demonstrate you passion for the industry.
- Ask what the key expectations and what you would need to do to be successful in the role.
- Ask what key competencies are required
- Talk over someone.
- Go off topic. Keep answers succinct.
What employers are looking for
Passion for the industry that the company is in. This is a first. Now more than ever, businesses will look for increased versatility, presence, engagement and at times being open to accept a lower salary, as they will focus on the bottom line of the business. It is therefore important that as a candidate – you can demonstrate your commercial awareness and the ability to deliver results to your next prospective employer.
No matter how well qualified or experienced you are ultimately the hiring decision is subjective. In other words, the hiring decision is ultimately based on how the hirer “feels” you will fit in, work with the team, get on with your new manager so he’s a few tips:
- Make an initial impression – be aware the impression you make in the first 2 minutes of meeting will set the tone of the interview
- Articulate – speak clearly, confidently with little pausing between answers. Your written and verbal ability is a powerful tool – use it
- Don’t sell or promote – let your personality shine through, assume a confident pose by looking directly at the interviewer. Be ready to talk about your key attributes and areas where you believe you require further development. A Key tip here is to think “ why would someone hire me”
- Politeness – engage the interviewer in “ice breaker” conversation, thank the interview for the meeting on greeting, ask how much time is allowed for the interview and for an indication of the key hiring criteria needed to be successful. Depending on this answer you can arrange your thoughts to address key points.
- Inform – Do your research on the Employers Company, products or service and be prepared to share your observations. Use your information and knowledge wisely by asking informed questions – not making statements
- Showcase Motivation – have a pen and pad with you, sit forward with hands on the desk/table – no sitting back or folded arms. Before concluding the interview ask if you have addressed all of the interviewer’s points, ask what is the next stage of the hiring process and thank the interviewer for their time. Your goal in the interview is to be the successful candidate – then you can decide if you want to accept the role.