New Year – New Job – How can I prepare myself? By Charlotte Billington – Career Transition Coach
The New Year and the end of our annual holiday is a time where my husband and I reflect and focus on what we want moving forward. What works best for me is to focus on 2 or 3 distinct areas. This could be health, work, exercise, business development, accreditations, courses or other areas. Limiting my goals to 2 or 3 areas provides focus, comfort and ensures they happen.
Having coached people for over 20 years, one area that I have a passion for is helping people move forward following career transition, by finding structure and clarity on what to do next. So today, I will share some tips on how you can achieve your new year career goals and make them happen.
- The very first thing that you need to focus on is your mind. If you can relax, have a positive mindset and work through a planned process, you can be reassured that you will give the goals your full attention. If you need assistance, you could do several things. A) Think this through while being honest with yourself and do whatever you need to get you into the right frame of mind. B) Speak to a coach, counselor or a mentor. C) Look at the module ‘Spring Forward Emotionally’ on www.transitionpeak.com which focuses on getting you in the right mindset.
- Once you are in the best place, similar to the athlete’s top condition, you will be ready to do the work needed. Self-Analysis is the next step. Spend time on this. Time and time again I speak to new clients who have never (ever) had the opportunity to do this. To me Self-Analysis is a critical part of the process. Spend time thinking through your strengths, values and analysing your career to date. This part should take time and reflection; it is a critical step towards career satisfaction. Self-Analysis Module on www.transitionpeak.com is a straight to the point practical exercise book to work this through.
- So, we are in the right place, we have done our self-analysis, what is next? Now is the time to research and learn. It may be that you have a few areas of interest which is fine. Talk to people in the area or areas you are interested in, look at people’s bios on LinkedIn, are there any courses (ideally recommended ones) that you can take? Can you gain some work experience in that area (either within your current company on a project or working with another department?) or on a temporary, or contract basis? Is there a stepping stone job that you could consider that gets you to where you want to be in the long term? Are there industry blogs, magazines, groups you can access? Immerse yourself and use your network to help you. There is so much advice and information out there waiting for you.
- Once you are clearer and knowledgeable, the next stage is to identify job specifications that you may be interested in. Once you have done this you need to make sure that your marketing material (Your CV/LinkedIn) match as closely as possible (whilst remaining honest) to the jobs you are interested in.
- In today’s world, your CV and LinkedIn need to stand out. For assistance on your LinkedIn profile working for you whilst you are asleep to the best of its ability, take a look at LinkedIn Module on www.transitionpeak.com. The CV Module, also found on the website, is excellent, straight to the point and practical. If you find the formatting and layout tricky use their virtual PA Polly Dysterre Clark listed on their Coaches and Experts page. Polly has done a fantastic job of transforming client’s CV’s.
- So, we now have everything in place, what is next? Your search should involve multiple parts and there are ways to enhance it. To enhance your search and to pick up tips from those who have successfully transitioned before, look at Enhance your Career Transition Module from www.transitionpeak.com . It includes lots of tips from using your network, befriending your recruiter through to making a list of your top 10 companies that you want to work for.
As the above suggests – career transition is a journey. You need to work through the steps and in the correct order to ensure your career transition is smooth, thought through and successful.
I wish you all a Happy New Year and an amazing 2019 and please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss any of this further.
Charlotte Billington – Transition Peak