Accelerate Landing the Right Work Opportunity

“How long will it take me to find the right job?”

This is a question I am often asked by career transition participants. There is a lot of research on this topic; some research even says that it takes one month for every $10,000 a person makes in salary. The truth is the real length of time depends on a variety of factors.

Over the last 20 years, I have helped guide many people in their career search and have discovered two key factors that help people accelerate their job search: 

Relationships -They build relationships unconditionally. When people in their network hear the news of their departure, they reach out and convey interest in helping them find their next work opportunity.

Credibility - They establish their trustworthiness with people. Others know they can count on them 99% of the time. 

In my experience, the majority of people who demonstrate these two factors, even if they are making a six-figure salary, find a job within three weeks. The job search takes longer when the person has not built the relationships that can support them in the job search. 

Beyond these two important factors, it is critical that all departing employees say YES to the career transition/outplacement services offered by their company as quickly as possible. Getting in a move forward mindframe is critical to everything they do in the first 48 hours of being notified of their departure. 

Whether the departure is sudden or a planned reorganization, how they interact with others will make a difference in how fast they find the right type of work role and environment. Most hiring managers consider indications of how someone is interacting during an interview process: Do they show their emotions on their sleeve or do they stand up as a professional? How are they perceived as a contributor? What is their plan of action? How does their family or significant other feel about their situation? An enthusiastic attitude will place a person at the top of an employer’s pool of candidates.

Once they start working with a career transition consultant, it is important to do the following:

  • Understand the career search process at this time in life.
  • Gain control of emotions about the departure as well as the future.
  • Complete a thorough assessment of who they are, what they want to do and where they want to contribute.
  • Know how to communicate their message about the departure and consistently share it with others. 
  • Create vision and mission statements and identify core values.
  • Engage a personal board of directors to help achieve  career/life goals for the immediate and long-term.
  • View themselves as the CEO of their new company ME, Inc. and drive this business.
  • Develop collateral materials to include a resume, bio, and all applicable social media tools.
  • Determine a multi-marketing strategy to include a written plan with quantifiable results.
  • Meet with a career consultant often as well as the board of directors.
  • Be flexible and ready to change their strategy.
  • Keep learning by reading the most current books and publications.
  • Expand relationships by connecting with old relationships and building new relationships.
  • Volunteer for at least one professional and charitable organization. 
  • Value each person you meet no matter the role they have in life.
  • Celebrate milestones.
  • Maintain the relationship momentum by staying in touch with people when you don’t need them.

Engaging with a career consultant and keeping a positive attitude, as well as continuously building relationships and trust, will help any candidate achieve their career goals quickly. 

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  1. Jennifer Sample's avatar
    Jennifer Sample
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    These points on working with a career transition coach are on target and thought-provoking. Good advice to retain when you land the right position!

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