Beginning your job search

Beginning your job search

Beginning your job search – if you are just starting your job search this is what should you keep in mind?

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – order on Amazon

Beginning your job search is a challenge; here is some advice to help you. Remember all interesting journeys start with just one step. And I believe your first step should be made with attitude.

Be open to possibilities.

Most job seekers look for a new job similar to the one they just left. This makes sense in lots of ways. Among other things, we tend to define ourselves by the work we do. So it is understandable that the kind of work we look for is the kind of work we have done. But starting out with this approach is a little self-limiting. This might just be the time to consider something new! Take a little time to think about all the possibilities and don’t be afraid to dream a little.

The skill set you have may meet the requirements for a number of roles. What about opportunities for self-employment? Or you may wish to use some of this time to add to your skill set through training, developing a hobby or some kind voluntary work. You’d be surprised how many free courses there are online. Have a look at Coursera, Edx or Future Learn

Be prepared to make a big commitment.

Successful job search takes time. Among other things, if you want to win a job today, you need to invest energy into lots and lots of research. For example, you need to do your homework on potential employers. Find out what is happening in their marketplace and who are the key players. Also, if you want to tap into the hidden job market (those vacancies that are never advertised) you need to network, network, and network. Preparing your job search tools, for example, your CV takes time and attention. So devote as much time as you can. If you out of work, then make job search your full-time commitment. Plan each day as you would in the office. Find space at home to dedicate to your search if you don’t have the luxury of a home office. Make it pleasant but keep it work-related.

Be prepared to deal with rejection.

Getting the right job usually means bouncing back from lots of near misses. Your need to develop resilience – there is a post at this link that should help.The secret is to learn from each experience. Occasionally, you will need to accept that decisions are not wholly reasonable or fair. It is best to take none of it too personally. Yes, sometimes you don’t get a job because you made a mess of the interview. Accept that and resolve to do better next time. If you were well fitted for a role you didn’t get, then see it as their loss, not yours. Above all move on. There will be other roles and new possibilities to consider.

Beginning your job search – other resources to help you

If you have been out of the job market for a while, there will be new techniques to learn and some you need to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing them at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips on this blog, Try this link.”

Beginning your job search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

You can find more help for your job search in the “The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters.” Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; .

Remember working with a career coach can really help your job search. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype. Meanwhile I wish you every success in your job search.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at


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