When summer ends, we take up all those projects that we put aside for after the holidays. Being able to take advantage of this time can be a big plus when it comes to finding a job, or quitting one that isn’t satisfying.
I want to share a five-step plan to help you in your job search and bring success. We’ll begin this first post by asking what your ideal job is.
To describe it, apply the ‘5W Method’:
· Why do you want to find a new job?
· What do you want to do?
· Who do you want to work with?
· When do want to work?
· Where do you want to work?
Be precise. “Flexible working hours” sounds good, but what does it really mean to you? For example, if you need to pick up your children two days a week, or come to work later because you have to drop them off at school, make a note of this.
The more precise your description is, the better you can narrow down your search. A description like “work little and get paid a lot” is not appropriate.
If during a job interview you ask concrete questions, you will be demonstrating two things: that you have judgment and that you’re concerned about doing your job correctly. You might think that asking questions can work against you. But if it turns out that, once you begin the job, you can’t take your kids to school, how will you feel? You will end up asking for a favor instead of already having a set agreement.
When you have that list finished in detail, it’s time to order it. Are all the elements compatible? With very few exceptions, there are no part-time jobs that are paid as if they were full-time. Revise the list and make sure there is nothing like this on it. If there is, reconsider it.
Now you have a full, detailed and realistic list. Just one more thing: prioritize. In other words, what are you willing to give up and to what degree?
Let’s admit it: the ideal job doesn’t exist. No matter how much you like your job, nobody gets up 365 days a year wishing to go to work. There will be times when you don’t feel like it. And when you begin to compare your list with the job market, you’ll probably see that no offer is a 100% fit. Think about which aspects you’re willing to adapt to and which ones you don’t want to change under any circumstances (it could be the travel time to work, the amount of time spent away from home, etc.). Keep in mind that you need to be flexible and adapt to the company and your surroundings. Are you willing to leave work later so as to make up for that morning time? Will you accept a job by shifts? Think it over carefully.
Once you finish all this, you’ll have a list that’s complete, detailed, realistic and prioritized (and it’s important that it all be written down). Things are beginning to take shape.
In my next post I’ll talk about step 2: “Mind the gap”.
Carlos Gil Escartin