Day Three | Tuesday | Your Short and Long Term Strategy
Today is the most important day of your job search. Today, you are going to focus on determining your short and long-term job transition strategies.
Mid-Career Dilemma – If you are like most mid-career professionals, you have most likely changed paths many times during your career. You have also held a number of different positions. Now that you are in job transition, you will need to make a serious assessment of your work experience and qualifications and develop an effective job search strategy. You will need to determine what job that you are most qualified to fill. Making this assessment will shorten your job search by many weeks.
First, let’s define two terms:
Short Term Strategy: Based upon your most current position, formal education, continuing education, any certifications and other specific hard skills, determine what position you are most qualified to fill. Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for specific experience and qualifications from candidates to fill their open positions. The closer you come to meeting their requirements, the better chance you will have in obtaining an interview.
Long Term Strategy: If you are not interested in pursuing a position like the one you left or if you are considering changing careers, determine what your long-term (one to three year) goal will be. Perform a Google search to find resumes of candidates that currently hold this position. Review the qualifications, education, certifications, professional organizations, interest groups and target companies associated with those candidates. This is your competition.
If your short-term and long-term strategies are the same, great. Your job search will be very targeted. If not, the first milestone in achieving your long-term strategy is to achieve your short-term strategy. Why? Several reasons. The financial pressures of finding a new job are daunting. It is difficult to dream about what you want to do with the rest of your life and figure out how to pay the mortgage at the same time. My suggestion is to get back into the workforce and them work on your long-term strategy when the financial pressures are off.
Once you have decided on your long-term career goal, determine what hard skills you will have to develop in order to meet the qualifications of this new position. Make a list of the milestones that you will have to meet and the timeline for meeting those milestones.
Join the professional organizations associated with that role and begin to network with the professional in that field. Build your LinkedIn network with people of that professional. Join and participate in LinkedIn groups. If certifications are required for the position, start the process of obtaining the proper certifications.
You are taking a major step in actively planning your career. Most people take more time in planning their vacations.
Once you have determined the exact position you are seeking, you are going to feel a lot better. Planning a definite course is half the battle in your job search. Job seekers whose job search is a mile deep and a foot wide find jobs much quicker than those who are a mile wide and a foot deep.
It’s been a long day. Relax.
A point in every direction is the same as no point at all. – Harry Nilsson, The Point!
Ken Lazar, Principal
Ability Professional Network, LLC
Recruiting Sales and Business Development Professionals