10 Steps to your new job Tips for mature aged job seekers Jenni Proctor Career and Retirement Consultant http://RedesignRetirement.com.au http://CareerClarity.com.au http://JenniProctor.com/ http://ClarityCareerManagement.com.au/
1. Listen to yourself• What are you trying to achieve?• What’s stopping you? – Are those barriers real or imagined?• What do you REALLY want to do?
2. Reality Check• What really matters to you? – What do you do really well? – What have you loved doing? – What have you hated doing? – What environments impact on your work?• What MUST be considered? – Create a list of your “non-negotiables”• What’s really stopping you?
3. Research• What is out there? – Jobs that are being advertised – Industries and companies you know – Use your network
4. Be Smooth!• SMOOTH transition – What are the links? – Same work, different context – Same context, different work – Different work, different context, same skills – What is the point of chasing a job where you clearly aren’t what they want?
5. Goal setting• What are your long-term goals?• What are your short-term goals?• Set SMART goals – Specific – Measureable – Actionable – Realistic – Time-bound
6. Identify what you are offering• Transferable skills eg communication, teamwork, problem solving, technology skills• Personal traits eg leadership, drive, energy, empathy which have been demonstrated• ACHIEVEMENTS!
7. Take action• Nothing happens until you do something about it!• Tips for Action: – SMART goals, clearly displayed, looked at daily – Clear direction and certainty that it is the right path – Support• Pain – What will your life be like in 5 years time if you FAIL to take action now?
8. Self-marketing: Your Résumé• Achievement focus rather than responsibilities – Strong verbs e.g. Managed, Created, Organised• Prime real estate on first page• Clear Career Summary at the beginning• Sometimes statement of skills• How long should it be?• How far back should you go?
8. Self-marketing: Your cover letter• Grab their interest• Can create the bridge• Opportunity to reiterate key pointsAny self-marketing or correspondence• No typos, no spelling mistakes, no grammatical errors
9. Interviews• Ageless – You are being interviewed by an individual not a generation!• Dress to impress – Your age is obvious so don’t try to look 35! – Smart, contemporary, appropriate for the work• Language – Don’t date yourself through things you say• Technology – Ensure that you have the required understanding and language
10. Resilience• Dealing with the inevitable – Setbacks – Barriers – Personal doubts – Fear• How will you maintain – your motivation? – your positive mind set? – your focus?• There is no shame in seeking some help.
Jenni ProctorCareer and Retirement Consultant http://RedesignRetirement.com.au http://CareerClarity.com.au http://JenniProctor.com/ http://ClarityCareerManagement.com.au/