Finding A New Job Quickly

Today's working environment is unpredictable. Economic downturns
can arrive at any moment. Redundancy can swiftly follow. No-one
is fully immune, and severance payoffs do not last for ever.

If you found yourself in that situation tomorrow could you cope?
If you had to find yourself another job quickly in order to pay
the bills, could you do it?

Here are the steps to follow.

1.Identify Your Skills  2.Analyse Your List  3.Identify The Job
Sources  4.Take Action

1.Identify Your Skills

Think hard about what you are good at, and about what you enjoy.
Since you usually enjoy what you do well, the two are often the
same. Think back over your career to date and dig deep into the
experiences you have had and the skills you have acquired.

List them all on paper. Leave nothing out. Be as objective and
honest as you can. Don't put something down just because you
think it is what you need in today's employment market place.
Only put it down if it is a skill that you have here and now.
Don't forget, you are looking here at how to get a job quickly.
You are not planning your long term training needs.

Think in terms of three main divisions of skill and divide up
your list accordingly.

Firstly there are physical skills.

These are skills of aptitude, of working with your hands,
manipulative skills, mechanical skills. These are skills
required in a wide range of manual and hands-on jobs. Sometimes
these skills have been acquired by way of a hobby rather than
paid employment, but a hobby that can at some stage become the
grounding for a new career doing something that you really
enjoy. Don't ignore these leisure-acquired skills.

Secondly there are knowledge based skills.

These are academic skills gained by formal study. These are
skills gained as a result of book learning and training courses.
These are specific technical skills related to a particular
function. This is specialist knowledge absorbed as a result of
working in a particular industry.

Thirdly there are people skills.

These are the team skills, the relational skills, the ability to
get on with and work with other people. These are the skills of
management. The skills of leading a team, the skills of winning
arguments and convincing others.

2.Analyse Your List.

Now look at your list. See where you strengths lie. Think what
you would like to do using those strengths. Decide on the job
you would like using those strengths.

Be honest. Once again you must remember that your objective is
to get another job in the shortest possible delay. Don't base
your hopes on skills you would like to have. Plan on using what
you already have.

If your main skills are manual, base your plans on this. If you
are more suited to a technical analytical job, go in this
direction. If your aptitudes lie towards managing people and
getting the best from a team, steer yourself that way. Play to
your strengths.

3.Identify the sources

The easiest way to find jobs these days is on the internet. Just
enter 'job site' or 'employment agency' or 'job search' into
your search engine and see what you get. Your problem will be
restricting the results to a manageable size. Limit your
research by country or city or industry as appropriate in order
to cut it down.

If you have a particular company in mind look on its web site if
it has one. Companies often advertise vacancies there.

Look too at the principal newspapers of the geographic region in
which you are looking. Again this could be country or it could
be city. They can be a good source.

Finally there are your local agencies at which you can enrol.

4.Take Action.

This is when it all comes together.

Put your CV onto as many online jobsites as you can. It will be
found by potential employers who will then come to you. This
puts your name and qualifications up before a large number of
employers quickly and easily.

Search the sites and newspapers and apply to as many job offers
as meet your criteria. Adapt your CV to suit each application
emphasising the particular skills and experience requested. Play
the numbers game. If it looks suitable - apply. (But don't waste
your time on jobs that don't fit your qualities).

Don't be afraid to send out speculative letters to companies you
like. You can often strike lucky, and your application is more
likely to be seen when writing in this way.

Above all, keep going. Don't give up. By knowing exactly what
you are looking for and targeting your applications you stand a
good chance of success.

In conclusion.

If you have not yet been forced to look for a new job it would
not do you any harm to carry out the exercise of examining your
skills. You will at least be forearmed should the need arise.

If you have lost your previous job, try to look on your
situation as an opportunity rather than a disaster. This could
be your chance to set out again in the direction you really want
to go instead of carrying on indefinitely stuck in the rut into
which you previously fell more by accident than design.

Finding A New Job Quickly. by Arthur Cooper (c) Copyright 2005

About the author:: Arthur Cooper is a consultant, writer and publisher. For his
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