Welcome to Careering.
This system has been designed to provide you with everything you need to know in order to find your next role in the quickest possible time. Developed by a coach accredited by the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), Careering is as close as you will get to having your very own personal career coach. Consider Careering as your secret job search weapon.
How the course works
There is a lot of information in Careering, so much so it took us almost 10 months to complete it all. To help you find what you need, each section has been broken down into distinct topics to make it easier to understand and digest. In addition, each section has a search window, to help you find what you need quickly.
Below is a picture of the search window you will see on the right hand side of every page below the sidebar menu.
Careering contains ten other sections, which you will see to the right of your screen.
Included in each section you will find:
1. I will provide an introduction to the section and list the things you REALLY should pay attention to.
2. You’ll be asked to do reading, maybe watch a video, work through an exercise, download information and apply what you’ve learnt. Contained within each section you will find detailed information explaining what you need to do and how you need to do it! Whilst it’s interesting to read this information, the value to you comes when you apply it to your situation. The more you use this information in a proactive way, the more you will get out of it. At the end of each section you’ll find an Action Plan to ensure you get the best out of the section.
Understand the job search process
First things first
If you are keen to start, go on and have a quick look through everything, then once you have viewed the content topics and the layout come back here and learn a bit more before you start.
Everyone has chosen to use Careering with a different goal in mind, so to accommodate that there are two options for your path forward.
1. You can work through each section in a linear fashion, starting at self and skills inventory and ending up at job success. This is the most effective approach if you have the time to spend.
2. If you are in a rush, or have a specific need, such as a job you need to apply for, or an interview you need to attend, then jump ahead to the section that provides the information in that area.
Before you start – 3 points to consider
Regardless of whether you’re in or out of work; looking for a new role will take time. How you approach this time will greatly impact your experience of the job search process. As a career coach, I encourage you to consider the following three points.
1. When looking for a role. Be realistic about how long the process is likely to take.
Set realistic time frames for finding a new role and communicate this with friends and family. This is important not only for yourself, but also for others around you to understand the possible duration of the process.
Many factors impact the duration of a job search including age, qualifications, industry, job role, location, skill level and salary expectations to name a few. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2013 the older you are, the longer it will take to find a new position. On average it is likely to take someone aged 15- 19 years old less than four months to find a role, whilst someone aged between 45 – 55 years is likely to spend up to a year job searching. The news is more bleak for someone over 60. They are likely to be looking for a more than 18 months before they find a new role.
Don’t freak out when you read this, these statistics are only an average. With an effective job search strategy, job search skills and confidence these time frames are unlikely to apply to you.
2. Agree how much time you are going to allocate to your job search or career transition. It is important you build in routine whilst not allowing the job search process to become all-consuming.
Whilst there is no set fast rule, if you are not working, I advise one of two options.
- Allocate three full days during the working week for finding a new position, the other two days allocate to yourself and family.
- Work hard job searching from the morning until roughly 2-3pm each day, then enjoy the rest of the afternoon for areas of interest to you.
If you are an organised person, you are likely to settle into a routine quickly. If you are less organised, my advice would be to create lists at the end of each day for the following day. Prioritise your activities based on what will make the biggest difference to the outcome of your job search, then tackle those things first. These activities may not be what you are most comfortable with however, if you want comfort, sit in an armchair and read a book. If you want a new job, do what will get the fastest result!
As an example, there is no point sending out 20 standard resumes to jobs you are half-hearted about. Rather spend your time crafting a brilliant targeted resume for a job you really want. Similarly, rather than sending a follow up email to a recruiter for a job you haven’t had feedback from, get on the phone and sell yourself into an interview with them. Moving out of your comfort zone is the quickest way to develop skill and confidence plus it means you will find a new job quicker. Guaranteed!
3. The transition process will come to an end at some point.
It is important you are able to reflect on your job search time proudly. Consider what you would like to achieve during this transition period. Consider all aspects of your life such as personal development, learning new skills, family, involvement in your children’s school, creative activities, sport, religion, hobbies, friends, cooking, relaxation techniques and community. Give this serious thought, then write down what you want to proudly look back at having achieved during this period, other than finding a great new job.
Now start Careering ahead!