Sometimes there are more job search opportunities than you realise, if only you do some research to get the ball going. There is great value in having an idea of where your career is going, but exactly how do you go about doing that?
One of the first questions I ask during a consultation session with a new client usually is:
“CV, money, and job applications aside, what do you want to do for a living?”
Cue nervous laughter, because most of us are stuck in the hamster wheel mindset. Finding a job to get more money to pay for things so we can go to work, etc. We don’t buy into the whole ‘do what you love and never work a day’ idea anymore. We know the economy is tough and work is hard to find, but sadly most people never get any real satisfaction from their job. What I want to find out and want to see from my clients is where their faces light up. I want to know where does their passion lie. Where can they bring that passion into their job search? Maybe you need to look in different industries. Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to look in an area where your skills overlap with your passions.
One of the most straightforward and systematic approaches to identifying your next move is to answer a series of questions to narrow things down. Think of it as a pyramid, with question #1 as the bottom foundational piece, and question #7 as the final piece of the puzzle.
This post is Lesson 1 from Module 1 out of my Write a Modern CV Bootcamp that you can find in the shop.
For each question in the lessons inside this module, brainstorm as many ideas as you can. Create a list of whatever happens to come to mind. Jot down thoughts on a giant piece of poster paper with coloured pens. Set a timer for 5—15 minutes for each question. Contain your thought process and don’t daydream. Remember, there are no wrong answers.
If you want more information about the questions, you can find them in the Worksheet Questions 1-7 as part of Write a Modern CV Bootcamp.
Questions #1—3 are all about focusing on you and is found in Lesson 2. Questions #4—7 are about shifting the focus away from you and toward your ideal workplace; you can find them in Lesson 4.
Lastly, it is essential not to skip any of these questions! Even if you think you know the answer in your head, make a point of writing down your answers on paper. You might be surprised at some of the things that come up for you. Once you’ve answered each question with the brainstorming lists, you can go back through each one and pull out the most significant pieces. You could, for example, choose 3—5 points from your answers to each of the questions.