HOW TO START A NEW CAREER
In today's world most people realize that jobs are not for life anymore. People are more mobile and much more likely to change jobs every few years and even careers a number of times throughout their lives. And it is increasingly common that we may also find that we need to change jobs because of retrenchments, redundancies and closures. Having confidence in your skills and experience and your ability to deal with the challenges of starting over can give you a greater sense of confidence about your career, and whatever life brings your way.
Get support. Surround yourself with family and friends and let them know your situation. Stay in contact with those you care about and continue your usual social activities. Although you might not feel like it, now is not the time to avoid people or stop socializing. Your support crew will help you to stay motivated and positive and they’ll keep their eyes open for opportunities for you.
It’s not about you. Jobs, not people, are made redundant. Redundancy is now a common term and accepted as a part of modern working life. It’s not a reflection on you or anything you need to feel ashamed about.
Set up a Home Office. Create an environment that it conducive to your job-search project. Set up a basic office at home that includes access to a phone, stationary, postage supplies, computer and printer. If you have small children or pets keep them out of this area and ask your children not to answer the phone while you are job searching. If you are basing yourself out of a job café or other facility, be prepared. Make sure that you have the tools you need to apply for jobs that appeal to you, including an up to date resume, referees and an email address.
Create a current resume. Create a captivating covering letter. Provide a detailed description of the achievements in each of your roles and the time frame's you have been in the role. Provide all contact details including phone number (land line and mobile), email and where possible a fax number. If you don’t have a fax, find a local business and use their fax number (the fee is usually $1 to $2 a page).
Get out. Become involved in local networks and community events. Investigate groups that meet regularly in your area and get involved. This is a great way to meet new people, make new contacts and find out about jobs that are available close to home.
Mind your language. Avoid using negative words such as "unemployed or I can’t find a job" and replace them with positive words such as "I'll find a suitable job suitable."
Stay well-focused. It only takes 10-seconds to make a first impression. Make the most of your 10-seconds by smiling when you greet someone. Invest in a good outfit to wear on your interview(s) and ensure that your overall appearance is very neat and well-groomed. Remember how important people’s first impressions are.
Stay motivated. Finding a new job is hard work; treat it as you would any work assignment – your full-time job is finding a new role that you will enjoy. Just as with any job it can be frustrating and especially disappointing when you receive ‘rejection’ letters. Prepare yourself for the fact that you will receive these. They are not personal. Focus on keeping your goals in alive and remind yourself constantly that there is a job or new career out there waiting for you and it’s only a matter of time until you discover it.