I’ve been a recruiter and career coach for over 10 years now, and I have always recommended that my candidates use a 30/60/90-day plan in their job interviews, because I used it when I was an employee in the job search. I saw phenomenal results from using it, and my candidates do, too.
Don’t just read your local or neighborhood newspaper. Read a national paper as well. You can read most major dailies online. The New York Times, Washington Post. Los Angeles Times and many others offer news items and perspectives that can help your job search. Look for items that give hints about changing markets, styles, etc. These are clues about new businesses that may be coming to your area. And there may be openings in other parts of the country that are worth relocating.
Consider what you really want to do. Seek help from a international coach federation to decide clearly on your career direction and the stepping stones to get there.
As the interviewee, you should potentially be even more focused on behavioral interviewing than the interviewer. The preparation can help with the land-mine questions.
Answering these questions ignites fire beneath your job hunt. What are the compelling reasons that motivate you to wake up in the morning and search? Examples include: advance your career, learn new skills, support your family, connect with people and build a sense of personal accomplishment. Your purpose provides the key to unlocking your drive and motivation. Become intimately acquainted with the why behind your job pursuit. Remind yourself of it daily, especially if you are resisting taking action.
Even now the economy is beginning its slow but inexorable rise back to prosperity. If you have survived thus far you will likely be around for the next boom. And you will be positioned to take greater responsibility and higher profile positions. That means more money, too.
What did they say? How many times have you heard a 2-minute post game interview with a professional ice hockey player and wondered what the heck they said. Hockey is plagued with intelligent men who sound inarticulate because they are distracted, uncomfortable or don’t speak English well. Communicating with your audience is an essential part of winning the interview and the fan base.
The great thing about career transition is that during the exploratory phase, you’ll become acquainted with parts of your personality that you may never even have known existed before. It’s a sure fire way to get closer to finding out what really will make you happy in life.