Job Search

by Unre Visagie

What to do before you start a job search
Following is a list of job search sites we found to be the best:
International job sites:
Yajoo! Hot jobs
Monster
CareerBuilder.com
South African job sites:
Career Junction.co.za
PNet.co.za
United Kingdom job sites:
Monster.co.uk
Jobbsite.co.uk
American job sites:
Monster.com
JobbankUSA.com
Asian job sites:
JobAsia.com
Before you consider starting a search, writing your resume or aiming for that promotion
You have to read this!
What every serious career builder must do before starting their job search!
A job search can turn your life upside down, or you can decide to turn it right side up! Remember to peel an orange. Read on…
Table of content:
1.Introduction
Why would one fail?
Why do only some succeed?
2. Why are you looking?
You might not have to!
3. Some presentations
A Work Triangle to use daily
4. Have a PLAN!
Questions and your answers build a puzzle
Mind like water
Peel an orange
Get the lay of the land
What do you need for the journey?
Pack your bag
Head on out into the blue!
Remember to PEEL AN ORANGE!
5. What next?
6. A Global community of support
7. Other resources
What every Career Builder must know before starting a job search, writing that resume or aiming for a promotion!
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Introduction
Know what you want and it will be obvious to others, making your job search that much easier or getting that promotion you want!
If one does not have a plan when looking for that next career move, planning your job search, working to get that promotion or compiling ones resume; the manner in which one presents self is rarely the best it could be. Have a plan.
People with a plan succeed in what they set out to achieve. Ask yourself the question – Where do I see myself in five years, three years, in the next six months? Spend some time on this question, write your answers down and elaborate on them; we give a list of questions to get you started later on in the document. Write everything that comes to mind, if it means almost writing a small book on the things that triggers in ones mind, then GREAT! The more one has to work with in creating a plan, the better. You will also have the material with which to write your resume and starting your job search.
Photo credit: Jersha
One of the biggest causes of a failed job search, landing a less than perfect job or not getting that hard earned promotion is because ones direction is unclear. As in the story of Alice in wonderland:
Alice : “Which road should I take?”
Rabbit: “Well, where are you going?”
Alice : “I don’t know.”
Rabbit: “Well, then I suppose any old road will do.”
I might have my characters a bit mixed up, but the concept remains simple. Know which road, mountain pass or turn-off to take when presented with the choice; or else “Any old road will do” and 99% of the time that road will take you to “Any old place.”
Remember to peel an orange every now and again.
Why are you looking?
Some of the reasons you will find yourself in a job search position is either
You have learned all you could in your current job and want to move on, starting to plan your job search already.
You feel you have earned that career promotion and are looking for the best way to get it.
You have finished your studies and are looking for the best first career move, your first and very crucial job search.
Whichever one it is, before the job search breathes its first breath, formulate your plan.
You might not have to be looking
If you are already working with a company you might not have to be busy planning your job search, read on…
Complete the whole process of putting together your plan. Read this page from beginning to end and follow the guidelines on it. At the appropriate time, complete your resume; it will become clear when this is.
Make a list of all the companies you would like to go and work with. Do a bit of research on each of these companies, if it is convenient, talk to someone currently employed by these companies. Write down why you would like to work with these companies and what you don’t like – the pros and cons. Why do you think these companies will be able to provide you with a better environment to achieve your career goals?
This whole process of gathering info should not take you longer than a few days – one does not want to spend too much time on this.
Why all this trouble?
We found that taking incremental steps toward achieving your career objectives is often times the best way to go about growing your career. And the company you are currently working with might be a goldfield in disguise!
For more detailed information on “You might not have to be planning that job search after all ” get the free report:
Your First name:
Your E-mail Address:
Some presentations
Have a look at the following presentation, it was created for a local project we are part of, but should trigger some thoughts.
Work triangle presentation for a specific project.
Here is a simple graphic explaining the process in short.
Have a PLAN
Before taking a job search head-on, every Career Builder should have a plan of action. Every individual intuitively knows what they want; we all have a unique in-built map. The most challenging thing is to make sense of that map and to know how to get where you want to be!
Here at Aleph we have accumulated substantial knowledge on how to build careers and businesses; it is packaged into our Walk & Talk guide and a version of this guide is freely available on Careersdevelopmentplan.net. Every person has unique belief systems, needs and perspectives and will always take on a job search in a wonderfully unique manner. The one universal truth – if you don’t now where you are going, any old road will do… We have worked with many individuals and assisted them in putting together a plan; we have worked with the experts who understand these processes and packaged their knowledge into our Walk & Talk guide for careers. We spent the last years fusing all the theoretical knowledge into a whole. Careerdevelopmentplan.net is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with the world one individual at a time; we are working to create a community where people will freely share their career experiences and build one another!
If you want to know more about this community, please click here.
PLAN – before the job search
Clear your mind , one needs to get all the information on the table concerned with where you see your career heading. The best way to do this is to ask another person to assist you, preferably a trusted, more experienced and older individual to ask you the list of questions listed below as well as their own questions. It is always best to talk ones mind to another individual, if they just listen and ask questions, you are able to hear yourself and structure your thoughts. Talking to another person will clarify your plan and make your job search or next career move clear and implement-able.
Here’s a list of some of the questions we use in our coaching sessions:
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Do you feel sufficiently challenged by your current career position?
If no, what is missing?
If yes, how could you make better use of your opportunities?
Are you currently where you want to be in your career?
If no, where would you rather be?
If yes, what are the reasons for planning a next career move?
Are you happy with your current salary?
If no, what do you think you are worth and why, what can you change to get paid what you are worth?
If yes, do you think you could grow your life income and how?
For more questions get the free report on “Getting ready for your job search” delivered to your inbox!
Your First name:
Your E-mail Address:
If you want one of our coaches to take you through this process please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.
There are other questions later in this report concerned with more detailed actions to take toward planning your job search or getting that promotion. The purpose of the above list is to give one a big picture view of where you are currently, where you are headed and where you would want to be ideally.
With all the above said and done its time to sit back and spend some quality thinking and writing time. Go and make yourself a warm cup of something nice and slowly read through all the answers you wrote down. If more thoughts and information trigger in your mind, write them down as well.
This initial process of clearing ones mind is very important. One should have a mind like a pond when formulating the plan on which you will base your next best career move; then start your job search. You are able to formulate a big picture and peacefully, skillfully integrate the detail and fit the pieces of this exciting puzzle of growth into the whole!
“…the “mind like water” concept… When you throw a pebble into a pond, what does the water do? It responds with total appropriateness to the force and mass of the rock. It does nothing more and nothing less. It doesn’t overreact or under-react. It doesn’t react at all. It simply interacts with whatever comes to it and then returns to its natural state.” – David Allen, Getting Things Done
In our team we like to remind one another to stop climbing the mountain of life, sit down, look back and peel an orange; else you might get way too tired, fall over a cliff and have to walk all the way back up again! We all have a very unique road we walk and sometimes the mountain in front of us seems to be very, very big indeed. We just keep on walking, climbing, anything to get over this mountain and onto the next one!
Climbing these mountains means learning and growing, this is sometimes hard, but we rarely stop and take note of the wonderful things we learn from climbing. We don’t sit back and peel an orange. Regularly take a breather, choose an orange from your rucksack, sit back, look back, relax and enjoy the view; life is a journey, not a race.
Once you have answered the list of questions above, you have peeled your orange and are ready to have a look at the panorama in front of you; you have surveyed your map in earnest and have a good idea of how to go about your job search or promotion plan. Now, the only question remaining is where do you want to be on that map?
From answering the questions or sitting back and peeling an orange, one should have a very good idea of the lay of the land. Where are the valleys and the peaks? Which route would be the best one to take to get to my destination? Remember the easiest route is very rarely the best route. Determine which road has the most supplies on the way to your next stop. Which road is the most scenic and the most fun to take? Life is a journey, not a destination.
Now we need to determine what one should pack for this journey. What am I going to need to go about my job search or promotion plan the best?
What does one need for the journey?
For example, there is a very high cliff between me and my first stop; I will need a rope and some climbing gear. In life it is not much different. Let’s say you want to get a promotion or plan a job search. Here is a list of detail questions to get you going:
Which skills does an individual in that specific position need?
What am I going to do to get those skills?
Who do I have to get to know to be able to understand what would be required from me to get the promotion or the job?
Get some more questions in the free report!
Your First name:
Your E-mail Address:
This is a get you going in the right direction list of questions. If you want one of our coaches to take you through this process in detail please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.
These are guiding questions in determining what equipment one needs to get to the next stop. Remember to walk and plan one day at a time. Have a big picture in mind, not a big plan implemented in one day idea. Baby steps will get one there!
Photo credit: Chrissi Nerantzi
Pack your bag
Which equipment comes first, what will I need first and what will I need later? By now one has a very good idea of where you are headed and what will be required to get there. Now all that remains is to determine which one of these things/skills, identified as necessary to reach my first stop, will I need first and what do I need to do to get it packed into my bag? What is the action steps necessary toward achieving this first task, then objective, then goal and then packed in my backpack ready to go!
Maybe one needs to go to a communication workshop to sharpen specific skills. Delegation should also be very well understood by all Career Builders. What about listening skills, questioning skills? Are these skills up to scratch? For a complete list of the skills forming part of a Career Builders’ foundation, feel free to use our Walk & Talk guide.
Head out into the blue!
Your bag is packed and you are ready to head out toward that first stop. It is sometimes so easy to get stuck in one place. Don’t get caught by the fear of moving out into the unknown! If your backpack is packed as well as you can possibly pack it with what you think is necessary, then head out, don’t tinker with more supplies and better knowledge. The lighter you are packed, the more fun it will be to get to the next stop. You won’t get as tired either and will appreciate the awesome view even more! There will be many resources and opportunities on the way to stock up and go again. If one recognizes an opportunity along the way and know it will add to your journey, take it!
Just don’t get sidetracked from from your ultimate destination, but stay flexible, have fun, know what you want to achieve today and fit the surprises into your plan. It’s always more fun when one stops and has that chat with fellow travelers.
And remember to PEEL AN ORANGE!
What next?
Once your plan is first round completed, you know where you want to go and you have the action steps to get there, start building your resume. A resume should be an ongoing part of a Career Builders life. One uses it as a measurement, update your resume every three months and see how you have grown and mastered new knowledge! It is a peel an orange moment and builds confidence. Even if you are not planning a job search, keep your resume up to date.
A great way to get words for describing yourself is doing a few self discovery exercises on the web. The results from these questionnaires contain words that you can use in your resume to describe yourself. We give a short summary of this at the top of our resume page as well. In future publications, we will give more in-depth information on the process of determining what kind of work environment suits your unique person the best. Here are links to two such questionnaires:
Tickle.com
MAPP assessments
Recruiters are more and more using the web to verify an individual’s credibility. If they type your name into the Google search engine, yours should be in the top ten, preferably the very first on the list. Here are three individuals we are working with and created their web presence for them:
Nicholas Grobler
Unre Visagie
Dawie Roux
Type these names into Google and they are in the top ten. Getting your name on the web is becoming of higher and higher import before starting a job search. It builds credibility and the articles you publish on your web site concerned with your field of expertise, makes it obvious to a recruiter that you know what you are talking about. Have a look at our page on how to build a personal site.
If you have not come to realize that you can achieve your short term goals at your company, then now is the time to implement that job search. When one has a plan, identifying the next company you would enjoy working with almost becomes dropping of your resume at their door. Since you would have spoken to experts with access, you have identified the gaps you have and are working with experts to close these gaps. You have communicated your plan and cannot be ignored. Use our resume process to get you started on building a working resume.
Remember to refer back to our free version of the Walk & Talk guide for career building resources! Our guide will also be of huge value in implementing your job search.
If at any time you feel stuck, our coaches are available to “unstuck” you. Please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.
Global community of support
We are in the process of establishing the needs of fellow Career Builders across the globe and want to launch a forum. We envision this forum to be a place where Career Builders come to get input from others on career challenges they are facing. It would be fantastic if we could get your input on what such a forum should contain. Please send us your input.
Other resources
These resources can assist you in formulating your plan, planning your job search and building your resume.
Careerbuilder.com
Monster.com
Alec.co.uk
We have included links to more web sites in the free report that can assist one in getting ready for a job search, writing your resume as well as the job search itself.
Your First name:
Your E-mail Address:

What to do before you start a job search

Following is a list of job search sites we found to be the best

International job sites

Yahoo! Hot jobs

Monster

CareerBuilder.com

South African job sites

Career Junction.co.za

PNet.co.za

United Kingdom job sites

Monster.co.uk

Jobsite.co.uk

American job sites

Monster

JobbankUSA.com

What every serious career builder must do before starting their job search!

Introduction

Know what you want and it will be obvious to others, making your job search that much easier or getting that promotion you want!

If one does not have a plan when looking for that next career move, planning your job search, working to get that promotion or compiling ones resume; the manner in which one presents self is rarely the best it could be. Have a plan.

People with a plan succeed in what they set out to achieve. Ask yourself the question – Where do I see myself in five years, three years, in the next six months? Spend some time on this question, write your answers down and elaborate on them; we give a list of questions to get you started later on in the document. Write everything that comes to mind, if it means almost writing a small book on the things that triggers in ones mind, then GREAT! The more one has to work with in creating a plan, the better. You will also have the material with which to write your resume and starting your job search.

article-job-search-photo-waterfall

Photo credit: Jersha

w&t_elephant

I Advise

One of the biggest causes of a failed job search, landing a less than perfect job or not getting that hard earned promotion is because one’s direction is unclear. As in the story of Alice in wonderland:

Alice : “Which road should I take?”

Rabbit: “Well, where are you going?”

Alice : “I don’t know.”

Rabbit: “Well, then I suppose any old road will do.”

I might have my characters a bit mixed up, but the concept remains simple. Know which road, mountain pass or turn-off to take when presented with the choice; or else “Any old road will do” and 99% of the time that road will take you to “Any old place.”

Why are you looking?

Some of the reasons you will find yourself in a job search position is either

  • You have learned all you could in your current job and want to move on, starting to plan your job search already.
  • You feel you have earned that career promotion and are looking for the best way to get it.
  • You have finished your studies and are looking for the best first career move, your first and very crucial job search.

Whichever one it is, before the job search breathes its first breath, formulate your plan.

You might not have to be looking

If you are already working with a company you might not have to be busy planning your job search, read on…

Complete the whole process of putting together your plan. Read this page from beginning to end and follow the guidelines on it. At the appropriate time, complete your resume; it will become clear when this is.

Make a list of all the companies you would like to go and work with. Do a bit of research on each of these companies, if it is convenient, talk to someone currently employed by these companies. Write down why you would like to work with these companies and what you don’t like – the pros and cons. Why do you think these companies will be able to provide you with a better environment to achieve your career goals?

This whole process of gathering info should not take you longer than a few days – one does not want to spend too much time on this.

Why all this trouble?

We found that taking incremental steps toward achieving your career objectives is often times the best way to go about growing your career. And the company you are currently working with might be a goldfield in disguise!

Have a PLAN

w&t_binoculars

I Explain

Before taking a job search head-on, every Career Builder should have a plan of action. Every individual intuitively knows what they want; we all have a unique in-built map. The most challenging thing is to make sense of that map and to know how to get where you want to be!

Here at Aleph we have accumulated substantial knowledge on how to build careers and businesses; it is packaged into our Walk & Talk guide and a version of this guide is freely available on Careersdevelopmentplan.net. Every person has unique belief systems, needs and perspectives and will always take on a job search in a wonderfully unique manner. The one universal truth – if you don’t now where you are going, any old road will do… We have worked with many individuals and assisted them in putting together a plan; we have worked with the experts who understand these processes and packaged their knowledge into our Walk & Talk guide for careers. We spent the last years fusing all the theoretical knowledge into a whole. Careerdevelopmentplan.net is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with the world one individual at a time; we are working to create a community where people will freely share their career experiences and build one another!

If you want to know more about this community, please click here.

PLAN – before the job search

Clear your mind , one needs to get all the information on the table concerned with where you see your career heading. The best way to do this is to ask another person to assist you, preferably a trusted, more experienced and older individual to ask you the list of questions listed below as well as their own questions. It is always best to talk ones mind to another individual, if they just listen and ask questions, you are able to hear yourself and structure your thoughts. Talking to another person will clarify your plan and make your job search or next career move clear and implement-able.

w&t_exclamation

I Answer

Here’s a list of some of the questions we use in our coaching sessions:

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Do you feel sufficiently challenged by your current career position?
    • If no, what is missing?
    • If yes, how could you make better use of your opportunities?
  • Are you currently where you want to be in your career?
    • If no, where would you rather be?
    • If yes, what are the reasons for planning a next career move?
  • Are you happy with your current salary?
    • If no, what do you think you are worth and why, what can you change to get paid what you are worth?
    • If yes, do you think you could grow your life income and how?

If you want one of our coaches to take you through this process please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.

article-job-search-photo-steaming

There are other questions later in this report concerned with more detailed actions to take toward planning your job search or getting that promotion. The purpose of the above list is to give one a big picture view of where you are currently, where you are headed and where you would want to be ideally.

w&t_elephant

I Advise

With all the above said and done its time to sit back and spend some quality thinking and writing time. Go and make yourself a warm cup of something nice and slowly read through all the answers you wrote down. If more thoughts and information trigger in your mind, write them down as well.

This initial process of clearing ones mind is very important. One should have a mind like a pond when formulating the plan on which you will base your next best career move; then start your job search. You are able to formulate a big picture and peacefully, skillfully integrate the detail and fit the pieces of this exciting puzzle of growth into the whole!

…the “mind like water” concept… When you throw a pebble into a pond, what does the water do? It responds with total appropriateness to the force and mass of the rock. It does nothing more and nothing less. It doesn’t overreact or under-react. It doesn’t react at all. It simply interacts with whatever comes to it and then returns to its natural state.

– David Allen, Getting Things Done

In our team we like to remind one another to stop climbing the mountain of life, sit down, look back and peel an orange; else you might get way too tired, fall over a cliff and have to walk all the way back up again! We all have a very unique road we walk and sometimes the mountain in front of us seems to be very, very big indeed. We just keep on walking, climbing, anything to get over this mountain and onto the next one!

article-job-search-photo-orange2

Climbing these mountains means learning and growing, this is sometimes hard, but we rarely stop and take note of the wonderful things we learn from climbing. We don’t sit back and peel an orange. Regularly take a breather, choose an orange from your rucksack, sit back, look back, relax and enjoy the view; life is a journey, not a race.

w&t_binoculars

I Explain

Once you have answered the list of questions above, you have peeled your orange and are ready to have a look at the panorama in front of you; you have surveyed your map in earnest and have a good idea of how to go about your job search or promotion plan. Now, the only question remaining is where do you want to be on that map?

From answering the questions or sitting back and peeling an orange, one should have a very good idea of the lay of the land. Where are the valleys and the peaks? Which route would be the best one to take to get to my destination? Remember the easiest route is very rarely the best route. Determine which road has the most supplies on the way to your next stop. Which road is the most scenic and the most fun to take? Life is a journey, not a destination.

landscape

Photo credit: Chad

Now we need to determine what one should pack for this journey. What am I going to need to go about my job search or promotion plan the best?

What does one need for the journey?

For example, there is a very high cliff between me and my first stop; I will need a rope and some climbing gear. In life it is not much different. Let’s say you want to get a promotion or plan a job search. Here is a list of detail questions to get you going:

  • Which skills does an individual in that specific position need?
  • What am I going to do to get those skills?
  • Who do I have to get to know to be able to understand what would be required from me to get the promotion or the job?

This is a get you going in the right direction list of questions. If you want one of our coaches to take you through this process in detail please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.

w&t_elephant

I Advise

These are guiding questions in determining what equipment one needs to get to the next stop. Remember to walk and plan one day at a time. Have the big picture in mind, not a big plan implemented in one day idea. Baby steps will get one there!

Pack your bag

Which equipment comes first, what will I need first and what will I need later? By now one has a very good idea of where you are headed and what will be required to get there. Now all that remains is to determine which one of these things/skills, identified as necessary to reach my first stop, will I need first and what do I need to do to get it packed into my bag? What is the action steps necessary toward achieving this first task, then objective, then goal and then packed in my backpack ready to go!

Maybe one needs to go to a communication workshop to sharpen specific skills. Delegation should also be very well understood by all Career Builders. What about listening skills, questioning skills? Are these skills up to scratch? For a complete list of the skills forming part of a Career Builders’ foundation, feel free to use our Walk & Talk guide.

article-job-search-photo-mountian

Head out into the blue!

Your bag is packed and you are ready to head out toward that first stop. It is sometimes so easy to get stuck in one place. Don’t get caught by the fear of moving out into the unknown! If your backpack is packed as well as you possibly can pack it with what you think is necessary, then head out, don’t tinker with more supplies and better knowledge. The lighter you are packed, the more fun it will be to get to the next stop. You won’t get as tired either and will appreciate the awesome view even more! There will be many resources and opportunities on the way to stock up and go again. If one recognizes an opportunity along the way and know it will add to your journey, take it!

w&t_elephant

I Advise

Just don’t get sidetracked from from your ultimate destination, but stay flexible, have fun, know what you want to achieve today and fit the surprises into your plan. It’s always more fun when one stops and has that chat with fellow travelers.

And remember to PEEL AN ORANGE!

What next?

Once your plan is first round completed, you know where you want to go and you have the action steps to get there, start building your resume. A resume should be an ongoing part of a Career Builders life. One uses it as a measurement, update your resume every three months and see how you have grown and mastered new knowledge! It is a peel an orange moment and builds confidence. Even if you are not planning a job search, keep your resume up to date.

A great way to get words for describing yourself is doing a few self discovery exercises on the web. The results from these questionnaires contain words that you can use in your resume to describe yourself. In future publications, we will give more in-depth information on the process of determining what kind of work environment suits your unique person the best. Here is such a link:

MAPP assessments

Recruiters are increasingly using the web to verify an individual’s credibility. If they type your name into the Google search engine, yours should be in the top ten, preferably the very first on the list. Here are three individuals we are working with and created their web presence for them:

Nicholas Grobler

Unre Visagie

Dawie Roux

Type these names into Google and they are in the top ten. Getting your name on the web is becoming of higher and higher importance before starting a job search. It builds credibility and the articles you publish on your web site concerned with your field of expertise, makes it obvious to a recruiter that you know what you are talking about. Have a look at our page on how to build a personal site.

article-job-search-photo-baby

Photo credit: Chrissi Nerantzi

If you have not come to realize that you can achieve your short term goals at your company, then now is the time to implement that job search. When one has a plan, identifying the next company you would enjoy working with almost becomes dropping of your resume at their door. Since you would have spoken to experts with access, you have identified the gaps you have and are working with experts to close these gaps. You have communicated your plan and cannot be ignored. Use our resume process to get you started on building a working resume.

Remember to refer back to our free version of the Walk & Talk guide for career building resources! Our guide will also be of huge value in implementing your job search.

If at any time you feel stuck, our coaches are available to “unstuck” you. Please complete this form and we will contact you for a one-on-one coaching session.

Global community of support

We are in the process of establishing the needs of fellow Career Builders across the globe and want to launch a forum. We envision this forum to be a place where Career Builders come to get input from others on career challenges they are facing. It would be fantastic if we could get your input on what such a forum should contain. Please send us your input.

About Unre Visagie
I am a master coach with 30 years of career and business coaching experience. I have built and sold many of my own multi-million dollar companies. I have always built my companies based on the principle of successful people make a successful company. I invest in people. As your coach you get 30 years of experience to help you do the work you love and earn the salary you want.

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