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Preparing for a Job Search

Concerned about your job security or preparing yourself for a move, in country or otherwise?

Transformational coach, HR & organisational development consultant, Anita O’Connor of AOC Consulting shares her tips.

She’s also offering members of WWWM a one hour free career coaching or CV review session. Get in touch with her today!

Use the time to upskill

This period of uncertainty is showing how digital transformation and agility are important to business continuity – use your time to upskill with digital and technical skills to give your CV a boost. Also use the opportunity to train in to new areas to expand you career options more aligned to your purpose and potential.

Work on your personal brand

Think about how you want other people to perceive you. What message do you want to get across? How can you show the value you can add to any organisation you want to work for? What is your ultimate selling point (USP) or your competitive advantage?

Perfect your CV

Take the time to really evaluate your CV. Look online for strong templates or get professional help. Describe your most recent positions highlighting only key responsibilities and significant achievements (use quantitative measures of success) to showcase your skills and experience.
Match the keywords you use to key words in the job descriptions of any job you apply to. Remember to tailor your CV for each job.

Work on your digital presence

Build an all-star linked in profile. Showcase any projects you have worked on, add your portfolio or supporting media. Get engaged, and build your network. Make sure you have a professional photo.
Clean up all other social media – either lock it down to be fully private or remove anything that you don’t wish to be seen.

Practice your interview skills

Look up the STAR technique, used in behavioural and competency based interviews. Practice your answers to the different types of

Build your network

Connect with university, school, previous company alumni. Reach out to people in your industry or sector.
Join LinkedIn groups matching your area of interest or other passions you have. Ask for recommendations and referrals if you can.

Start & keep searching

Use the LinkedIn & Google job search functions.
Find out who is hiring or the best recruitment agencies in your field and have a conversation.
Be prepared to cast a wider net, leverage your contacts, and be more open-minded about your options.

About the Author
Anita O’Connor
Career Development Community Lead

Anita is an experienced HR, business planning and strategic organisational design and development specialist, and a certified transformative coach with a passion for people development, supporting individuals and organisations through transitions, change and growth.

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