Planning your future

Working out that you have more options than you would think and that the knee-jerk reaction may not be the best.

Obviously it depends on

your situation, did you volunteer, or were you pushed.
your financial circumstances, are you broke and in debt, comfortable, or well off.
your age, are you young, middle, or getting on a bit.

Let’s look at the worst option first, you really need a job, you have debts to pay and a family to keep. The knee-jerk is to take the first thing that comes along and be miserable, because it’s not really the job you want and you don’t like it but it does bring in some money.  The danger is, you soon get used to these new circumstances and feel demoralised and depressed because you can’t see anything better.

If that’s the situation you’re in, manage your spare time, use the information on this web site to put together a job search plan and stick to it. There are better things out there!

Now let’s look at the middle option. Yes, you need a job, and a well paying one at that, but you do have a cushion of a redundancy payment, or some savings, and you decide to take a break and work yourself “gently” into the job search. Here the danger is that you get too used to being in the comfort zone and let things pass you by until one day, you wake up to the realisation that your “cushion of comfort” has gone and now it’s panic stations!

Look, there’s no better time to start a job search than now, not tomorrow or next week or the beginning of the month or after the holidays. That’s called procrastination, if you want to know what that means, I’ll tell you later!

So you decide to take a break, come back to job search after a few weeks off and find the perfect job for you was filled, while you were away. How do you feel? Sick as a parrot? Get the job search plan working right now. If you feel in need of a break, plan it in, but get the search working first.

Finally the “getting on a bit, not really desperate, always wanted to retire early but this seems a bit too soon and who wants all the hassle anyway?” option.

Great, if that really is your option, good luck to you in your early retirement. Hey, but why are you reading this information in the first place?

Could it be the other half wants you out from under her feet?
Or are you just bored stiff watching day time TV?
Or do you fancy earning just a bit more cash to tide you through, the pension isn’t going as far as you thought it would?

So making a plan is a must, no matter what your situation.

But will the plan target the new job? If so, what type of job?
Or will it target the activity you need to put in?

Answer, either or both!

There’s no point in putting in vast amounts of activity if you don’t know where you’re heading, spinning the wheels, as it were.

Nor is there any point in targeting a particular job and not doing anything about getting yourself in front of the hiring manager.

“Isn’t that what recruiters are for?”

No, no, one thousand times no!

Recruiters only know about vacancies when they are informed by their clients (who are the company, not you!) of an upcoming job.  If a recruiter tells you they will market you, by sending your CV into all their top clients, take what they say with a pinch of salt. If that is their tactic, why can’t you do the same and cut out their not insubstantial fee?

It is your Job Search, you need to be in charge, you need to control what information is being sent out about you and, more important, who it is being sent to.

So what options do you have and how are you going to use them?

You could apply for

a full time job
a part time job
a temporary job
an interim job

You might want to

go into full time learning
take an evening course
do a distance study course e.g. an Open University Degree

You might want to

work for yourself, be self employed
work for a charity, be a volunteer

Or any combination of the above.

Decide which direction you want to go and head for it.

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