There are two schools of thought about career planning. One is that you can do it all yourself. After all, it isn’t rocket science is it? The other is that you are best served by having a third party help you, ideally a professional who knows about the careers space.
1. The Right Help for Right Now
A career consultant can help you to deal with the stuff that’s going on in your working life right now. Wherever you are in your life there will be a reason why you want help to get a job. This is going to be true for anybody leaving full time education all the way through to the people moving into their retirement years. The reasons will be different, the circumstances and the situations people find themselves in are different and there’s always a lot to think about.
2. Clarity of Vision
A career consultant is going to help you not just to sort out all your issues but also to get clear about what it is you’re going to do next. It is certainly true that being clear is arguably the most crucial element in career counselling and in helping you to get a job. Why? Because the work environment is complex, fiercely competitive and if you are not clear then you are going to find yourself potentially quite frustrated with a lack of progress.
Career consultants help you to target what you want. You are now clear about what it is you’re trying to do and you need to then be clear about how you’re going to take yourself to market and target the type of organizations you’re going to work with and for.
You hear a huge amount about networking and it’s certainly important. Who you know, who you’re going to need to connect to, who you need to know but don’t yet know, how you’re going to go about building appropriate and relevant networks for the job that you want – this is all important. Networking is both a strategic and tactical exercise that a career professional can help you to navigate. We’ve put together 135 Networking Career Tips to help you make the most out of your network.
We all need to project ourselves and we need to know what media to use and in what combination with other media, how to do this appropriately and how to make certain that our profiles are well integrated and add value to one another. How important is your CV relative to your LinkedIn profile, for example? What is the best way of laying out a CV? Why might LinkedIn be a better medium for you?
A lot of us find the process of getting a job a real challenge. One element of that challenge is that we can lose confidence when we get knocked back by individuals and organizations that turn us down, show minimal interest in us, reject us from interview processes etc. These days in career work, getting a job is about being smart about what you do, about holding your self-confidence at a good level, a healthy level, but with low ego. Take a look at the confidence building exercises in our Getting Ready for a Change and Identifying Your Skills workbooks.
7. Being Smart about Learning
It is probable that it has been some time since you’ve needed to get a job or indeed that you’ve used a career consultant to help you get one. There are many points of learning along the way. You need to be open and adaptable to what you learn and then how you put yourself forward again after the inevitable knockbacks. You also have to be very keen on learning more about the organizations you target, learning more about how you project yourself and learning more about how to optimize any interview situation.
8. Being Smart about Planning
Planning is a central skill to how you get a job. Your career consultant can help you plan but you have to execute on that plan with discipline and commitment – the only person who can get the job is you. So you have to take responsibility and you want to make certain that you plan your time in an efficient and an effective way.
9. Negotiating your Salary
When you get to the point where a job is being offered to you, there are issues around contracts and salary negotiation. You need to be professional about working out contracts in detail and how you negotiate the most appropriate package for yourself. Again this needs thought. Good career consultants know this space well and make sure you don’t ask for too much nor sell yourself short. See our Get Paid Right, From the Start eBook for more help with this.
10. Unique Selling Points
Good career consulting helps you to understand how you can be unique in the space into which you’re selling yourself. This requires a career professional who is genuinely interested in you, understands you well enough to know how valuable you are going to be as you go to market. Throughout the process of helping you get a job, your USPs need to be uppermost in your mind, with the help of good career support.
If you think that you’re ready to work with a career consultant, why not request an initial free consultation and speak to one our team to discuss your situation in more detail and how things might work best for you.