Are you making this one critical job search mistake?
If you are in the market for a new role (and let me tell you the job market is HOT right now) then please listen up.
Most women I meet are going about their job search all wrong. It’s costing them valuable time, emotional energy and access to the best opportunities that are most likely to bring joy and fulfilment.
And – it’s quite possibly costing them getting paid what they’re worth too.
The NUMBER ONE MISTAKE I see most people make is that they go out to the job market and ask; “I wonder what’s out there that I could do?”
They are relying on others to work out what would be a good fit for them and passively wait for the right thing to turn up. It’s frustrating, emotionally draining and leaves them at the mercy of others.
If you’ve done this too… don’t beat yourself up.
It’s the way most people approach the job market.
But it’s a flawed. It leads you to trying to fit yourself into a role that’s not exactly the right for you.
So, BEFORE you go and speak to recruiters, reach out to your network or engage a resume writer, do this one thing FIRST.
Start looking within!
Take the time to truly know yourself! Who are you? What do you do better than most? What value could you bring to an organisation? What do you really want to being doing and just as importantly – what don’t you want to be doing?
Can you clearly answer these questions?
If you can’t – you are NOT YET READY to put yourself out there on the job market!
It’s only once you can clearly articulate who you are, what makes you unique and what it is you actually want to be doing – that you can truly take a proactive, empowered approach to you job search.
The best most aligned roles go to those who can say…
This is who I am. This is what I can do. This is the value I can bring to your business… Do you want me?
This approach puts you on the front foot and has the RIGHT potential employers queuing up to speak with you. And because they’ll easily recognise you as a valuable asset to their business – you’ll be in a powerful position to ask for the remuneration you know you deserve.
So, if you haven’t yet done the work to truly know yourself – stop right now.
Get clarity – then get back out there.
Knowing yourself WILL speed up the job search process, put you in the driving seat and increase the chance of you landing a role that will play to your strengths, stretch and challenge you and bring you joy and fulfilment.