Job Search Mentoring can seem a little unusual. Why does someone need coaching or mentoring to find a job? Surely it is straight forward and it is just a case of finding a suitable position and applying online.
In today’s online world, it has become very easy to apply for roles in a click through a variety of different channels. Gone are the days when you had to go through the laborious process of completing forms by post. As we know, in some cases, the whole interview process can take place online. Undoubtedly this results in greater efficiencies for all concerned but also creates some issues, such as those below:
- Much greater competition for roles as so many people can apply so quickly.
- Lack of understanding about the real merits of each job and what they entail.
- Potential misreading of culture and personality of people and companies when not seen in person.
- Inability to stand out from the crowd when everyone is applying in such a faceless way.
- Algorithms or online conditions not being met meaning you can be rejected for spurious reasons.
- A feeling that it is all about quantity rather than quality.
There is a good article at https://www.zipjob.com/blog/applying-for-jobs-online-waste-of-time/ on how difficult the process has become.
And we should never forget how important this is. Your career and work will take up half of your waking hours, so attempting to find fulfilment is a priority. No job will be perfect and we can’t expect to be happy all the time but undoubtedly your job forms a significant part of your overall contentment in life.
So, how does job search mentoring help to alleviate these problems?
There are many ways in which job search mentoring can support you and there are many different forms to it. Firstly, how can it help?
- Finding the RIGHT job or career. All sounds very obvious but discovering if a chosen job is suitable or not can be illuminating in itself. Of course, it may not be feasible to change careers or fulfil a dream outright but don’t forget that your career can have a short, mid and long term plan. A bit like a game of chess, your next move might be with your future in mind rather than the present. Many factors come in to play here but rather than just drift along, it is often very useful to have some kind of steering on this.
- Knowing where to look. This will depend somewhat on what job you are going for but understanding how to go about the search is crucial. It will save time, energy and help you to reach your end goal more easily and efficiently. There are several options involved with this, including: recruitment agents, Linkedin, direct adverts, various online platforms and through your network. Some jobs could be promoted through all of these channels. Knowing which ones would be most beneficial could help significantly.
- Having your documents and profile in place. This is normally your CV, cover letter and linkedin profile. Some of this could vary depending on the job itself. Tailoring the documents can take longer but almost always have a better end result.
- How to apply best. Perhaps this is easily done by just following the guidelines and the process. In a way, that is true. If a job advert asks for a two page cover letter, then this needs to form part of the application for sure. Trying to be too clever can come across as arrogant and rarely works. But, how can you be different? This can be simple, like producing the cover letter in a clever design or more creative by trying to speak to speak the hiring manager personally before the interview. Most employers like this creative approach, even though they won’t admit it.
- Being Proactive. There are many opportunities out there that might not be specifically advertised in the normal channels. These can be found by being busy within your network or trying to create opportunities. Implementing this is not always easy so this takes some understanding and practice.
- Keeping up the MOTIVATION. It can be hard endlessly applying for jobs, especially when you apply and don’t hear feedback for a long time or at all. It can feel like your applications go into some sort of online abyss and are never seen again. You need to keep up your motivation and stay on track. Applying for a job should be like a full day’s work in itself. Having a proper process, keeping consistentcy and sticking to a system is normally a recipe for success in business. The same will be true in your job search too.
- Evaluating the process. As you proceed through the process, things will change. This will be within the market itself as well as for your own personal situation. Adapting your strategy based on the market, your situation and the results of your job search is also important.
Not all of this job search mentoring may be applicable to everyone and we all have different strengths and weaknesses but certainly some of it will be of use to someone seriously looking for a role. Motivation is especially important and some further tips can be found on this in the following article https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-ways-to-stay-motivated-in-a-frustrating-job-hunt.
Having established the importance in finding the right job and why job search mentoring can help, how can this be done?
There are, of course, many versions of this ranging from formal coaching/mentoring to tips from friends and associates. Again, one solution doesn’t fit all and this will depend on your need, budget, time and personality.
In general, guidance from friends and family is a good place to start. However, it can be difficult to rely on this consistently and they can be inherently biased. Certainly, contacts and your network can help and this could form part of your overall job search strategy.
There is also a plethora of information online which can help with your research. Online support can, at times, be overwhelming and the best advice can become buried amidst a sea of adverts and self promotion. If you have the diligence to dig through this, then it can help. However, you must remember that online articles are not personal to you and can also be deflating when they are promoted to portray an overly positively outlook.
Paying for support when looking for a job can feel like a contradiction in terms. You need a job, don’t have much money, so the last thing you want to do is start paying more money to actually find a job. This is perfectly understandable and if it can be avoided, then so be it. However, a small investment in your career and your future can go a long way to help you find the right job both for now and for your future plans.
At Insitelynx, we offer a range of solutions that can support people in their job search. This includes our job search mentoring on a monthly basis https://insitelynx.com/job-search-mentoring/ and our bespoke job search coaching https://insitelynx.com/job-search-coaching/ which is more in depth.
We would always take the time to uncover what is most suitable for you and proceed only when that has been fully understood. Our solutions are cost effective and do not involve any long-term commitment from a client.
Whichever form it takes, we also understand that job search mentoring is not right for everyone and it is always important to have a customer’s commitment before proceeding.
Please do let me know of any thoughts or comments.