Are you a professional that feels pressure to find job search time? You know it is time to go, but you can’t see how you can get it all done. After all, you likely work 50-60 or more hours per week and have other obligations, like family.
Do you find yourself wondering:
“Where will I fit in job search time to my already crazy schedule? After all I want to find and sustain my work/life balance! It’s important that I watch my kids grow up. But I know it’s time for me to start looking for the next role. So how can I find the time I need to make this next career move?”
As our client Joshua found out, you can have victory over your job search time management. He was aware of a downsizing move coming to his company so he took the time before that happened to prepare for his next IT Director position. While he was getting his résumé designed with us, he participated in our complimentary Job Move Strategy session.
When I first met Joshua, he was stressed out by the idea of making this career move and still having time to be with his family. Like most of us, his life is more than just about work. He has a wife and 3 children that are very active. He commutes over an hour a day, and he coaches his daughter’s soccer team on weekends. Talk about work/life juggling!
Together, he and I were able to incorporate clear strategic methodologies into his job search approach. After prioritizing each method to focus his job search time appropriately, he was able to get noticed, get interviews, and get a new position.
Here is the strategy we designed for Joshua to move toward achieving this victory!
• Recruiters: Joshua did not have the time to research and vet which recruiters would be most effective for him. So I took that burden off of him and did the legwork. Once we narrowed down recruiters to contact, I then reached out on his behalf and began making introductions. This way, Joshua only had to respond to those recruiters who were interested and used his time more effectively.
• Target Companies: Joshua had some parameters in mind for his next company, but he needed some help targeting which ones fit those parameters. Once again, I did the research to present the companies to Joshua and vetted key contacts across our extensive ITtechExec network at those companies.
• Networking (both within and outside your network): Joshua had a pretty large network on LinkedIn and elsewhere, but he found his contacts to be unmotivated in helping him get going with his job search. After some discussion, he discovered that some of the problem had to the do with the way he was approaching them. After some coaching with me, he began to have a much better response. He also took advantage of our ITtechExec network to connect with new contacts who might be helpful in achieving his goal.
In the end, although it wasn’t an overnight success, Joshua did find that a job search doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
Here’s how he described it:
“Sue, before we started putting this strategy together, I was lost. I knew I had to act, but I couldn’t get passed the idea that my life was so hectic. Not only did you give me practical support, but you also gave me direction.”
If you find yourself out in the wilderness, wondering where to even begin with your next career move, text “STUCK” to 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR click on the calendar below to schedule a free consult. We will present a customized strategy for your search and share how we will partner with you to maintain your work/life balance during your job search just like we did for Joshua and his busy family.
Sue Sacco is a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS) for ITtechExec who blends a unique background in managing both IT and telecom day-to-day operations with extensive hiring and recruitment experience for small/mid-sized organizations as well as for a prominent Fortune 1000 company. She is also a Career Thought Leader Associate.
Sue has been up close and personal with HR and has had to wade through layoffs, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. (That means she’s a veteran of the job market zoo and has been so deep in corporate goo that nothing surprises her anymore!)
Text “STUCK” to 866-294-1324 to start a dialogue OR to schedule a time to speak with Sue and learn more about her “concierge” job search solutions, click on the calendar below: