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The 8 essential steps for getting a new job in 2019

You are reading this page because you are now looking for a job or are about to look for a job.
You are just starting your search or have been in the job market for some time.
You potentially have a lot of questions.
This is perfectly normal.
You probably have read pieces of advices on job searching from different sources.
Some of this advice paid off and some did not. It is easy to identify the good ones.
We can help you see more clearlyin this challenging and transformational job market.

Our approach and philosophy for your job search in 2019

Today, you can not longer behave as a « job seeker », you must approach the job market as a business, as a consultant. You are an experienced consultant who offers specific services for a certain type of customer.
HOW DO YOU DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF?
We help you stand out from your competitors and convince the employer to work with you. It is not about finding you a job, it is about finding who you are, what is the value you can bring and what will be the next step of your career. The one aligned with your vision.

Go beyond the classic job search

Go to the forgotten folders on your computer to find the latest version of your resume. The resume looks correct and it should be enough to add the most recent work experience. The next step will be to look at the ads on the web and apply.

The vast majority of people do this. That’s not to say it’s the best way to go.


Research has shown that, on average, it takes between 3 and 10 months to change jobs …


A process comparable to a marathon! Indeed, it is a long-distance race, which puts your endurance, determination and resistance to the test.

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Would you run a marathon without preparation? It’s the same for the job search …

The philosophy underpinning this plan is that the key to finding a new job is not sending multiple CVs and becoming a slave to interviews.

The 8 steps plan :

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Step 1: Become more patient

Essential… I don’t have the words to emphasis this point sufficiently. It makes the huge difference between: finding an « average and good enough job » and finding a position that you are enthusiastic about, in a company that you want to work for. Patience is the great « problem » of Generation Y as Simon Sinek would say (watch this video if the subject interests you). However, it is necessary to appreciate that changing jobs will take time and that the road ahead will be full of pitfalls but that this will be an integral part of the process.


Step 2: Take the time to think about it

Head on the handlebars, ultra-connected, constantly busy, solicited … Our attention has become the new currency of this world. Everything is done to capture it, monopolize it and convert it into a purchase …
Are you one of those people who spends hours reading comparative tests of toasters to be sure you make the right choice but make decisions about your career in minutes?
If so, reversing the trend is still possible! How about taking the time to think about yourself and your professional future ..? A little thought will allow you to identify your strengths, your skills and your motivations.

Step 3 : Look for an expansion in your current job

Before making the leap by leaving your company and finding perhaps your dream job, why not take a important leap in an environment you know; namely, your business. Indeed, why not find a new tasks to add to your current responsibilities ..?
This could initially satisfy to your need for change, but above all it would allow you to test how you react to a new situation. This transition from your current position (your comfort zone) to a new job (an unknown territory) will increase your confidence and gauge how you are managing the experience. It will also demonstrate first-hand experiences during a job interview when you talk about how you manage change pro-actively.

Step 4: Prepare yourself like a champion

Have you ever carried out a SWOT analysis on yourself ..? Identified the strengths and weaknesses of your profile and determined the threats and opportunities in your work environment? This analysis will bring you clarity and a sense of control and confidence (which will be apparent during job interviews too).
(Re) discovering your strengths, skills, passion and motivation will also help you refine your career choice in the future.

Step5: Identify your transferable competences

In the current market, it is not always easy to change the direction of your career. Applying to an industry or for missions « remote » from what is on your resume is an obstacle course.The reason is, companies are looking for candidates to « plug and work », who are able to quickly impact the bottom line quickly.
Fortunately, it is possible to successfully re-orientate yourself, but to do this you will need to demonstrate your ability to quickly adapt quickly to the new position through the transferable skills gained from your past experiences. You need to identify these skills as a first step and identify those that will add value to the targeted position.
There are many skills (such as communication, leadership, strategy, financial approach, flexibility, etc.) that are truly essential regardless of career direction.

Step 6 : Expand a quality network

Developing your network is probably one of the most valuable tips and yet it often remains under utilised.
With a few exceptions, candidates tend to underestimate the strength of their network and the ability to grow it.

Step 7: Develop your professional brand

I guess you’ve heard about “Professional or personal branding”. A simple definition: a mix of reputation, skills and personality. Your personal brand positions you as a candidate. We humans have an unfortunate tendency to want to pin labels (like it or not) on you to create your brand and make sure that we use a label that YOU have chosen! To go further, read this article .

Step 8: Stay focus


Stay focused on the goal and limit your actions! Step by step, you will slowly reach your goal. Opportunities will appear by themselves, ones that would not have been presented or that you would not have seen if you had not gone through this whole process of preparation. « If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. « Jack Dixon


Keep your goal in mind and never lose sight of how you feel when you cross the finish line!
Stay strong, stay focused ..!

Hello there,
Neither a writer nor a journalist, I am passionate about making the recruitment process better for both people and businesses. After an in-house experience within an asset management firm, I changed career and specialised into recruiting in the fund industry of Luxembourg. 
This blog is the opportunity to share my thoughts about the changing job market.
Feel free to stay connected and have a chat with me!

Stéphane Brun

Hello there,
Neither a writer nor a journalist, I am passionate about making the recruitment process better for both people and businesses. After an in-house experience within an asset management firm, I changed career and specialised into recruiting in the fund industry of Luxembourg. 
This blog is the opportunity to share my thoughts about the changing job market. 
Feel free to stay connected and have a chat with me!


Stéphane Brun


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The job market has changed... How did you change your job search?

Update your job search for 2019