The International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring is the leading accreditation authority for professional coaches. They know that to secure your desired career change requires smart planning and determination. Here, their director, Dawn Ann Campbell, offers you 5 top tips to getting your job search off to the right start:

1. Use your free time wisely – be proactive and get in touch with what you really want to do with the rest of your life.  This is about finding your passion, your purpose and achieving your potential, rather than continually saying what you could do.

2. Put it in writing – get out of your head and start to get things on paper. Write down your ideal job profile, making sure it reflects your strengths, passion, creative spirit and sense of purpose. Write down the type of industry or company you want to work in.  Doing this will help clear your thoughts and maximise your job satisfaction.  Not least it will help you recognise the right job when it presents itself to you.  

3. Dust off your CV – this couldn’t be more important. Keep it up to date.  Do some research on how to make it read and look its best.  Ask your trusted family and friends to read it over. They might catch some obvious mistakes you’ve missed. Failing that, ask a career coach and or a recruitment specialist to help you.

4. Be your best self – if your CV looks great on paper, but you aren’t in great shape yourself, you’ll end up giving mixed messages to a potential employer.  So, look after your mental and physical health, and make sure what you say about yourself truly matches who you are.

5. Get help wherever you can – there’s no reason not to go to the professionals. They’ll help you make sure you’ve covered your bases and can really turbocharge your job search.

6. Consider volunteering – doing good for others by ‘paying it forward’ isn’t just highly rewarding, it’s fulfilling.  It’s a valuable test of your character, and one that employers will pay attention to. Volunteering is also a great way to meet like-minded individuals who may be helpful connections to have down the road.

7. Network like an Olympian – 75% of jobs are never advertised, so it’s who you know, not what you know that matters when you’re looking for a new job.  Put yourself out there and you’ll end up on employers ‘keep in mind’ list for when the next opportunity comes up.

Final words or wisdom, if you can’t find the right job out there for you, go and create your own.  Research the pros and cons of becoming self-employed.  Just remember, that whatever you do, make sure you give it your best shot and enjoy the journey.

For help, inspiration, guidance and or motivation work, with a coach and or mentor to help you achieve your career or business goals faster than you would on your own.  Choose from our properly trained practitioners who are professionally accredited here