Heading for the Exit? Part 2 of 2

This is the second post in this series –  some more stuff you need to know if you’re about to exit your current job. Read Part 1 here

  • Follow a structured process for your work search – trawling the internet is statistically the least effective way to find a job, because especially in Ireland, where the population is small, the majority of positions are NEVER advertised. Finding a job IS your job for now, and you’ll be more effective if you manage it in a series of steps e.g. defining what you want, identifying target sectors & potential employers, developing a marketing plan for you to connect and meet with hiring managers, and having an action-based approach to complete key tasks each week. One figure I’ve heard quoted is that you should spend 25 hours per week on search related actions; networking, research, planning etc.
  • Review your transferable skills – what do you have in your toolkit that could fulfil a need for a prospective employer, either on a full time or part-time basis. What problems can you solve? Many people who have been with the same employer for some time find it really difficult to see their skills and achievements objectively.
  • Prepare a positive “exit statement” – of course your situation can be difficult, worrying and upsetting. However, once you are ready to think about what you want, it’s really helpful to sit down and prepare an “exit statement”. This is basically what you will say to anyone you meet, who asks you “what are you doing these days?”. Common mistakes here are to respond something like “not great, I’m about to lose / have lost my job so I’m not really sure what I want to do – I’m really angry at the way XYZ Corp has treated me and hope they rot in hell”… you get the picture. While your feelings are perfectly understandable, this is where you have to be able to put a positive spin on things (even though you may feel the opposite). I mean, you didn’t “lose” your job – that would be unfortunate, and to lose two might be seen as being “downright careless” (with apologies to Oscar Wilde). If you say something like “Well my current contract with XYZ is finishing up at the end of the month, so at the moment I’m planning for my next steps. I’ve learned a lot in this job about yadda, yadda & yadda, so I’m looking for something that I can use these skills, maybe in this area …. Or that… so if you know anyone that I could connect with to find out more about these, do let me know”. Straight away you have been really clear with the other person about what you want and how they can help you – most people do love to help!

These are the key things that my career coaching clients and I find most effective, and I wanted to share them so you can make your transition to a new role as smooth as possible.

Your comments & feedback welcome as always  … Liz Barron, Realize Coaching www.realize.ie