How to identify the problem of getting a new job.

As a career coach and professional CV writer, I always get contacted by people who want help with their job search when things are going wrong.

But why wait until something is going wrong? Why not get help before:

  • You spend hours feeling overwhelmed by the jobs out there and wondering which is right for you.
  • You struggle with your CV and feel crushed by the endless rejections (or complete silence) from companies you have applied to.
  • You turn up to interview after interview but are never the chosen candidate.
  • You suffer from a complete lack of confidence and self-belief that you will ever be good enough to get a better role.

Well, I have an early Christmas present for you. So, buckle up and let the sleigh ride commence.

How would you like a new job in the New Year?

If you are struggling with anything in the list above and cannot seem to move forward getting that new career path, the first thing we need to do is identify the problem.

To illustrate what I am about to share, let’s talk buying a hot chocolate.

To buy a hot chocolate, you need to:

  1. Reach the shop.
  2. Have the right money.
  3. Make sure the shop serves what you want.
  4. Buy the hot chocolate.

Note at no point in this transaction did you feel a failure if you did not achieve the end goal. If the shop did not sell the hot chocolate, you would simply repeat the process and go to another shop. Your confidence is not harmed – this is because you understand the process and it is not “personal’ if the shop says, “I’m sorry, we don’t sell hot chocolate!”

Now let’s apply this lesson to finding a job. It is a process. To get a job, you need to:

  1. Reach the interview stage.
  2. Have the right skills.
  3. Make sure the job is the right fit for what you need.
  4. Get the job.

But this time, you do take the process personally and you do not feel confident enough to keep trying for other jobs if the recruiter says, “I’m sorry, another candidate better fits our needs.”

However, when you start to view it as a process two things happen. One, it becomes less personal – therefore confidence and self-belief are not harmed. Two, you can take control and evaluate which stage of the process is going wrong – and do something about it.

Are you getting shortlisted when you apply to roles?

Yes? The problem is not likely to be at the application stage. Move on to the next question.

No? If you are sending out your CV to job after job and just not getting invited to the interview stage, the problem is likely to be at the application stage of the process. So,

  1. Review your CV and make sure it is really fit for purpose.
  2. Review your covering letter and make changes to improve it.
  3. Still struggling? Consider professional CV writing services.

Are you being interviewed regularly but not getting offers from jobs that fit?

Yes? The problem is likely to be at the recruitment stage – either you are applying to the wrong fit jobs, are missing or not selling your skills that the job requires, or you need to improve interview techniques. So,

  1. Review your strengths against the specifications the job requires.
  2. Identify whether you need to obtain specific skills through training.
  3. Evaluate if you would benefit from interview practice techniques.
  4. Reflect on if you really know the type of role that is right for you.
  5. Still struggling? Consider career coaching services.

Want to have an early Christmas present to help find that new job in the New Year?

Mapleleaf Vision is offering for a limited time only – expires midnight 20th December 2022:

  • interest free installment plans on all bespoke / VIP coaching programmes (saving 10%)
  • book now, start January option (deposit required to hold place)
  • free CV review for every coaching programme booking made within offer period
  • special early-bird free CV enhancement – make your CV look great on a professional template (not a rewriting service) for coaching programmes booked by 6pm on 5th December 2022

To find out more, book your free career coaching consultation here – and make 2023 the year that you got the job of your dreams.



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