The first step is to plan your approach to job-hunting. Start by deciding if you want a similar job to your most recent one, or whether you want to try something new.
Take a really thorough look at what you're good at, what you like doing, and where the gaps are in the market. And think beyond your most recent roles. There may be some aspect of an earlier job or career that you'd like to resurrect.
Consider, too, skills picked up outside the workplace, perhaps through study or voluntary work.
DECIDE WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO JOB HUNT
Think about trade publications and online job portals. Don't write off the more traditional approach, either. A good recruitment agent will listen to you and tailor the search accordingly. Sometimes, especially where executive-level roles are involved, the personal approach works best.
Networking is another key tool, particularly at a senior level. Go to conferences, and chat to your peers and seniors. Listen, too - you might get an idea of who's recruiting, or you might even hear about a specific role. Make sure industry insiders know you by name, and that they remember you as someone who is engaged and enthusiastic. Develop your existing network.
You may have to change sectors to find a new role - unless you are willing, or sufficiently well-off, to ride out the recession waiting for an identical role. Keep an eye on other industry areas - this will at least give you an idea of where job opportunities may lie.
Above all, don't panic. Needing to find a new job quickly can be overwhelming, but as with so much else, it's a matter of knowing what you want and how to get it.
Don't be caught on the hop - start thinking about it now, regardless of how secure your job may seem.
IF YOU ONLY DO FIVE THINGS:
- Develop a job-hunting strategy
- Do your research
- Build your network
- Hone your skills
- Be prepared to compromise
Courtesy of Caterer's sister title Personnel Today