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What's Next?

Posted on: 24 Jan 14


What's next after the interview?

So you’ve sent off hundreds of applications, sat through several interviews and researched jobs whilst sitting on the train. It’s tiring isn’t it? However, perseverance and patience will always yield results.

If you haven’t received an offer, take some time out to think about the following options:

1. Reassess your strategy

Going through the application process tests how much you want a particular job, what aspects of the job you prefer and whether it was all you’d imagined it to be. Throughout the job hunting process, your priorities may have shifted as you’ve discovered more about your preferences.

Not everyone has the luxury to spend months hunting for that ‘perfect job’. If you find yourself in a less-than-satisfying job to pay the rent, that’s fine – you can continue to set aside a little bit of time each week to apply for even just one job or contact one person. This moment in time is a good opportunity to reassess your career strategy. You may find that the types of jobs you apply for now are different to what you’d originally set out to do.

2. Discover where your weaknesses are and work on them

Have a good handshake and repeat their name after they introduce themselves. “Hi David, my name is Michael, Head of Finance”, “Hi Michael, nice to meet you”.

Acknowledging someone’s name can be the most important aspect in any interaction.

Practice this in your everyday conversations and you’ll be amazed at how much more you remember about that person, and how that person remembers you. Have some topics prepared for small talk about the traffic getting there, the weather or something you read in the news.

3. Be Tenacious

Tenacity is a common trait found in highly successful people. Their focus is on the outcomes, no matter how the process is thwarted. They also enjoy the process, and the process of having to change their process. See a common theme here?

There are so many incredible skills to gain in job hunting, whether that’s writing skills, presentation skills, being able to think on your-feet skills and contacting strangers skills all of which will enable you to become successful in your respective roles. So stand back, take a breath and keep going.

If you have received an offer congratulations!

Now it’s time to notify your current employer and;

4. Finish well

One might run a race well, but how you finish is going to determine your previous employers’ lasting impressions. Even if time at your previous company has been tough, finishing well sets you up for the next stage of your career.

Easier said than done, mentally checking out of your job before it actually finishes doesn’t help either. Make sure you’ve read your contract, you know how many weeks’ notice you need to give, and that you’re aware of what needs to be handed over before you leave.

Take this time to consolidate relationships within the company, tell as many people in person as possible, and actively keep in contact with this network of people.

Mike Wood, editor

Last updated on: 07/08/2014 14:06:44

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