We’ve got two new jobs open at eSuite. And just like the plumber who has a leaky toilet, I can tell you that recruiting for others is a lot easier than recruiting for yourself!
And it’s the same when looking for your next opportunity. Sometimes you are not the one who should be in the driving seat. Sometimes friends, family, professionals can help you more than you can help yourself.
Here are three activities we recommend if you get stuck in finding your next job opportunity:
1. Third party bio’s. There’s nothing much more awkward than writing a paragraph that explains how friggin good you are. How do you sell yourself properly without being too boasty? Take the weirdness out of it by asking your best friend to do it. You might be surprised by how they position you.
2. Friendly 360-degree reviews. 360-degree reviews can be awkward – especially in work situations that culminate in a “circle of trust” group activity. Here’s how to de-formalise it. Send a simple SMS to your closest friends and colleagues with “Hoping you can help me with something. I am looking for some honest feedback for my own development. As a close friend, can you text me your first thoughts on; 1. What do I do better than most people? 2. Where do you think I could most improve? I promise they will be taken with the best intentions.” The friends that include GIF’s in their response go up a level.
3. Your network’s network. Once you have a crystal clear view of what your next opportunity looks like, start sharing it with those close to you. But don’t just verbalise it; follow it with an ask. “Do you know anyone who might be able to help me achieve x?” Do it whether the link is obvious or not – you might be surprised by the number of “oh, my sister’s neighbours dad is…”
And, of course, we’re always here for you if you want help identifying your next move.