There may be times when your career change or job search activity just isn’t working. You don’t get any response to your job applications or a call-back following interviews. It happens all the time and no matter what you do, nothing works. It’s frustrating and more than ever, when you just don’t know or understand why you’re getting no results.
There is nothing unusual about this and you’re not alone facing this dilemma, it happens to most people at some stage in their career, however when all efforts come to nothing then maybe it’s time to cry for help.
Everyone has their own areas of expertise in relation to work. Preparing for and managing a professional job search is not usually one of them. It is something that we don’t do very often in our lives. The fewer times the better most would say.
This all goes to prove that our abilities at job search are not something at which we are well practised and leaves a lot to be desired in terms of up-to-date thinking, methodologies and the newer job-search techniques.
However there are those who do all this for a living and needless to say they are well practised and willing to offer any assistance you may require.
So in short, why not ask for help when something needs to be fixed?
Despite what you may think there are Career Consultants all over the place and who are in a position to assist you with any career issues you may have. These people are available, and more often than not will cost a lot less than you think, so don’t be put off by the word consultant.
Assistance can be provided on a one to one private consultation basis where a consultant will happily listen to your concerns and advise how they can help after taking a careful and detailed look at your career history and aspirations for the future.
This help covers such aspects as your career direction, CV construction, your interview and presentation and job search activity along with lots of other details too much to mention here. Any part or parts of the process can be provided at your request.
If you are part of a company where redundancies are pending that same assistance may be made available but it is usually referred to as Corporate Outplacement. In this instance the assistance provided may be on a one to one basis or in small groups and carried out over one, two or more days. The format usually depends on the numbers involved, the location, the timing and the budget. If you are in that situation and the service has not been offered: ask for it. It’s very much the norm.
For private individuals www.irishjobs.ie provides such help, click Career Direction on the homepage and view the various levels of help available. As mentioned there are also many Career Consultants providing assistance at all levels and in great detail and by doing a search on the web for exactly that ‘Career Consultants Ireland’ it will produce a sizable list one of which could be – and yes you guessed it, the Jobdoctor at www.jobdoctor.ie
Make a few phone calls; choose one you like the sound of, also one with experience and a good record of success. Make an appointment for an initial discussion which should be at no cost, outline your concerns and get a quotation for the assistance that you want. Do not be railroaded into services that you are not fully convinced you need.
Believe me it will probably cost a lot less than you expect so do regard it as money well spent especially when you compare the income you will derive as a result of a speedy redeployment against not working at all.