1 – Register on LinkedIn and complete your profile so that you are attractive to prospective recruiters and anyone looking there for someone like you. Here’s a link to a short series of blogs I wrote recently on the value of LinkedIn. Once registered you can then use LinkedIn to connect with past colleagues and business contacts. In due course you can then seek their advice and help to find your next role.
2 – Cut your CV down to 2 pages. Remember the key point is that a CV is not about getting a job. It’s about getting an interview. It needs to describe you as a person, not simply what you’ve achieved at work. And 2 pages is all it needs to be. In practice you will also want to tailor it to each role you go for.
3 – Think about your friends and other people you know who could introduce you to the sort of new employer you’d like to work with. Then talk to your friends etc and ask their advice about how to secure intros to those people. Have a clear story as to what value you would be to a new employer. By the way, the more specific you can be as to the type of business you are looking to work with, the more you increase the chance of someone being able to effect a suitable introduction.
4 – Depending on the type of role you are considering going for you might find networking to be a worthwhile activity. Important to recognise that networking is best done when you are not desperate, and are in position to ‘give’, help and share more than you seek to ‘take’ or gain until people get to know, like and trust you. I’ve written quite a bit about networking (on and offline) on my blog.
The above list is adapted from an email I sent to a friend of a friend recently after he sought my advice re his new job hunt. He’s an FD and looking to move into a more entrepreneurial environment. I offered the following tip in this regard:
5 – Within my portfolio career I am Head of The FD Chamber – a network run by Winmark in partnership with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. More details here. You’ll see it’s for in-role FDs and that our focus is onFDs in companies with a turnover above £1m. Such businesses tend to be more entrepreneurial than are the members of Winmark’s other networks. I mention this as on the benefits page of the site there is a chart that highlights all of the areas in which FDs typically need to be skilled. Again this may help you to pick out key areas to highlight so as to make your CV stand out and be attractive to prospective employers.