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Know your destination and find your next role

Know your destination and find your next role

You need a clear picture of your ideal next role, which you need to be able to describe succinctly to your networking contacts and recruiters.

Defining your next role

There is an opportunity to change your next role by stepping up into a more senior role, or perhaps to change to a “hot” industry or to work for a leading company. Most applicants attempt to cover the market too widely, using a wide lens telescopic approach, rather than the highly targeted approach of a professional photographer, capturing a close-up shot in perfect focus.

Why a close-up?

Close-ups are used in movies to show a character?s emotions and to distinguish the main characters. Similarly, it is important to clearly differentiate your ideal role from all the other potential roles you may consider. The better understanding you have of your ideal role, the easier it will be to plan your search campaign.

 How (not) to describe your ideal role

Recently a job board site asked active job seekers the hard question: “What?s your ideal role in an organization?” By far the majority of responses (more than 8,000) were general and vague. Answers ranged from “administrator” to “be a positive team player” to “jack of all trades” to “middle management”. Based on these responses, it is clear that many job seekers are not sure of their next role, or how to get there.

Defining your ideal role – 5 things to do

1. An effective way of defining your ideal role is to start with your current role. Write down the key elements of your role - position title, industry, size of the business, and key responsibilities.

2. List all of the aspects that you really like and what you would also want in your next role.

3. Think about any aspects of your role that you don?t like.

4. Look at recent job ads that attracted your attention and write down the key words that captivated your interest.

5. Lastly, write a clear statement of your ideal role, keeping in mind this is the role you are targeting, which will affect your job search strategy.

TOOLKIT  

A powerful toolkit has been developed to help you to determine your "Ideal Role".

You are guided through the steps of bringing your "Career choices" into focus.

Then use the "CV Manager" to build a tailored CV for each role!

 

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Charles is an HR careers expert with a strong focus on talent management. He has been an HR Director in three countries, a senior line manager and a consultant. Charles holds a degree in Psychology and has completed advanced studies in HR and change management.

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