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slow but sureBrexit is causing serious job industry uncertainty. Will there be jobs available? Will companies make redundancies here and move abroad? Are recruiting managers looking for robots instead of humans?

Many candidates have told me that they are worrying that the job market is slowing down due to Brexit. But what real evidence do they have? It seems to me that recruitment agencies are scaremongering!

With uncertainty comes opportunity.

I believe that with uncertainty comes opportunity. During the last economic crisis, we saw companies close, but we also saw successes. Companies who were able to ride the waves of the crash, and candidates who were able to succeed in securing new jobs (and excelling in those roles).

In times of uncertainty, as a candidate you have to make things happen. In order to succeed in the job market, you need to go out there and be proactive! Here are a few things to do to keep your job search moving as we enter 2019…

Dedicate time to networking. 

I’m not talking about one minute elevator pitches or joining a whole heap of expensive networking groups. Throughout your career, no matter how settled you are, you should always be networking. Building contacts, talking to real people in the industry. It’s those people who will be best placed to make connections, give you information and advice when you next find yourself job seeking! And they will have a real life view of how the job market is doing, rather than getting worried about the views of a frustrated recruiter who hasn’t hit their monthly target. Never has there been a truer saying “It’s not what you know it’s who you know.” 

Use LinkedIn and Glassdoor to research the job market.

Most candidates love or hate social media. But LinkedIn is unique, as it is perfectly designed for the job seeker. Use LinkedIn and Glassdoor to do research, and figure out where there is growth. Which industries are hiring, and which aren’t? If your industry isn’t hiring right now, consider how your skills and experience could be applied to a slightly different role or industry. Perhaps a career change isn’t something you were considering, but when you drill down into your reasons for leaving your current job, you might realise a change of scenery isn’t such a bad thing…

Come and talk to me!

As a career management coach, I know exactly what’s going on in the world of recruitment and in the job market. What we’re finding is that there are less advertised jobs. In times of uncertainty, companies are cautious about hiring. They know that a failed hire could cost them badly, and often don’t want to take any risks. Jobs are often advertised internally, or through their network, rather than publicly. This is where having a good network is key! Knowing how to market yourself and make an impact is vital at times like this, so that you are in the forefront of people’s minds when they are looking for talent.

The questions we would cover together are:

  • What is your job seeking strategy?
  • How are you positioning yourself currently?
  • Would you be a recruitment manager’s first choice?

It may just need a few tweaks before you find yourself being offered your dream job!

If you’re not sure which career direction to go in, or you’re having difficulty in the job market please get in touch. Every day I work with candidates and help them to identify and secure jobs that motivate, inspire and challenge them. Is that what you’re looking for?

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Question search markAccording to new research by CIPD, almost half of our workforce are currently in roles that do not match their skills. Their whitepaper Over-Skilled and Under-Used is worth downloading. Are you one of them, neglecting to re-calibrate your career?

A reality we don’t often acknowledge is that careers are not for life! How often do you re-calibrate and re-evaluate your career? You might be thinking that changing careers is scary, costly and stressful. So why change career when you could manage your career more proactively instead, and continually assess, reevaluate, refocus your priorities?

The CIPD report reminds us that these dissatisfied workers could end up facing psychological distress, often have low job satisfaction, low motivation, low productivity levels and ultimately are more likely to quit. Recognise any of these in yourself and your current work situation?

Remember that your career doesn’t have to be forever. You might not hate your role, but is it pushing you, stretching you, helping you to learn and grow? There are several key milestones in your career that give you the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate and re-calibrate your career. 

When to re-calibrate your career.

 

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1 year1 year in.

Ask yourself how is it going? Are you enjoying your new job? Does it match the job description and what you were promised during the hiring process? Or is it different (that could be good or bad!). How are the people you are working with, have you integrated well? Are you using all your skills? If not how could you be using them? Are you learning, developing, expanding your knowledge?

 

2YR2 years in.

With a new job often comes new learning. But two years in, is the learning continuing? How often do you get opportunities for training, or to expand your knowledge base? Are you learning from your colleagues or are you simply sitting back and coasting now?

 

5YR5 years in.

After five years in a job, the classic itchy feet kick in. This is the time when most people have had enough of where they are, and want a major change. Before you get to this crisis point, reassess! What have you accomplished in your five years in the role, and is there more to be done? Are there opportunities for you to gain more responsibility or develop your role? Reassessing gives you a chance to request change, rather than suddenly feeling ‘oops I’ve fallen out of love with my job.’

The key to a happy, successful career is to constantly question and challenge yourself. 

Be aware of changes happening. In the workplace, in the industry, in the job market. Once you are employed we often forget to keep up with change (and can quickly find yourself left behind – which is problematic if you find yourself job hunting again). Are you still current in the marketplace? Are your skills keeping up with the times? Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, you don’t want to get left behind. Plus, self-learning is great for your morale, your knowledge base, your organization and your CV (read more about self-learning to accelerate your career!).

Think outside the office. 

So often I coach people who seem to have forgotten how to network! Even when you’re comfortably employed, never let yourself get too comfortable. Keep trying to build networks outside of your organisation or sector so that you have a real view of what’s going on in the industry and the wider world – not just what you think might be going on. It will also help to raise your profile and ensure you’re in people’s minds for opportunities that otherwise might pass you by.

The key to enjoying your job is to keep questioning it. If there’s an aspect that’s missing, or something you aren’t enjoying, challenge it. If you don’t, you’ll soon find yourself lacking motivation and wanting to leave.

Keep re-calibrating your career!

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Lately, I’ve attended a number of recruitment events. Sadly, I wasn’t amazed by how many fantastic candidates, enthusiastic employers or amazing job vacancies there were. Instead, what struck me most was how unprepared many attendees were! Both the candidates and the employers.

As a candidate, recruitment events can be invaluable. A chance to get face to face with employers who have real jobs, and show them who you are. But are you ready to grasp that opportunity?

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This is where the 6 Ps come in! As the saying goes, “Prior Planning Prevents P*** Poor Performance” and here that certainly applies! Don’t waste your time attending recruitment events until you are ready and can put your best foot forward through that door.

After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression. 

If you follow these steps and are prepared to network your socks off, you’ll leave a lasting impression at your next recruitment event!

Be Prepared! As you approach a stand, an employer may ask you… 

  • What could you bring to our organisation?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where do you see yourself in 1, 3, 5 years time?
  • We need someone who can XXX. Can you?

How would you respond?

Have some questions for them! This is a good way to demonstrate that you’re proactive and keen to know whether the company would be a good fit for you and your personality. Prepare questions such as: 

  • What are you looking for in a new employee?
  • Are there training / development opportunities?
  • Are you looking for skills or attitude?
  • What is your policy on work-life balance?

Next, complete our essential job event check list: JobFairChecklist

  • Get your Elevator Pitch right: Prepare a clear, concise pitch that you’ll be ready to present to potential employers. Remember, jobs fairs are essentially just networking events so prepare accordingly! Read more in our Career Ambitions Club (you can become a member for free!)
  • Go armed with an up to date CV and LinkedIn Profile: It’s important to have a current CV on hand at jobs fairs. But don’t neglect to update your LinkedIn profile too! If an employer finds discrepancies, they’re unlikely to hire you. Follow our tips to optimise your LinkedIn profile.
  • It’s not just your words that count! Your body language can give a lot away to a potential employer. Make sure that you are confident, open and make a good first impression. Read our guide to getting your body language right.
  • Know what you want. There’s no point wasting time attending recruitment events for the sake of it. The key is to know yourself, your innate motivations and what makes you tick. That way you’ll find a career that suits you – so you don’t have to repeat the process! This is where the LAB Profile steps in.

Now, scroll back up and give that quiz another go… what’s your goal this time? 

If you’ve followed all the steps in our guide, then you will be ready to impress those potential employers at your next recruitment event! Check out our events calendar to see what’s happening in the Cambridge area in the next few weeks. Good luck!  

If you’d like to have an informal chat with Katherine about preparing for your next career move, email her or call her on 01223 633535.

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As the seasons change, so does LinkedIn, so what are the latest changes to LinkedIn?LinkedIn

Since October 2016, LinkedIn has been rolling out its new user interface (or UI for short). It’s the biggest set of changes to LinkedIn since the launch in 2003. We’ve delved into this new look to help explain the changes and how to make the most of LinkedIn’s new functions…

Starting with LinkedIn’s new look. Instead of the old blue theme, the new LinkedIn is teal, grey and navy. The layout has changed, bringing it more in line with the mobile app and therefore more coherent across devices.

Now let’s explore LinkedIn’s new functions.

Of course, there are lots of changes to LinkedIn that we need to get to grips with. But in the meantime, we’ve whittled it down to the most useful (and important)…

homeHomepage: The new look homepage now features a mini preview of your personal profile to the left, which also gives you an indication of how many people are viewing your profile as well as your connections. At the top, you will find the update box, which now says ‘Share an article, photo, or update’, as well as a strong call to action ‘Write an article’ which takes you through to Publishing (more on this later).Share as article

While it looks fairly unchanged, the new newsfeed (or timeline) has been cleverly reworked behind the scenes, with a combination of algorithms and human curation ensuring that we are delivered more tailored and personal content.

SearchSearch: Some of the largest invisible changes to LinkedIn’s new roll out are to the search function. There are no longer the ‘advanced search’ options, meaning you can’t filter your results by name, title or postcode location. You can still filter by your level of connection, a wider location, company or so on. You can also now use LinkedIn’s search bar to find jobs, companies, groups and schools from the search bar.

meMe: The profile section has now become ‘Me’. Profiles have been redesigned, with the main image now much larger at 1536 x 738px. Profile images are slightly smaller and circular. The main change to note is that only the first two lines of your profile summary now show, unless a viewer clicks ‘See More’. So every word counts! The contact details have also moved to the right hand side of the profile page.

my networkMy Network: If you go to ‘My Network’ you will notice that a lot of the content seems to have changed. The page now just shows youconnections your pending invitations, as well as suggested connections. There is an overview of your current connections with a total number, and the option to ‘see all’. There is also the existing option to import contacts from email.

notificationsNotifications: Instead of a flag, notifications are now indicated by a bell and they have been granted their own page! It’s easier to see all your notifications, including endorsements, engagements, who’s viewing your profile, posts being shared, new jobs and so on…

messengingMessaging: What used to be Inbox has now transformed into the more streamline messaging. LinkedIn has introduced an instant messaging (or chat) function – allowing you to engage with connections more quickly and easily. It also allows you to click out of messaging yet continue your chat while you browse other pages on LinkedIn. Of course, the existing messaging inbox functions remain too

jobsJobs: LinkedIn’s smart new jobs portal combines networking with job hunting! The page shows any jobs you’ve saved, applied to or posted, as well as ‘Jobs you may be interested in’. This is where LinkedIn’s Premium membership really shines – it also shows which jobs you would be a ‘top applicant’ for by comparing you to others, as well as allowing you to contact recruiters directly and be a featured applicant.

lookupLookup: The final new feature to note is LinkedIn Lookup. It’s actually a separate app, but it’s a useful resource! The app allows you to search for people (by company and email address) before you head into a meeting with them. Allowing you to gather important background information before you are face to face!

With over 467 million users around the world, LinkedIn leads the way for job seekers and recruiters alike. Will you be LinkedIn or left out in 2017?


Do you need help to use LinkedIn effectively so that you can proactively manage your career? Then please get in touch with Katherine and Lindsey; we’d love to help.

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Did you know that nearly 8 million people plan on changing jobs in 2016?

If you’re heading out into the job market this year, you’re not alone. Long gone are the days where you can submit a CV for a job and expect to be top of the interview pile based on that alone. With 80% of employers admitting to using Google as their first port of call when recruiting (according to Monster.com), it’s more important than ever to be a little self-obsessed.

GoogleThe first step? Google yourself. That’s right. Type your name into that little white search box and see what comes up… What does the World Wide Web have to say about you? What are those potential employers going to unearth?

What is Personal Branding?

What do you want to be known for? Are you an Excel Guru, an HR Superstar, an Expert Problem-Solver or a Creative Genius? Personal branding is the way in which you present yourself and your career – across all marketing channels.

Building Brand YOU.

Social Media: Do you have active profiles on the likes of LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram…? Social media is such a major part of our lives today that if you’re not online, you simply don’t exist to many employers.

LinkedIn leads the way in the recruitment industry, with 89% of recruiters reporting having hired someone through the site, so that’s a great place to start. Spend a little time building a professional, cohesive profile – no matter what industry you would like to work in, it’s the world’s largest professional networking site. You may then also want to build a presence on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram, depending on the industry your work in. But remember to keep your social media profiles up to date! Being out of date or irrelevant won’t send great signals to any potential employer…

We always recommend keeping Facebook for friends and family only, so check your privacy settings and make sure it’s not open to all.

Networking: If social media isn’t your thing, then it’s more important than ever to have a presence at local networking events. Attending these is a great way to build a name for yourself and gain important contacts. But it’s a slow process. With free and instant career management tools such as LinkedIn, why wouldn’t you want to present your career brand online?

When networking, the next time someone asks: “What do you do?” don’t answer with your official job title. Be a little more creative – and imagine they asked, “How do you make a difference?” Katherine’s response is “helping people come to terms with major changes in their careers”.  Now that answer is far more interesting and says a lot more than “career coach.”

Brand YOU is without a doubt the most important brand in the world. In 2016, invest in yourself. Spend time evaluating and improving your personal branding, in order to compete with the 8 million jobseeking in 2016.

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Recruitment has changed drastically in the past five years. For many organisations, a CV is no longer enough. Companies are taking out their own independent research before shortlisting candidates and the first place they look is online.

What information about you is readily available for all to see online?

What does it say about you?

And are you switching recruiters on or off?

 

Social media has altered the world of recruitment in a number of different ways:

Online Brand and Networking

About 60% of jobs are secured through networking. This remarkable statistic may be of particular surprise to the individuals and organisations that still rely on the traditional covering letter/CV.

Jerome Ternynck, CEO of SmartRecruiters, says that CV’s have now evolved into profiles. With a CV, there is no context built around it. Through the use of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profiles, hiring managers can get a sense of your social footprint to help provide a three dimensional view of potential candidates.

Do’s and Don’ts

Be careful what you post online.

If your Facebook account is full of photos of you’d rather your employer didn’t see and your Twitter profile contains posts critising your current boss  and place of employment, how likely are you to get to the top of the interview pile?

 ‘Applying’ for Jobs

Arguably the biggest change of all is that candidates no longer need to ‘actively’ express an interest in a job to be approached by a company or recruiter. This is particularly common on LinkedIn which offers a fantastic opportunity to all of its 200million+ global users to be approached by recruiters with worthwhile jobs that they may not have otherwise seen.

LinkedIn and Career Networking Masterclass

How would you like to unlock the full potential of your online career brand?  I’m sure you already know that LinkedIn and other social networking tools are only as good as the effort you spend on them. If you hardly ever sign-in and have a picture-less ‘profile’ that contains your name and current job title, don’t be surprised that you’re not seeing any action!

We are hosting a LinkedIn and Career Networking Masterclass in Cambridge on March 28 which will illustrate the changes in the way recruiters and employers are now approaching candidates and show how you can maximise your online profile so that you can be found rather than trawling job boards and knocking on recruiters’ doors.  We will also share effective techniques to concisely summarise your unique skills and personal brand when meeting people face to face.

It is a practical all-day event that will change the way you think about applying for jobs. For more information, click here.

Career Ambitions is dedicated to enabling individuals realise their dreams by finding the career that is most suited to them. Contact us via support@careerambitions.co.uk or 01223 633535 to see how we can help you.

 

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We have regularly preached the benefits of networking. It’s amazing that the simple act of getting out there and talking to people has – brought career opportunities to so many.

Social media, of course, makes networking easier than ever before, with round-the-clock opportunities to ‘meet’ like-minded people and potential career influencers on LinkedIn and Twitter.

But there’s nothing quite like a face-to-face conversation to make an impression on someone, so we strongly advise keeping an eye out for the right events in your area that will help you meet influencers within your chosen profession.

It’s Christmas!

At Christmas you’re likely to find yourself networking more than ever, albeit on a more informal basis.

Cringe worthy!

Keep your business cards handy and polish off your elevator pitch this December because it is traditionally the one time of year when you’re most likely to meet new people, go to social gatherings, visit extended family and, of course, attend the (infamous!) work Christmas party.

Most of us will have seen, heard or even been involved in a Christmas party horror tale, where the merriment amongst colleagues quickly got out of hand.

Lindsey and Katherine have heard stories where free bars have led to fights between colleagues, while many of us have, after a few too many festive drinks, decided that now was the time to tell your boss exactly what you thought of him. Yes, Katherine has been guilty of this one!

What’s more, the regular use of social media and cameras on phones has further increased the risks associated with Christmas party antics.

Despite the potential pitfalls, the festive season is always a great way to make a good impression, particularly on senior management or influencers in your field, who you may not deal with regularly on a day-to-day basis.

To navigate through the festive networking season, stick to the three steps below, throw in a bit of common sense and you should be fine:

  1. Don’t over indulge! Yes, it’s obvious but it’s the most important thing to remember. Particularly when there’s a free bar involved, it can be difficult to monitor your alcohol intake but it’s important to remember where you are. When networking, you’re always keen to make the best impression possible – don’t change this mind-set just because it’s Christmas.
  2. Remember who you’re with: That doesn’t just mean not getting blind drunk. It means no ‘raunchy’ nightclub-style dancing, no risqué jokes and definitely no advances on colleagues! We all know the boundaries within our close circle of friends, but be aware that you’re mixing with people from a range of different backgrounds, so be sensible.
  3. Be Sociable: Don’t hide away. This is a great way to socialise with your colleagues outside of the usual high-pressure working environment, so relax, use the opportunity to get to know people better and enjoy the occasion!

Career Ambitions is dedicated to enabling individuals realise their dreams by finding the career that is most suited to them. Contact us via support@careerambitions.co.uk or 01223 633535 to see how we can help you.

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Career management is such a dynamic and varied field – at Career Ambitions we strive to keep all our clients abreast of changes and progression opportunities in the world of work.

November may only just be underway, but we’re already starting to plan our Training & Workshop Agenda for 2014.

2014 wish list

And we need YOUR help!

Whether you’ve attended one of the 20 events we’ve hosted in 2013 or not, we are keen to hear what you think would help you to manage your career more proactively!

Mentioned below are some of the events and workshops we’ve hosted so far in 2013, categorised into three sections: Career Preparation, What Career, and Executive Spotlight Sessions.

We are very grateful if you could answer the following questions and share your thoughts with us at support@careerambitions.co.uk

  • Which events that we’ve hosted in the last 12 months would you like more of?
  • What do you want to learn more about?
  • Can you suggest any career-related events that we’ve not hosted in 2013 that you’d like to see?
  • Is there anything missing that you think should be added to our 2014 schedule?

Career Preparation

Our Career Skills Workshops were primarily aimed at individuals who were facing redundancy, or had recently been made redundant. These interactive sessions enabled our clients to feel empowered to rebuild their confidence, and experience powerful insights into how to use their transferable skills to stand out from other candidates.

Workshops specifically looked at taking the fear out of Job Interviews, Writing a Powerful CV,  Networking the 21st Century way – Using Linkedin.

Feedback Received

“The skills you taught me were invaluable. So thank you – it gave me a big confidence boost.” Melanie-Jane, Cambridge.

 

“I picked up lots of useful tips, even though I have been employed for more than 40 years!”  Kevin, Cambridge.

 

“Without exaggeration, I would like to say that Monday’s workshop was one the most useful days of 2013. I learnt a great deal.” Bharat, Cambridge.

What Career?

These workshops were for people who were unhappy in their job, at a career crossroads or reassessing their career path. Our clients found clarity about what makes them tick and the tools to turn their career ideas into reality.

Your Feedback

“I now have a clear idea about what it is I shine at and what it is I want to aim for. I have even been offered a job! I recommend this What Career workshop to ANYONE who has reached an impasse with their career.” Jane, Peterborough.

Executive Spotlight Sessions

Our Executive Spotlight sessions are half-day events which are designed to help professionals look at – and improve – a particular element of their careers.

Topics for our Executive Spotlight sessions included a “How to” series on Getting Found on LinkedIn, First Impressions, Reducing your Money Worries, Utilising Recruitment Consultants to your Advantage, Presenting like Steve Jobs and, most recently, Dealing with Difficult Conversations in the workplace.

These Spotlight Sessions also included guest speakers with vast experience in their particular field.

Your Feedback

“Lindsey and Katherine bring so much to each session they deliver.” Sarah, St Neots.

 

“It’s a very encouraging event where people of all skills and background are given the chance to present and receive constructive feedback in safe hands.”  Ivan, Cambridge.

What do you think? Which of these sessions would appeal to you – and is there anything we’ve missed? Whether you’ve attended one of our events or not, please let us know how we can help you accelerate your career!

You can email your thoughts to support@careerambitions.co.uk, comment below or tweet us @AmbitionsClub

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Whether you’re 25 or 55, it’s never too late to learn new skills. And it’s never too late to find the career – and job – that you want.

If you’re unsure of your current career path, or are unhappy in your job, the message is simple:

Do something about it.

Too many individuals are sitting around waiting for the country to emerge from the recession when, hopefully, more job opportunities will arise.

But, with the job market being as competitive as it is, what they should be doing is investing in themselves.  Giving themselves further skills and qualifications to be ready for when the right opportunities do emerge.

In other words, fast-tracking their career.

“It is never too late to become what you might have been and it’s never too late to start” ~ George Eliot.

If you’re keen to move forward in your career, it’s important to always be doing just that – moving forward.

How are you bettering yourself? Are you regularly scouring for opportunities?

It’s important to maintain the inherent self-motivation to keep bettering yourself and, where possible, making necessary investments in to coaching and courses that you think will enhance this progression.

Think about personal development.  Are you being proactive? Are there networking events in your chosen industry that you could attend? Are you regularly monitoring industry trends?

Finally, and arguably most importantly in 2013, are your social media profiles up-to-date and visible – and attractive – to potential recruiters?

“If you change nothing, nothing changes.” Dr Joyce.

Employers are already changing their mindset to respond to the evolving economic climate.  They are designing robust recruitment processes, together with innovative employee engagement, training and development strategies.

Now, what are you doing about investing in yourself?

Click here to find out more about accelerating your career, or visit the Career Ambitions Club, where numerous tools and exercises are in-place to help your career progression.


Career Ambitions is dedicated to enabling individuals realise their dreams by finding the career that is most suited to them. Contact us via support@careerambitions.co.uk or 01223 633535 to see how we can help you.

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Selling yourself

If you’re looking for a new job, networking is an extremely important part of the process. Its benefits are endless!

  • It enables you to meet the key people in your industry;
  • offers a chance for you to get your name and merits ‘out there’;
  • gain referrals
  • gives you experience of talking to the kind of people who you hope you will soon be working alongside.

With this in-mind, it’s important to keep an eye out for the right events in your area (such as the upcoming Pitching for Management event in Cambridge on the 6th February), which will help you to meet influencers within your chosen profession.

The most important tool within networking is the ‘Elevator speech’.

This is the term given to a 30 second speech, which is the time an average person will give you a ‘free pass’ to talk for before they either lose interest or have to get back to what they were previously doing.

The Elevator Speech is not about asking for a job, it is about ensuring that you connect with the right people. Though you can have different variants depending on your audience, it’s important that you have an Elevator Speech ready for any networking situation.

 Preparing your Elevator Speech

So, how do you concisely make the best first impression possible in 30 seconds?

Firstly, it is very important not to appear desperate! This is the quickest way to lose the interest of the person to whom you are speaking.  Remember, the person you’re speaking to may not be hiring (right now). However, they may know someone who is, which means you must approach the conversation as someone that is networking and looking to make contacts in the industry.

Other things to remember include:

Focus on key accomplishments:  Try to relate your ‘pitch’ to the type of position you are seeking. What have you previously achieved in their industry?

Avoid Labels: Most professions and industries can carry certain stereotypes.  As you only have 30 seconds to work with, it might be wise to avoid ‘labels’ at this stage. Be interesting, but leave something for later in the conversation.

Be natural: Yes, it’s effectively a pre-planned speech but it shouldn’t be obviously so! An obviously memorized speech will have the opposite effect of what you’re trying to achieve and the other person will turn off very quickly.

Don’t be ‘me, me, me!’: While it is your window of opportunity, be careful to avoid repeating the word ‘I’ (ideally say it just once within your initial sentence). It is a conversation, after all.

Avoid jargon: To make an impact in 30 seconds, try to be concise and use simple, conversational language.

Prepare for follow-up questions:  Look beyond the initial 30 seconds and ensure that you’re suitably equipped with half-a-dozen follow-up questions that convey the depth of your knowledge of your chosen field.

Practice! Once you think you have a good Elevator Speech, the final steps are to write it down and then practice. Gather opinion from your friends and family and ensure what you’re saying what you’re saying becomes second nature.

While an important ‘elevator speech’ isn’t the be-all and end-all of job searching, being suitably equipped for all-manner of networking situations will only help your future career prospects.

Once you’re at a networking event, ensuring you’re prepared for the first 30 seconds of any meeting could just lead to the job opportunity you’ve been waiting for…

Career Ambitions regularly host Career Skills workshops that are FREE to those facing redundancy in the east of England. To find out more details, click here.

Career Ambitions is dedicated to helping individuals realise their dreams by finding the career that is most suited to them. Contact us via support@careerambitions.co.uk or 01223 633535 to see how we can help you.

 

 

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