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Kevin PDate Secured Job: 5 March 2018
“My CV was 10 years old and LinkedIn the less said the better!”
Here are some of my top tips I learned along the way, whilst job searching…
Thanks to all those who attend the job clubs for their sound advice – thanks to Mark for the pictures and Dharin for his hints re contracting.
Lots of wisdom to give especially as I do not come from any form of management background.
My top tips learned whilst job searching:1. Do your finances – at what point do you need to earn money and how much to survive or prosper.
2. Be flexible as the first role you may get may not be end goal
3. Get you CV and LinkedIn pages in order
4. Update job boards and LinkedIn on weekly basis
5. Talk to recruiters – connect to them understand their role
6. Plan your day, or week what tasks should you aim to do
7. Study improve your skill set (lots of free courses out there) make you more employable
8. Keep fit physically/mentally
9. Keep in touch with friends or ex colleagues use them as a sounding board or a place to moan about life
10. Always have additional options / plans short or long term
11. Sign up to job seeker allowance; okay about £74 peer week but I used mine to sub the e-courses I am doing
“I had been struggling with my job search for many months and couldn’t understand where I was going wrong and why I was continually being rejected. The M3 Job Club was able to provide me with the information that answered many of these questions and ultimately led to me finding my way back to employment”.
“I was made redundant last year and despite several interviews and numerous other job applications I was not able to secure a new role in over 5 months. I eventually turned to the M3 Job Club to find answers to why I wasn’t being successful in my job search.
“I found the Club very warm and welcoming and the presentations by the various experts were packed with useful information and insight that I hadn’t even considered. The advice from fellow members was invaluable too.
“I was able to find answers to my questions about where I had been going wrong and low-and-behold it wasn’t too long after I had started attending the Club that I was able to secure a job”.
Steve secured a Senior IT Engineer position which is a permanent role based in Central London. We wish him every success for the future – M3JC
“My cheese moved in 2011, large corporate, good job, it is still moving. Being with people in the same boat at the M3JC helps come to terms with these changes”
“My cheese moved in 2011, large corporate, good job, it is still moving. Being with people in the same boat at the M3JC helps come to terms with these changes.
For example, I got a job last week but it is a very different outcome from what I expected. Out of five applications that were progressing (the companies came back to talk to me) I first got some encouraging news from an “insider” of one company. I felt comfortable that I would find my niche in a large company with a strong future and many friends already inside.
The good feedback I was getting changed me. It was noticed by my friends and the following interviews went very well.
But, for the first interview I tried really hard. I worked intensively on a presentation, researched all the facts, practised answering interview questions, full time in the days between being approached and turning up for the interview.
I was getting excited, and despite the challenges, my friends in the M3JC were facing for themselves, they made me feel great. ( Thank you. )
I got a shock. The first interview where I was well qualified, they rejected me. The interview process was very professional, the people were very competent, and I had good friends inside. It just did not click with me on the day.
Then wow, all the others offered me jobs. Bigger jobs, higher salaries, it even seems like I am the only one they wanted and they were very keen for me to accept.
So, from having an empty ‘cheese-board’ and fearing a famine of cheese, I have a feast of cheese: All based on how my friends made me feel on the day.
Everyone in the M3JC has the capacity, competence and commitment to do their thing in a job nearby. After all the preparation, I think that what it takes is to feel great on the day.
So, to the very warm and welcoming people in the M3JC, you [Judith], Richard and the team with him that made it happen, I would like to pass on my deepest gratitude and chocolates”.
For reference, the reference to cheese is based on the session run by Diarmaid Fitzpatrick and from the book, “Who Moved My Cheese”.
“The club has been a source of moral and emotional support during a very difficult phase in my career. I saw a number of other professionals in the same boat as myself. Besides, I also made some good friends during my time at the club.”
“I have enjoyed being a part of the M3 Job Club. I was impressed with the range of talks and the speakers at the club. The interview tips and tricks have been very useful and I also found some of the talks and speakers to be very inspirational.
I value all the experiences and my time at the job club, and I wish the club all the best for future years in their endeavour to support job seekers in finding employment.
I have experienced both ups and downs since I was made redundant from my previous job In July 2017. I felt that life had treated me unfairly and that I was very depressed.
However, I decided to do a number of things that would change the way I thought about life. Attending the job centre plus, volunteering at a local charity, attending the job club as well as practising mindfulness and reading books on personal development. Initially, during my job search I was only looking for highly paid senor jobs matching my previous position. However, I slowly I realised that this wasn’t practical.
I started tapping into previous networks as well as doing job searches almost regularly every day using a range of search tools including Linked in, Total Jobs, New Scientist jobs, Reeds, as well as Jobsite and Universal job match.
One of the things that helped me keep sane during this time was the time I spent with my family going out as well as spending some quality ‘me’ time reading books and time with friends.
My hard work eventually paid dividends. The current role that I have been offered actually appeared to have lower job specifications as compared to my previous job. I still applied for it. However, after the telephone and personal interview, the company were impressed with my performance and my experience that they offered me a competitive salary and relocation package.
My advice for the M3 Job Club members would be to not be disheartened in the job search as there is light at the end of the tunnel. My second piece of advice would be to explore a wider range of roles even if they appear to be at a lower level than what one has been used to. I would say if one is really good at one’s job then ones true value would be recognised by an experienced interviewer in the process.
I wish all the members at the job club all the best and hope that each one of you sooner or later would be successful in finding an opportunity”.
“I think the M3 Job Club offers great support to those seeking new roles. The camaraderie is fantastic as is the quality of the speakers.”
“I was made redundant in November 2017 after just 6 months working for a new company who were suddenly acquired by another company. I was particularly bitter because I had left a perfectly good job to join this company but obviously things didn’t work out. It took me a couple of weeks to accept my new situation before I came along to the job club after Christmas.
“I have worked for 30 years in the oil & gas and engineering sectors but not only has that sector struggled in recent times, but various companies have merged and few jobs seemed to be available.
“I found this job via LinkedIn jobs ad thankfully LinkedIn curtailed the job description and cut the bit about having 3 years in the Seafood/fishing industry which I saw later. I would never have applied if I’d seen this but it just goes to show that companies don’t always find their “Unicorn” candidate and will look at alternatives. I’ve worked in the Subsea pipelines sector for several years so emphasised the overlap between industry and fishing in my covering letter. A bit of a long stretch but it worked.
“The interesting thing for me on getting this job is that one question in the interview really turned things around – “Did I have a social conscience?” I was able to discuss at length the volunteering and work that I do through Rotary and this really made them sit up and take notice. Probably more than the 2 degrees that I have!”
“The M3 Job Club offer a fantastic service to their members. The sessions are always top quality and there is always something new to learn. The partners who supply the sessions should also be congratulated since their time and expertise is given free of charge and they always bring a level of professionalism and enthusiasm that is great to see”.
“My daughter started to suffer from some mental health issues in April 2017 and they worsened to the point where self harm was being seen. In conjunction with her psychologist, my wife and I decided that one of us should be with her full time to offer extra support in this difficult time and this was going to be me. Over a period of six months (to November/December 2017), my daughter recovered sufficiently (not cured) to allow me to start looking for a new position.
Although I had had a successful corporate sales career of almost 30 years to that point, I found it hard to get anywhere in securing a new role. An old colleague (who had also successfully used the services of the M3 Job Club) introduced me to the Job Club and things immediately improved. Whether it was how to use LinkedIn correctly, professional interview techniques or CV preparation, the sessions were always professionally run and offered a wealth of advice. The partners who run the sessions should be congratulated for offering their time and expertise for free and always made me feel that the new role was only a matter of time. Another great aspect of the Job Club is that everyone who attends is in the same situation and everyone offers support to each other in what can be a very difficult time for people.
“Everyone always tells you to expand and use your network and this is true in my case. The father of my son’s best friend mentioned that the company he worked for was looking for a sales person and I applied. Although I was not successful in that application, they kept my details on file and when a new position more in line with my experience was opened, they contacted me and asked whether I wanted to apply. I had previously amended my CV so sent this to them (with input from the Job Club CV session) and I also used some of the interview techniques and prepared correctly as described in the sessions I had previously attended at the Job Club. I was successful and will join my new company in April 2018.
I cannot recommend the M3 Job Club enough. The sessions are free to all members and they are run professionally and always offer great advice. Every member is in the same situation and there is a great deal of support given to everyone”.
“Over the last few success stories that have been presented, I have been struck by the many different ways that getting back to work can happen. For one, it was a chance “interesting” fact about them in their CV which resonated with an employer, for another it was through the father of one of his son’s children. I have found the same with the Job Club programme that you may be affected by something in one of the lectures in a way that you may not have expected”.
“A few weeks ago, we had a session critiquing CVs and I submitted mine for a bit of a mauling. Friendly, but a mauling nonetheless and even though all the professionals on the panel did not agree on everything, the sense I got was that I was very passive in telling the story of what I did as work but not what I accomplished through my work. So I changed my CV to give it more of a “look how good I am and look how companies have benefitted from having me” feeling.
Then through Calvin’s session, I realised that I was also very passive in interviews. I answered the interviewers questions to tell them what they wanted to know about me but didn’t always get the chance to tell them what I wanted them to know about me because I didn’t always get questions that would allow me to tell them some of my better results. When I spoke to Calvin at the end of his session, I said that I thought I might try ending the next interview not with a “passive” set of questions to ask them about their company, the job etc., just to show them I had done my research and was interested in their company, but I would end with a more dynamic final statement as the last thing that the interviewer(s) would hear.
So, at the appropriate point, after asking a few questions when I was invited to do so, and they eventually asked “Any other questions?” I replied that I had no questions but would like to tell them that there was nothing on the job description that frightened me or which I didn’t think I could do and that if they sat me down right now with their most problematic Excel spreadsheet, I would made improvements to it within the next 30 minutes. My final statement was that I knew my capabilities and if I was interviewing me, I would find it difficult to turn me down.
Perhaps this is a high risk strategy and may not work for all people and not for all industries but I believe that my CV was a stronger CV through the assistance of the Job Club and that my confidence to really sell myself was also through the assistance of the Job Club.
So, I want to thank the Job Club and I don’t just mean Judith, Richard and our trustees, but also the ladies who are always smiling and have a kind word as they make our teas and coffees and finally YOU, the other members of the Job Club, who have always made me feel positive about what I am doing and who always have my back.
Finally, when you manage to get an interview, please, please, please see this as a success and if it doesn’t result in a job offer, it doesn’t make getting the interview any less of a success. If you don’t think that is the case, look at the face of any silver medallist at the Olympics. That is not the face of someone who doesn’t think they have been successful.
So my advice is to be strong, listen to everything that happens at the Job Club and it will happen, it really will.