When confidence slips, it’s back to basics

With the our National economy and even the economic outlook globally in such a precarious and uncertain state, it is hard to know just how to plan for your career, your future and your own financial security. The prospect of things deteriorating further, what do we do? Hunker down for the worst? Hope for the best? Stay positive? Or make things happen?

Well, like any elite sportsperson will tell you, when confidence slips, the best course of action is often back to basics. And when it comes to securing your current or new role that means clarifying and enhancing your value, putting yourself in the best position to that lock in that job and some informed career planning. Here’s a quick refresher of “must do’s” in a negative market.

1. Maximise your value

In challenging times, employers turn to improved performance from staff to grow and add value to their business. So, first of all, you need to make sure your employer understands the value you are currently providing and the potential value you are capable of delivering. Be proactive. Ask for a chat and use the opportunity to reiterate your value. Then, consider whether you are able to provide the sort of extra performance that will enhance the performance of your business, and of course, your value. Are there opportunities for growth within your current role? Could you benefit personally or bring new insight through a secondment, internal move or training? If so, promote your cause.

2. Ace the pitch

In a tough market, the competition for jobs intensifies. You need to make sure you are presenting yourself in the best light. Top talent know their own strengths, how to best present themselves and how to illustrate their best experiences come interview time. And it often comes down to the “P2” Principle of recruitment – Prepare and Practice.

Prepare well for the interview. Research the organisation and its key people. Prepare case studies of proven successes. Plan to talk about relevant challenges and how you overcame them.

And then practice. Practice. Practice. Even experts need to rehearse their interview techniques. It will make you calmer, clearer and more confident.

3. Plan ahead

Whether you are employed in a current role or searching for your ideal role, in an uncertain market it pays to have an informed “career conversation” with an objective consultant who understands your role, your business and your industry.

So, consider the benefits of discussing your current role and career aspirations with a career consultant. They will help you understand your current value and the options available to you. A number of our candidates work with career consultants outside of their business and personal networks to establish their professional aspirations and provide expert strategies to get noticed in the market place.