If you’re looking for your next job, save yourself time, be proactive and ask for help.
- Write a list of everyone you know or have worked with that thinks you’re good value
- Identify those in positions of influence or with large networks – it’s likely you’ll have few women on your list
- Contact them to schedule a coffee
- Tell them you’re looking for your next career opportunity – frame it positively ‘I’ve been here three years and have outgrown the job…’ ‘I’ve now achieved what I set out to do and…’
- Be specific about the type of work you want, ‘I’m ready for a middle management role preferably in a Sydney based Pharmaceuticals Company’ ‘I need to broaden my experience base and am looking for an operational/line/managerial position in a multi-national company based in Melbourne.’
- Share, succinctly, one impressive and memorable thing you’ve done to support your case. Be brief, avoid detail and focus on something that’s likely to impress your listener.
- Ask explicitly for the help you want. ‘Do you know of anything coming up? Could you let your network know about me? Do you know anyone I could talk to’ ‘Will you provide me with an introduction?’
- Follow up regularly and informally ‘I haven’t heard from you since our last conversation, I’m still on the look-out and wondered if you’ve heard of anything?’