10 Reasons Why You Should Seek Career Advice

Are you currently thinking of getting some professional career advice? Even if you’re not, here are 10 reasons why you might need to:

1. Your career lacks direction.

A good career management consultant can help you take a structured approach to analysing your career, your expertise, your interests, your values and development needs. Studies suggest that well over half of all professionals are in jobs they do not like – and many of these people don’t know how to get appropriate help.

2. You don’t have a plan for the future.

It’s a truism that “people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan”. Without a vision for where you want to take your career, you risk a embarking on a “random career”. Knowing what you want to do helps you define the market for where you want to be and enables you to develop a targeted and proactive approach to your future.

3. You are not progressing within your current organisation.

There could be any number of reasons for this, including the need to work on your self-promotion skills or to initiate a carefully considered approach to your internal career progression. It’s always good to have a Plan B in the event that events appear to be going against you. A qualified career manager can help you develop the skills and confidence to proactively manage your career.

4. You’ve been with your current employer for more than 10 years.

You may be very successful in your current role. But for many people, the longer they remain with the same employer (or within the same role) the greater the risk of becoming obsolescent. This in turn may increase the perception that you would struggle within a vastly different organisational culture – and could become the key factor when it comes to making a hiring decision.

5. You’ve had more than 3 permanent jobs in the past 5 years.

This isn’t always a bad thing and is even commonplace in some industries. However, in a tough job market, the notion that you aren’t ‘committed’ may lead to a protracted job search. A good career consultant can help you explore the reasons behind the frequent job changes, and determine whether you are properly managing your risks during the job search – especially at the networking phase and during the interview process.

6. You’re feeling dissatisfied where you are working and thinking of a career change.

This is one of the most common reasons people seek out a career management consultant. It is not uncommon, from our perspective, to advise a client that it isn’t a change in career that they need, but in fact a change in scenery! Sometimes it is simply time to move on to a more progressive organisation.

7. You’re about to take a redundancy package, giving you financial freedom.

Although the idea of taking a holiday and renovating the family home sounds highly appealing, be careful not to take yourself out of the job market for too long. This is an opportune moment to get the right career help: to work out exactly what you want to do; and to develop a strategy to engage people within that sector to identify employment possibilities.

8. You are not seeing relevant job openings in the advertised market.

It is widely acknowledged that as much as 75% of the job market is not advertised. Up to 30% of positions are filled by employers approaching employees. Developing a systematic approach to your networking activity is one of the most important career management skills, increasing your visibility with prospective employers, and boosting your confidence to connect with people who may be able to help you.

9. You’re not getting interviews after more than 8 applications.

This may be symptomatic of having a resume that isn’t hitting the mark or which lacks impact. A good career management consultant will work with you to identify your specific skills and relevant knowledge, combining these with you expertise and supporting achievements to increase your ‘strike rate’.

10. You may be getting interviews, but never an offer.

This could be attributed to several things. Perhaps you are talking generalities, perhaps you are going for the wrong jobs, or maybe you don’t handle behavioural interviews effectively. Those who sell themselves well typically have a more heightened sense of self-awareness. Career managers assist you develop your self-awareness, and help you to structure a personal narrative around your interview responses, through exercises like mock interviews and the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ technique.

Posted by Scott Spaulding

If you need help with your own career choices, or simply want a career “health check”, contact Bravo Consulting for more information about how we can help you make that all-important career move.

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