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Not Just Any Job – the Right Job!

It’s always a surprise when individuals decline the offer of outplacement support. Whilst most people understand the benefits of accepting help and receiving professional advice and guidance with regards to career management and job-search, a large proportion of individuals still turn down the offer of support……. or at least initially.

Inevitably, the reasons given are that they’ve “been through outplacement before”; “already have a job”; “don’t feel that it’ll be worthwhile”; “already have a CV and feel ‘confident’ with interviewing”…and so on.  What is almost certain is that many people will re-connect with their outplacement provider some months down the line, normally after they’ve realised that the job-market has changed and they’ve either failed to find a job or, more likely, accepted that the job that they moved into immediately after leaving their last employer has failed to live up to expectations – in short, they’ve gone into the “wrong” job.

Many of us, I’m sure, will recognise that situation and will have probably made that same mistake at some point in our working lives (I certainly did)! We see it too on CVs, where some prospective candidates can demonstrate full-employment over a five or ten year period, but where each of their dozen or so jobs has lasted less than a year.  In all likelihood we filter out these candidates at the preliminary screening stages when looking for new employees.  Where are they going? What are they good at? How does their career-path hang together?  Or do they have longevity as an employee? Apparently not.

But back to outplacement.  A good career coach can provide an objective voice that will ensure that any decisions concerning “future career choices” are the right ones – not made simply as a result of the lure of a good financial package; the ‘promise’ of rapid promotion or more often simply because there appears to be few options on the table.  Good career coaching conversations should be challenging, requiring the individual to think not just about the here and now but about the longer term – why am I looking at this role? How will it help me progress? Is this really where I want to be and so on?

The amount of time spent at work is certainly not insignificant, therefore accepting the first role that you are offered may not always make the best sense. Not many of us would take the first mortgage deal offered or would buy a new car without doing some research – the same approach should be adopted when it comes to our careers.  Invest in yourself, take the support and make better decisions.  

So if career support is available from your organisation, make sure you make use of it and look at it as an investment in your future!