What if you had the power to take proactive control of your career and your future? If you had the ability to open doors to opportunities others rarely see and the skills to secure the position you really want ahead of your competition?
Welcome to this course, which is an online version of the one-to-one 'Jump Start' Programme I have been using to help people from across the to world define, find and secure the career opportunity they really want.
It can be a common frustration that despite having a wealth of skills and abilities, people struggle to get a response to their CV / resume from job boards or recruitment firms. At the outset, positive feelings and confidence about the future can quickly turn to negativity and despondency.
As one of my previous clients summed up this situation: 'I just don't know why my CV isn't working for me!'
Whether you're new to the job market or have been immersed in it for a while, this course will give you the answers to the burning questions you have and to the questions you never thought to ask.
Successful job search is much more than a well-worded CV / resume. In fact the most important thing in finding success in the job market is your own psychology – what you believe, how you think and the action you choose to take.
I'll teach you the proven Career Codex framework for defining, finding and securing the career opportunity you really want, not just the one you've seen advertised or the one presented to you by a professional recruiter.
It moves you from a state of reactive chaos to put you in proactive control of your job search every step of the way. The state of the job market and what others do is not important – what matters is what you choose to do and how you do it.
Wherever you're based in the world and whether you're looking to make a career move within sector or a career change / transition to something new, this course will teach you the skills, strategies and a proven approach that really works.
It covers the four key stages of any successful job search:
Environment – how the job market really works and how to therefore position yourself successfully to stand out.
Psychology – how your beliefs ultimately lead to your success or failure, and that personal responsibility and self-evaluation are the real keys to success in the job market.
Planning – how to define the job you want and your unique offering. Then how to build a personal jobseeker plan to deliver the opportunity you desire within a clearly specified period of time.
Process – the more traditional tools to find job search success, but approached from a completely different angle. This includes CV / resume and cover letter composition, how to get in front of decision makers (recruiters, employers and 'marketmakers'), interview techniques, social media strategies, professional networking and offer negotiation.
While others simply advise that to find success in the job market you need to stand out, this course shows you how!
I look forward to working with you and helping you find the success you know you deserve.
To Your Success!
Simon Gray FCA
Founder & CEO
Career Codex Limited
Welcome to the course where you'll discover how to take proactive control of your job search and your future!
No more waiting for things to happen – through this course you'll learn how to define, find and secure the job you really want, not just the one you've seen advertised or had presented to you by a recruiter.
Whether the job you want is advertised or not doesn't matter – by accessing the 'hidden market' you'll be in a position to uncover and even create job opportunities others never see.
In the environment section of the course you'll learn how the job market really works. This is extremely important, because until you know the rules of the game you're playing it's almost impossible to win.
This section is one of the principal foundations (along with psychology) that the Career Codex methodology is built on.
In the psychology section of the course where you'll learn how your own psychology and what you bring in terms of beliefs to your job search, directly influences your thoughts and actions.
The environment and psychology sections combine to form the strong foundations you'll need once you start to take action.
With the foundations of environment and psychology completed we are now into the practical stage of the course.
Unless you have a clearly defined destination in mind at the outset, the chances of finding and securing the job you really want is simply a game of chance.
In this section you'll build on the foundations of successful job search, which are environment and psychology and create your personalised system for success. You'll be clear on what to do and in the process section we'll get into the detail of how to do it. Think of the planning section as your toolbox, which houses all of the activity you'll take in the job market, and in the process section you'll get the tools.
In the process section of the course you'll learn how to maintain proactive control at every stage of the recruitment process from CV / resume composition to offer negotiation.
In the process section there are eight steps to success:
1) How to construct a CV / resume, which stands out.
2) How to construct a cover letter, which will get the attention of your target employer (this step is much more than cover letters, the structure you'll learn is also relevant for emails, LinkedIn messages, phone calls and face-to-face meetings).
3) How to get in front of decision makers. These are professional recruiters, employers and 'marketmakers'.
4) How to control the interview process from start to finish with confidence, irrespective of what you're asked.
5) How to position yourself and engage proactively on LinkedIn, which is an important route to the 'hidden market'.
6) How to network effectively.
7) How to stay ahead of your competition through the potent combination of observation and feedback.
8) How to receive, handle and negotiate any offer to secure the best remuneration / compensation package.
In this step you'll learn how to put together an impactful CV / resume, which gets the attention of your target employer.
In this section you'll learn how to create a cover letter, which supports the skills and experience contained in your CV / resume.
However, this section is about much more than a cover letter, as the principles you'll learn are relevant for all written, email, online, phone and face-to-face communications you'll make on the road to find and secure the position you defined in your 'destination statement'.
In this section, I'll explain how to get in front of decision makers – professional recruiters, employers and 'marketmakers'. This links back to the psychology section of the programme, as successful job search is not just concerned with your beliefs, thoughts and actions – you also need to understand the psychology of those your'e looking to influence.
I'll also introduce you to the 'jobseeker dichotomy', which is a powerful framework in the Career Codex methodology that governs how you interact with the outside world.
In this section, you'll learn how to take proactive control of any interview situation from start to finish.
I'll explain how to prepare, execute and follow up properly, and how to approach any interview situation with confidence.
Having completed this step of the process section you'll never approach interviews in quite the same way again and be one step ahead of your competition in securing the job opportunity you really want.
In this section of the course you'll discover how and why to use LinkedIn as part of your job search strategy to unlock opportunities in the 'hidden market'.
You'll also learn about the importance of marketing and building a personal brand.
Simon Gray spent over 10 years in the recruitment industry, first as a consultant and then founding director of his own recruitment company.
Sat between employers and jobseekers he gained a unique understanding of how the job market really works and as someone in search of that next position, how to achieve the best results. This means his education is based on real-life experience, not textbook theory.
Simon is the author of three books, Super Secrets of the Successful Jobseeker, Super Secrets of Successful Executive Job Search and Super Secrets of the Successful First-Time Jobseeker, which all continue to receive 'five-star' reviews on Amazon worldwide.
With a mission to help people find the success they deserve Simon exited his own recruitment business, codified his knowledge through Career Codex and works with clients from across the world to help them move positions within sector or make complex career transitions.
While the majority of job search advice starts with a CV / resume, Career Codex takes three steps back to consider environment (how the job market really works), psychology (of all job market participants) and planning (getting clear on your direction of travel) before considering how to manage an effective recruitment process.
When it comes to successful job search many give the advice to stand out without really explaining what this means or how to do it. Simon is one of the few people to have created a system that actually explains how to achieve this – a proven system that works, which combines theory and practical application to deliver tangible and life-changing results.
Simon is an experienced speaker and commentator; he has appeared on BBC National News at Ten and has been quoted in The Guardian, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.
He is a qualified chartered accountant and sits on the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) Business Committee. Simon is also a freeman of the City of London (Merchant Taylors' Company).
In his leisure time he is a keen martial artist and has trained for many years in Muay Thai. In 2006/7 he travelled to Japan to complete the Yoshinkan Aikido Senshusei course with the Tokyo Riot Police (one of only c.200 people in the world outside of Japan to do this), which was a unique and challenging experience. Many of the lessons learnt during this time, particularly around the importance of discipline and determination, are incorporated in the Career Codex system.