How to 'Jump Start' Your Career to Get The Job You Want!
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How to 'Jump Start' Your Career to Get The Job You Want!

Take proactive control of your career – define, find and secure the job you really want, whether it's advertised or not.
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Created by Simon Gray
Last updated 9/2017
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Includes:
  • 12 hours on-demand video
  • 59 Articles
  • 18 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take proactive control of every aspect of your job search.
  • No longer be reliant on advertised jobs or recruitment companies.
  • Understand how the job market really works (it has very little to do with your CV / resume).
  • Smile in the face of rejection through the development of a winning mindset.
  • Plan your career and clearly define the job you want.
  • Put together an impactful CV / resume that gets attention.
  • Uncover / create opportunities in the 'hidden job market' others never see – before they're ever advertised or placed with recruitment firms.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile that stands out and use the platform proactively to unlock opportunities.
  • Take control of any interview situation from start to finish, irrespective of what you're asked.
  • Approach employers with a message that gets their attention even when they're not hiring.
  • Network both online and in person with a renewed confidence – know what to do and how to do it properly.
  • Handle any offer negotiation professionally to secure the best terms possible.
  • The course content is regularly updated to reflect changes in technology and best practice.
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Requirements
  • You must be ready to take proactive control of your career to open doors to new opportunities.
  • You'll be open minded to a new approach to job search, which delivers proven results.
Description

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!

Best wishes

Simon

Simon Gray FCA
Founder & CEO
Career Codex Limited

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone looking to advance their career or move jobs.
  • Anyone looking to change career or explore new opportunities.
  • Anyone determined to take their career to the next level.
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Curriculum For This Course
214 Lectures
13:01:30
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OVERVIEW – an introduction to the course.
9 Lectures 28:29

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.

Preview 00:30

A formal letter of welcome and what to expect from the course.
01:45

Let's get started.
03:36

What's your starting point?
01:53

Time to review your responses.
01:58




Why do people sometimes fail to find the success they deserve?
07:48


Congratulations on completing the overview section.
00:24
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ENVIRONMENT – how the job market really works!
13 Lectures 01:06:26

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.

Preview 00:37


The key players in the job market.
02:31


The supporting players in the job market.
04:01


Marketmakers.
00:41


More on 'marketmakers'.
08:43

What standing out in the job market really means.
03:10

The 'hidden market' revealed.
06:10

How to get ahead of the market and your competition.
07:45

Why believing is seeing in the job market.
06:11


What you need to know about professional recruiters.
13:08

A quick summary of what we've covered.
01:01


Congratulations on completing the environment section.
00:58
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PSYCHOLOGY – how to develop a winning mindset!
24 Lectures 01:34:13

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.

Preview 00:51

How do you view the job market?
01:26

What the psychology of success really means.
05:35

Key questions and the 'pinball effect''.
11:21

Why failure is your friend.
03:43

Breaking the certainty link to build a probability mindset.
08:11

The 'chain of success'.
03:55

Don't be limited by your comfort zone!
00:49


Breaking through your comfort zone – prison or platform of potential?
05:22

The five principles to change beliefs.
01:12

1) Personal responsibility.
03:56

2) Empowered self-talk.
03:11

3) Detachment.
03:45

4) Focus on process, not prize.
03:55

5) Put yourself on the pedestal.
02:03

The power of the mind.
00:27

The conscious and unconscious mind.
03:20

What you need to know about emotional intelligence.
05:37



The Career Codex (Productivity) Matrix.
11:37

Why you need a 'thinking journal'.
01:10

The power of the 'thinking journal'.
09:10

A quick summary of what we covered.
01:53

Congratulations on completing the psychology section.
01:02
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PLANNING – how to define the career and job opportunity you really want!
33 Lectures 02:15:22

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.

Preview 01:02

Why planning is essential to your success.
01:49

Five reasons you need to plan.
05:44

Why job search is like a business.
10:14

The three-legged stool of happiness, fulfilment and success.
07:08

Know your value.
03:40

Why focus always trumps flexibility and the law of attraction.
06:49

The three stages of planning.
00:48

Stage 1 – defining your destination.
01:58

Exercise 1 – why are you looking for a new position?
06:24

Exercise 2 – who do you want to work for?
04:42

Exercise 3 – what type of position do you really want?
04:27

Defining the time it will take to find your next position.
00:57

Defining 'calendar' time.
05:49

Defining 'investment' time.
03:11

The relationship between 'calendar' and 'investment' time.
02:29

It's time to put together your 'destination statement'.
00:19

Completing your 'destination statement'.
09:07

Stage 2 – setting the direction.
01:07


The daily action plan in action.
09:43

Stage 3 – maintaining discipline.
01:19

Creating a personal support system.
02:20

1) Peer pressure.
04:55

2) Measurement.
02:27

3) Rewards.
01:56

4) Self-evaluation.
07:42

Combining destination, direction and discipline in a system for success.
00:15


It's time to take massive action.
00:32

Proactively identifying targets.
17:08

A quick summary of what we covered.
00:47


Congratulations on completing the planning section.
01:00

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PROCESS – how to find and secure the job you really want!
2 Lectures 01:55

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.

Preview 01:08

The 8 steps to success.
00:47
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Step 1 – how to write a super executive CV / resume.
14 Lectures 55:14

In this step you'll learn how to put together an impactful CV / resume, which gets the attention of your target employer.

Preview 00:28


Is there a difference between a CV and resume?
01:41


The two waves – how professional recruiters and employers read them.
05:30

Foundations of a standout CV / resume.
07:40

What an employer really wants to know.
03:19

Does your CV / resume make sense?
01:21

The CV / resume template discussed.
09:37

Responsibilities and achievements.
07:50

Why you should include hobbies and interests.
06:05

Congratulations on completing step 1.
00:43

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how to construct an impactful CV (1).
02:02

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how to construct an impactful CV / resume (2).
01:54

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how recruiters and employers read CVs / resumes.
00:44
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Step 2 – how to write an impactful cover letter.
6 Lectures 18:42

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'.

Preview 00:28

The two questions to ask yourself before approaching an employer.
01:18


The three components of a great cover letter.
02:48

The cover letter in action.
09:18

Congratulations on completing step 2.
00:17
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Step 3 – how to get in front of decision makers.
19 Lectures 01:12:03

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.

Preview 00:50

The foundations of a successful approach.
00:58

A balanced portfolio of activity to get closer to the target.
04:11

The three Ps that drive success.
03:04

The 'jobseeker dichotomy'.
04:50

The three types of decision makers.
00:50


Getting in front of professional recruiters.
09:13

Getting in front of employers.
04:28

Getting in front of 'marketmakers'.
04:37

Who are you and what do you do?
01:17


Refining your message with the 'tell me more' test.
06:18

Developing a modern marketing mindset.
00:45

A lesson in modern marketing.
08:09

The 'hire cycle': see me > like me > trust me > hire me.
06:07

To protect and serve.
00:43


The gatekeeper – friend or foe?
09:54

Congratulations on completing step 3.
00:53

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how to build a relationship with a recruiter.
01:50
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Step 4 – how to deliver a first-class executive interview.
38 Lectures 02:06:44

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.

Preview 00:45

The three stages, which drive interview success.
00:36

Dispelling the myths.
03:16

The two keys to interview success.
02:35

How employers really make decisions.
04:03

The staircase of preparation.
00:21

1) The basement.
04:44

2) The first floor.
05:38


4) The third floor.
05:47

5) The roof terrace.
02:55

The three documents you need to prepare in advance of any interview.
00:52

1) The catalyst.
02:29

2) The bridge.
01:20

3) The 90-day plan.
08:27

How to handle the interview.
00:42

The 'Triple A' of influence.
07:23

How to break the ice.
02:57

Take control – the higher baseline.
06:30

How to control the conversation – the black hole principle.
04:41

How to transform weaknesses – the 8 Mile strategy.
08:15

Why and how to fill in the gaps before you leave.
02:44

Why and how to ask great questions.
06:52

Why and how to ask for feedback.
06:30

Three special interview scenarios and how to handle them.
00:27

How to handle competency-based interviews.
08:07

How to handle group interviews.
02:53

How to handle more than one interviewer / panel interviews.
02:25

When you leave the interview room, the interview is far from over.
00:42


How to follow up on your interview properly.
08:25

Congratulations on completing step 4.
00:25

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how to be confident at interview.
00:52

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how to prepare for interview.
01:43

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – the best way to start a job interview.
00:53

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how to control the interview.
02:46

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – what to do after the interview is over.
00:43

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how to handle group interviews.
01:26

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – how to handle interview testing.
00:51
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Step 5 – how to leverage the power of social media.
32 Lectures 01:53:15

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.

Preview 00:46

Key principles of LinkedIn and an impactful online presence.
01:19

The secret key to the 'hidden market'.
05:27

The online 'hire cycle'.
03:36

Key principles of building an effective online presence.
03:46

LinkedIn's Social Selling Index.
06:14

Free or premium?
07:29

The delicate balance between work and personal.
05:42


The importance of building a personal brand.
00:20


Personal branding explained.
09:46

The two principal ways to utilise LinkedIn properly.
00:43


'SW' and 'PET'.
02:37

LinkedIn as a 'shop window' – the reactive approach.
00:42

Connection types and why they're important.
02:27

What's your policy on the platform and are you a LION?
03:26

The three key questions.
02:21

Invaluable real estate – header / photo / professional headline.
04:06

Creating your personalised URL and visibility settings.
02:17

The big difference between the summary and experience sections.
03:00

What to do with skills & endorsements.
03:15

Social proof – why and how to ask for recommendations.
03:54

How to make people stay a while once they've found you.
04:01

Your contact information and how to connect with someone you don't know.
07:05

LinkedIn as a 'proactive engagement tool' – the proactive approach.
00:39

How to search and notes / tags.
05:41

Like, share, comment, updates and published posts.
08:46

Why groups are great and what to do in them.
05:30

A source of salary information.
00:20


LinkedIn Salary.
03:07

Congratulations on completing step 5.
00:25

BONUS – Q&A with Simon Gray – the importance of social media and social proof.
01:46
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About the Instructor
Simon Gray
4.4 Average rating
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2,684 Students
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The Job Search Strategist

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 GuardianFinancial 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.