Competition is to land your next role just got tougher. More and more people are now looking for a new role. However, the market is picking up, so why not use this time to consider what your next career move will be…
- Identify your skill set
When looking for a new role, many people start by looking for their job roles in similar companies to their current or previous role. Its what feels comfortable for them and the ‘easy’ route but if you take step back and look into your unique skill set, it can reveal different career opportunities for you, some of which you may never have considered in the past. The magic happens outside your comfort zone.2.
- Do your research and narrow down your best options
Once you might have found a new path for you career, its best to do your research. Will this new path be able to fulfil your need financially? Will it affect your personal life? What is the progression like? You need to find these answers and narrow down the best option for you. Everyone is in a unique position and has different needs to others.
- Customise your CV to every job role you apply for
Your CV should be specific for the roles you want to apply for. Obviously, you will need have your experiences and qualifications, but customise a summary of yourself that is specific to the job roles you are applying for. Recruitment Agencies should be happy to give you some direction with this and help you along with your career change.
- Don’t summarise your CV in the cover letter
For applications, a cover letter would be ideal to help attract employers to your CV. However, it should not be used to summarise you CV. A cover letter should be used to introduce yourself and show some of your personality to the employer, which can be hard to portray in your CV. They are mainly used as a first impression, so it is good to use them and they can beneficial in your job search.
- Follow up on your applications
After applying for a role, it can be a good idea to follow up with your application a week or so later just to make sure that they are aware of it. This should hopefully have given the company enough time to see your CV. It can also again give a good impression to your potential employer, indicating that you have specifically looked and wanted that role, and not have not just been sending your CV he there and everywhere in hopes of getting a job.
- Prepare for the Interview
Great you’ve been invited in for an interview! But what should you do next?
You will need to show to the employer that you are a good fit for their business so knowing facts and interesting points about the company can go a long way for you and can help the conversation flowing through the interview. It also again shows the employer that you have put the time and effort into the interview and that you are really interested in the job role.
- Always ask questions
Questioning the interviewer can help you gain further understanding about the everyday tasks of the role and helps you iron out any creases in terms of the job roles and responsibilities. This allows you to fully evaluate the position and gives you everything you would need to know before you can make a decision.
- Don’t accept the job on the spot
If offered the position, it is best to not accept the job offer on the spot but instead to go away and carefully consider your options. Some things that could be good things to consider are if the position is right for you and to assess whether you need to negotiate your salary.