It has never been harder to land the job of your dreams – in an immensely competitive market; you have to set yourself apart from the competition.
You begin a job search for two reasons; to find a new job and, hopefully, progress your career. Career progression, for many, is a sensitive subject as it often means having to move outside of your comfort zone in order to take that next step.
Many businesses, rightly, offer a clear pathway for progression as they acknowledge the importance of keeping staff motivated and the benefit of having an experienced team. Others, however, do not offer progression and this means that, in order to progress your own career, you have to look out for number one and look elsewhere.
Table of Contents
- 1 Looking for Your Next Role
- 2 Getting an Interview
- 3 Preparing for the Interview
- 4 Leaving your old Job
Looking for Your Next Role
When you are actively seeking a new job, remember that you are more likely to find work when you are employed – not only does this help for referencing purposes, but it looks better for prospective employers. Of course, depending on your own situation, you have to be careful when searching as you don’t want to create a bad atmosphere at your current place of work if someone does find out you are looking elsewhere.
This means that you should not use your social media accounts to advertise your interest in a new role if you are employed. Doing so only looks unprofessional and this is not something that will sit well with your current or prospective employer.
Getting an Interview
Anyone can apply for any job, so what you have to do is ensure that your resume stands out from the pile of hopefuls that hits the recruiter’s desk. Tailor your resume and covering letter based on the position you have applied for – recruiters can fish out templates with relative ease, especially if their key skills are not in the slightest bit relevant.
Highlight your relevant skills and outline why you are a good fit, but do not drag it out. Think of your resume and covering letter as any other piece content – long enough to cover the details, but short enough to keep it interesting. Novels will not be given the time of day as, quite simply, the recruiter has a lot of applications to work through.
Preparing for the Interview
Well done! You have earned yourself an interview, now all you have to do is sell yourself in person. This comes much easier to some as it does to other, but there is no need to worry as looking the part is half of the battle.
Always dress your best for an interview, and never leave anything to chance. It is always better to overdress than under when you are looking to impress. Little touches such as cufflinks and a formal tie clip can go a long way is setting you apart from the crowd – if you look good, you feel good, and the confidence this brings should exude in your interview.
Before leaving for your interview, make sure that you have done your homework. This means knowing some of the background of the company you are interviewing for, thinking about the question that you will be faced, and the questions that you are going to ask (it never looks good if you have no questions at the end of an interview).
At your interview, clearly outline the role that you are looking for, present your ideas and what are your requirements. Many candidates make the mistake of thinking that the ball is exclusively in the interviewer’s court and, in the event of a job offer, should accept any offer.
By communicating what you are looking for (pay, holiday package etc…) the interviewer will make an offer based on your requirements if you are successful. This also shows confidence and initiative, which are key values especially if you are interviewing for a managerial position.
Leaving your old Job
Once you have received and accepted a job offer, what comes next is the awkward moment when you notify your employer of your intention to leave the company. This may prompt your employer to attempt to change your mind – while you should always listen to any opportunity, once you have made your decision to leave and feel it is a move for the better, you should stick to your guns.
Never burn your bridges. Quite simply, you never know what the future holds and who you might need a favour from. Leave on good terms, this way the door remains open if your new move does not work out for any reason.
Everyone should have the right to feel satisfied with their job, and looking to progress your career is only natural. If you take on the tips and advice presented in this article, then you can work towards landing your dream job.