It sounds obvious but before you embark on a new job search really think and evaluate what’s most important to you. Is it the job title, a higher salary, promotion, the work itself, location, or company culture? Make a list of job requirements that are most important and then write a separate list of desirables that you are more flexible on. This way you can search through job roles and quickly evaluate their relevance according to your needs.
Never underestimate your contacts. They are a vital part of your professional network so make sure you keep in contact with them regularly and let them know you are on the lookout for a new job. Good contacts will know your skill sets so they will be ideal at recommending relevant roles that they may know about.
Before you embark on your job search double check what message your social media accounts are presenting. Potential future employers will be checking your social media! If you don’t want a potential employee to see your personal social media accounts then set the privacy setting to private. Plus, on the flip side make sure you invest some time on your LinkedIn account and start building a positive presence by commenting on company.
Learning doesn’t have to stop after college / university. With so many online courses and certifications available start building your skills profile to help get your next job. Plus, if you want to move areas within your industry sector then volunteer yourself onto company work projects that wouldn’t normally come your way. You may not be successful the first time but in time managers will start to notice your enthusiasm!
Do reflect on your career goals and clearly define a realistic career path to achieving them. It may not happen overnight but having a career plan (with key timings) and being realistic in the steps needed to achieving your goals with help you keep focused and give you a much better chance in achieving them.
Big brand names can look great on a CV, but don’t dismiss smaller, lesser known companies when job searching as they can offer more varied, flexible and interesting roles.
Don’t rush your job search by sending the same CV template to every job. To stop your CV getting over looked, your CV should be edited and tweaked, so it’s as close a match to the job you are applying for as possible.
When you get to the interview stage it’s always good to remember to never say anything bad about a previous employer or manager. If you do, then the first thing the interviewer is going to think about is what you will say about their company when you’re moving on. So, keep positive and do not overshare with anything negative.
When you start a new job, it’s a good idea to get yourself a mentor within the new organisation to help you settle in quickly. Having a mentor will ensure you look keen to learn, and they will also help guide you around the new company culture.
Tip ten: Remain positive!
Remember finding that perfect job, in most cases, does takes some time. Don’t take any knock backs personally. If you are turned down for a role it’s probably not because of anything you have done wrong.
So, keep positive and your perfect job will happen.