Whether you are looking to progress in your current role or restart your career completely, there things that you can be doing to help you find the right job. We have put together a list of 7 things that you could be doing right now to help your next career move be your best one yet.
Consider your options: Spend some time thinking about what you would like to do next. Do you want to progress in your current role or are you looking at a complete career change? You may well have a specific role or sector that you are interested in already. However, don’t worry if you haven’t, this is just the start of the journey and sometimes being open minded about future roles can help you to see some great opportunities that you may have otherwise missed.
Create or update your CV: Having a CV helps to save time when you see that job that you would really like to apply for. However, your CV is just a master copy and should be tailored for each role you apply for using the buzzwords that appear in the job description and a language that that company will relate to. Note down the skills used, and experiences gained in your most recent roles, this is a great way to identify your transferable skills. Make sure you highlight any achievements and roles that you undertake on a voluntary basis.
Boost your network: Your network is vital to job searching but telling people that you are looking for a new job can be quite daunting. It may even place your current position at risk, so doing so is down to personal choice. However, it is a good idea to start to understand who is in your network and how they may be able to help you. Write down the people that you know, as well as their current role and connections. If you don’t have a strong network, consider building this up in a positive manner using hobbies & interests, social events, networking events and social or professional media.
Diversify your job searching: Although it is great to register with well known online job searching sites, it is also important to diversify your job searching and be proactive. There may be people in your network who are aware of upcoming roles or can give advice about getting into certain sectors. Consider how you can use various media and technology to help you to both search for roles and highlight your strengths. Follow companies that you would like to work for closely and sign up for job alerts via their website.
Explore volunteer options: There are many benefits to be gained from volunteering when used in the correct manner by both parties. It can be particularly useful for people who are returning to employment or those who are looking to move into a new career. It allows you to build up skills, experience, and competence as well as your network. Volunteering is also seen as a great entry route into certain careers including working with animals or specific groups. If you are not sure where to search for volunteer roles, www.do-it.org is a fantastic place to start. Work experience and internships also have many similar benefits to volunteering.
Identify courses that may be helpful: Training courses come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. Identify which qualifications you may need in your new career and explore the various ways in which you can gain these. By speaking to someone already in that industry you may get an understanding of what is currently of value and any possible funding assistance that may be available. If you will be self-funding the course, always shop around as prices can vary greatly, but still ensure that the quality is of the standard required. There are also a range of government funded Level 1&2 courses available from various colleges and training providers. These cover a wide range of subjects and can be used as entry level qualifications or for complimenting your existing skills.
Be proactive: It is very rare that the opportunity that you have been waiting for simply arrives in your inbox. Spending quality time exploring your next career, updating your CV, building your network as well as boosting your skills and experience will greatly increase your options. Also, this can be hard work and tiring alongside other things going on in your life, so remember to take a break and recharge your batteries.
Hopefully these 7 steps will have given you some great ideas to start working towards your next career being the right career. If you would like to chat to us about our range of employability support packages, contact us here or book 1:1 coaching here.