New Year Career Resolutions Blog

1 January 2019

For many of us a large proportion of our days are spent at work, in fact the average person will work 90,000 hours of their lives at work. I don’t know about you but being in a fulfilling enjoyable job is one of the most important aspects of my life.

I am one of those fortunate people that enjoys every aspect of my job, here’s my top tips on getting your new career resolution well underway, and onto finding that dream job you’ve always dreamed about.

Step 1 Make a plan!

What is your career goal? It is not always going to be possible to live out your dream job of being a world-renowned dolphin trainer. However, you can work in a fulfilling environment and put your best skills and attributes into a business. Start thinking about what your good at or work with the skills and qualifications you currently have.

Step 2 Build/Update your CV

This is your work history story… As a recruiter I have seen several thousand CVs over the years, some good some bad! Make your CV relevant to the job you are applying for, as much as you want your CV to stand out keep it simple with relevant information so employers can get the facts about your previous work experiences, skills and qualifications. You might like to add a personal statement as an introduction or a cover letter whereby you can include your work experience story.

Top tips; We are in the 21st century with technology! Please remember to update your LinkedIn so it matches your CV. Update your LinkedIn photo, it MUST be smart and professional! If you have other social media platforms be careful of what you have shared as employers will check!

Step 3 Job hunting/ submitting your CV

Don’t sit there expecting a job to come to you. Get active, put your CV out there to attract employers, apply for roles you find attractive. Talk and get networking, with friends and family, people often find jobs from people they know. Do your research look for companies you would like to work for and contact them see if they have any positions available, get in there before they start advertising.

Step 4 Securing the job you really want

Okay the simple stuff, we assume everyone knows… PRE-PARE, dress smart, arrive a little early, firm handshake, eye contact during the interview and open body language.

Do your research, there is nothing worse than interviewing someone who has not done their research and knows nothing about your company, the interviewer would have taken the time to look through your CV and find you on social media platforms. You need to research the company and the person interviewing you.

Don’t forget as much as you want that job, you need to know and understand what the role entails and what the company do. Ask questions, it shows you are engaging and interested in the role.

Stay positive, we all get knock backs it won’t be anything you’ve done wrong. It may be that there was someone slightly more qualified or more experienced for the role.

Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback! Good luck - go get em'

Over and Out - Meghan Hughes Associate Director MarkJames Search

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