With 8 applications for every vacancy*, competition for jobs is tough. We look at the skills and tools that can help give you the edge at interview.
Career coaches look at your career, skills, experiences and interests and then help you figure out what you could be doing and how to get there. If you can’t afford professional coaching, it’s still worth talking to friends and colleagues and asking their perspective.
A really successful job search, one that takes you to a better-paying, more satisfying place in your career, is likely to be a much bigger project. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.
In simple terms, you’re going to need to think harder, research more widely, meet more people and apply for more jobs. Managing all of that takes organisation and planning.
Here’s how to do it.
But how do you know if you should take it? What if you’re still waiting to hear about other roles you’ve applied for? And what if you’ve done really well and you have two job offers?
This is your chance to consider all of the options before you make your final decision.
Because getting a job can seem such a complex business, we’ve created this action plan. It’s a step-by-step guide to help you get from deciding you need a new job to that wonderful moment when you hand in your notice.
The advice is simple, direct and supported by checklists and tips. If you are ready to invest some time in doing things right, the action plan will help you stand out from other candidates.
Lock down your privacy settings on sites like Facebook, so that only your friends can see those pictures of you partying, and spend some time setting up an effective LinkedIn profile to demonstrate your professional skills and experience.
LinkedIn is the most popular business network online for good reason. It gives you a place to promote your professional achievements and experience but it also offers you a great way to connect with other people, and that can be invaluable when you’re looking for a new job. It’s also a great research tool – use it to find out more about the companies you’re applying to – looking up current employees will give you a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities. But don’t ask to connect with them unless you already know them, or you risk coming across as a bit pushy. Continue reading “Getting your Social Network in Shape” »