Statistically, the vast majority of people are unlikely to stick with one job for their entire adult life. People get new jobs for an assortment of reasons, from trying to get a better deal than what their current place of employment offers, to losing their previous job due to cutbacks and redundancy, whatever the reason, having solid support ready and a good understanding of job applications is a massive benefit.
There are a number of things that you need to know before you can easily get a new job. You need to be able to do a good interview and talk confidently about your strengths and your profession, but you may also need to prepare yourself for making compromises. Below are some tips which can help you out:
The first tip you should definitely follow is to sign up with some recruitment agencies.
This certainly isn’t an excuse to not be proactive; you should still be actively looking for jobs yourself, but you can get a number of qualified job opportunities from them, and they can also be very helpful with tips of their own.
A good recruitment agency will be talking to both you, as a job seeker, and the potential employer. This is invaluable as it allows a greater understanding of what the job requirements are (hence why the job opportunities from recruitment agencies are generally of better quality), which allows you to get a greater understanding of what the job entails and therefore prepare for the interview better, or reject it if it doesn’t fit your skill set.
Tip number two: you should be prepared to travel or even move.
This idea intimidates a lot of people, but if your chosen career has a limited employment market then it could be the best option for you. It’s not just a worthy choice in this case though, as the average wage for a profession can vary significantly just because of the geographical location. A good example of this, are brick layers living in London, where a good brick layer can easily earn £45K a year, and although this is due to the high living costs, it is still a good deal.
Tip three is basically just to think about and practice your interview.
Picturing the type of questions that the interviewer will ask and then coming up with good answers can help you avoid being flummoxed by some of the questions that will get thrown at you.
Tip four is to brush up on your education.
If you’ve taken a career break for one reason or another, this is even more important as it is the only way for you to demonstrate that your skills are up to date. Whether or not this is the case for you, education and the qualifications from that education are very valuable.
Lastly, doing research into the particular business where you are applying can also be beneficial.
This could mean going to their website and reading some of their recent news items, doing a Google search of their company and even researching their company directors. This can give you valuable information about the type of stuff that they do and help you build a rapport with your interviewer, and ultimately it will allow you to further tailor your pitch for the job.
When looking for a job, you should always remember to prepare. Preparation is the basis of success, whether that preparation is done by practising your interview skills, research, brushing up on your skills, or just looking smart, it can have a massive result on your success.