Sometimes we just get too comfortable in our jobs that are no longer challenging or engaging because you can complete your tasks with your eyes closed. The thought of changing career or applying for a new job can be intimidating, overwhelming and so off putting that you choose the easier option of staying put.
Striving to be ambitious and taking a risk, albeit a scary thought, will get you to where you want to be in the end. We have put together some ideas for you to explore if you are thinking of making that change:
THE SEARCH IS ON.
When you see a job role that appeals to you, make sure you have complete understanding of the company and the sort of candidate they are looking for. Reflect on how your skills might match up with the qualifications required. This is an important exercise for determining if the job is even worth applying for.
The cover letter allows you to demonstrate your passion for the position you are applying for. It is the time where you can tell your story with some confidence, convincing the receiver that you are very interested in the role and you should be shortlisted for an interview. Don’t be afraid to include what you do outside of work as it is just as important as what you do at work. This demonstrates personality and may show you have transferable skills outside of the job role that may be useful and applied to the role.
When writing up your CV, you need to be demonstrating the skills and strengths you have learnt from previous roles, making sure you change them accordingly to make it applicable for the individual roles you are applying for. Have a friend or peer read over it to ensure it reads well and there are no typos, remember this is the first impression you will make to the person on the receiving end.
Think about how you can make your CV stand out from the crowd in terms of design and also design the CV with the job role in mind. A simple text Word document might not be the best approach for a Graphic Design vacancy for example. Show off your skills and make it stand out.
Could you include something with your CV? Ideas could be including a USB stick with a short video of your skills or even a little video of you introducing yourself, a portfolio of your best examples of work, something that you’ve built/made/baked(!), think outside the box!
SAY IT OUT LOUD.
Opportunities are everywhere, and you never know who you will meet along the way, be open and friendly about the fact you are seeking new employment or looking for a career change. Networking plays such a key part in the world and it would be a shame to miss out on potential new career.
NEVER GIVE UP.
Sometimes it takes time to find the right path, that goes for yourself being the right fit within a company and vice versa. Keep the momentum going and never give up on your dreams of reaching your life goals of doing what you love. Remember everything happens for a reason, you will get there in the end!
Be patient, be committed – you will be successful.
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