Have you started the year with grand plans to try and get a promotion or secure your dream job? Are you preparing to leave college? Are you thinking about changing career? If so, you may be wondering how to go about making your goals a reality. If you’re keen to take that all-important next step on the career ladder, this guide should come in handy.
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Applying for a new job tips
If you’ve spotted an opportunity at your current place of employment, or you’ve seen an advert that has made you think twice about staying with your employer, it’s wise to take time to prepare your application. Before you fire off a resume and craft a quick cover letter, take a few moments to read the resume, and make sure it is up to date and relevant to the position in question. It’s a good idea to tweak your resume, even if you’ve recently updated it. Look at the job description carefully and tailor your application to ensure it ticks all the boxes. When revising or reviewing your resume, remember that employers skim through applications. You need to be concise and clear, highlight your strengths and stand out from the crowd. If you get through the first stage, and you’re invited for an interview, prepare thoroughly. Try and preempt questions, run through presentations several times and practice speaking aloud. This will help you stay calm and confident and make sure you don’t miss any key points.
Improving your chances of moving up the ladder
If you’re hoping to get a promotion this year, or you want to try and apply for a more senior role, there are various steps you can take. One of the most beneficial things you can do is take advantage of training and development opportunities and further study. If you lack experience, or you haven’t got the qualifications you need to progress in your chosen industry, look at courses and programs you can take. If you have dreams of becoming a real estate agent, check out real estate training programs. If you want to be a team leader in a sales office, undertake management training. If mentoring has got you thinking about being a teacher, explore courses you could take to make this step. There are possibilities in almost every field and sector. Even if you don’t get the job you want first time around, having extra skills and qualifications on your resume will benefit you moving forward.
Changing career might not be the easy path to take, but it could bring incredible rewards. If you’re unhappy in your current job, or you know you want to be doing something else, why not start taking steps towards getting the job you do want? Find out what kinds of qualifications you need and look for training opportunities and internships to gain experience. Search for entry-level posts and sign up with recruitment agencies that specialize in your chosen field.
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The arrival of a new year often makes us think about what we want to achieve in the months ahead. If you dream of getting a new job or securing a promotion at work, hopefully, this guide will point you in the right direction.
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