Train To Gain: Learning Skills That Could Make You More Important At Work

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It always feels good knowing that you’re secure in your job. The idea of losing your role at any given time can be a stressful one, and a lot of people find themselves in this position in their working life. Of course, if you have a solid contract, it will be quite hard for your boss to fire you for no reason. Redundancy and corporate restructuring can often leave perfectly good employees without their job, though. To help you to overcome to fear of losing your job, this post will be exploring some of the best skills to gain to make you invaluable to your employer.

Computer Literacy

While computers are one of the most common tools in today’s professional environments, many people don’t know their way around machines like this, and this can cause a lot of trouble when they go wrong. Having the skills to make on-the-fly repairs to computers can be a great feather in your cap when you are working in a large team. Working with software is usually more important than hardware, giving you something to focus on as you learn.

Understanding Tax

Companies often have to spend a small fortune getting their accountants to handle their tax for them. This sort of job doesn’t have to be too complicated, but you need to do some learning if you’re going to handle it effectively. Companies like https://www.tri-merit.com/tax-training-and-cpe/ will be able to help you to train to work with taxes, giving you the ability to save your company money and make sure that they are following the rules with their work.

Data Protection & Compliance

With governments across the world breathing down the necks of businesses, compliance has never been more important to your company. Of course, while companies work extremely hard to make sure that their teams follow the rules, it can be very helpful to have someone on the ground who knows enough to post mistakes being made. You can learn about the laws that control your employer, while also keeping your eyes open for new developments in this area.

Scouting Skills

It would be a mistake to assume that every business has the same needs. These entities are unique, and this means that it can be a good idea to look for skills that are missing from your team to try and fill in the gaps. For example, if your company doesn’t have a training team, you could start working towards filling this role. This can be an excellent way to make yourself invaluable at work, though it’s worth being careful to make sure that you’re not wasting your time.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on learning the right skills to make yourself important at work. This process can be tricky, but it will be worth it for the security that comes with it. As time goes by, you can think about picking up even more skills, making yourself crucial to the company you work for.

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4 Tips For Those Looking For A Complete Career Change


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Growing up we were constantly asked the question – “what do you want to do when you are older?” but how many of us actually knew? Whereas once it was common for people to enter a career and to stay in it for their entire working life, now it is easier than ever to chop and change careers, a god-send for those of us who made the wrong decision the first time around. So if you’re ready for a big life change and are thinking of changing your career path, then here are 4 tips that may help. 

  1. Don’t listen to those who say you can’t

When telling your family, friends, or co-workers of your plan to change your career, you’ll likely come up against some resistance. The concept of changing careers is still quite new to some people, and others will simply be jealous of your new direction and may try putting you down in an attempt to keep you in your box. Don’t listen to anyone telling you that you can’t do anything, because you most definitely can. 

  1. Set yourself up before making the leap 

Depending on the direction that you now want to go in, you may need to go back to school in order to achieve the right qualifications. The good news is, that there are now more ways than ever to gain accreditations, for example, if you wanted to become an electrician then there are apprenticeship and online electrical courses available with Abcksmo.org. Whatever path you are looking to take, do some research into the qualifications that you may need, and where you can, try to begin them while in your current role to keep your finances stable until you can switch. 

  1. Rejig your resume

Changing careers may mean sending out your resume for the first time in a long time, and it may not read as entirely relevant to your new sector. Spend some time re-jigging your resume, highlighting your transferable skill, and any new qualifications that you may now have. If you’ve been on a previous career path for many years, then your resume may be fairly long, so try to keep it concise and relevant to the new career you want and don’t be afraid to leave irrelevant pieces of information off. Remember that you can always expand on the things you have put on your resume in your interview, so don’t waste space going into too much detail. 

  1. Remember that you can switch careers more than once

Choosing to change a career may be a big life decision, but remember that you can do it as many times as you like. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to ‘find your true vocation’ and instead remember to enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. If it turns out that the career you have chosen is not what it cracked up to be, then there’s nothing stopping you from pivoting again. The world is your oyster. 
So there you have it – 4 simple tips that you may find helpful if you are thinking about changing your career. Don’t sit on the fence, take the next step now.

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The Approaches To Finding A Creative Career (Without The Financial Hardship)

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We all feel frustrated on occasion with our current career. We find that we are dissatisfied or we need to do something that gives us more fulfillment. As a result, we start to think about a more creative career. But before you leave your current job and dive into something that you are incredibly passionate about, you have to remember the importance of financial stability. Many people would love to do something creative but in the current climate, and in general, it can prove to be a struggle. But is there a balance to maintain? Can you choose a creative career that doesn’t involve you being a starving artist?

Taking The Opportunity To Research

There are so many courses out there that can point you in the direction of a creative career but this is only one piece of the puzzle. It’s crucial to do your research but even if you decide to do a degree in movie producing does this mean you will actually start being a producer when you finish? There are plenty of careers that have a structure but also gives you the opportunity to be creative. Marketing is a very good example. Because there are so many aspects of the marketing industry, from designing products to promoting, that you can find an entryway that suits you. You could partake in a product design masters course or learn the ropes in terms of social media marketing or PR. There are so many different opportunities out there that will rely on your ability to be creative to a certain extent. You need to find the right level for you.

The Importance Of Harnessing Your Skills

If you are looking to be creative in a certain area but you don’t necessarily have the skills you don’t have to jump ship on your career. In fact, you could turn this into a hobby rather than anything else which means you have the stability of a career. It’s a very hard balance to get right. You need to be earning a regular wage but you also need to feel that you are being challenged. And this is why you have to take a long hard look at your current skills and see where these can apply in another creative outlet. For example, if you are a people person and you like working in groups there are creative careers that you may not have considered to be traditionally creative. Being a teacher is a good example. These days there are so many online opportunities to teach English as a foreign language that you can harness your creative skills in a more traditional sense. Because if you’re not willing to start all over again and undertake a new course it’s important to look at what you already have that you can sell. This is a very important thing to bear in mind when you are looking to change your career. Careers can be creative without being an art designer or working in the theater!

These two components will serve you well. It’s important to remember when choosing a creative career that if you have an aptitude for a certain type of career you may feel drawn to it but you still need to check if you have to get the relevant qualifications. And this is what will give you the edge.

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When is the Right Time to Talk to HR?

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As an employee, you have rights in the workplace. Hopefully you will never find yourself in a situation where you need to reassess what they are and seek professional advice but, just in case, you should be aware of what they are and how best to protect them. Your HR department is responsible for ensuring that you have a safe and comfortable experience doing your job. If there’s anything affecting that, then it might be time to speak to them. Many of us struggle with not wanting to cause a fuss but sometimes you may have cause to approach HR. Read on for some examples of times when you should definitely get in touch with the HR team.

1.   You are having a disagreement with your manager

HR have a lot of different functions, but one of their chief roles it to act as a conduit between managers and employees if there is a problem. You are entitled to a HR and/or union representative if any issues arise between you and your manager within your job role. This also includes if you have been asked to do something that seems to fall outside your usual responsibilities. You aren’t being lazy or difficult if you have been given a task that would usually fall to somebody else and it has suddenly been given to you.

2.   Training and development

Your team and department will have a training and development budget. You can approach HR to discuss training opportunities you might like to pursue. It might be through internal training, or job shadowing. Many companies are pleased for their employees to develop a greater degree of flexibility within their job roles. It means that absences, sickness and maternity can sometimes be covered internally without resorting to an internal hire. You can also discuss funding options for training or education opportunities outside work. If it will directly impact your job performance, then seeking this type of support is a positive step in your development and one your company should be encouraging. Even if not financial, you might find that you can get time off to attend classes or training and HR are the department to advise you on how to go about this.

3.   Offensive or inappropriate behavior

We are all looking for ways to have fun and make money. Sometimes though, a job is just a nine-to-five to pay the bills. Even if that’s the case, there’s no reason you should feel unhappy or, even worse, unsafe in your job. If there has been an injury or harassment incident within your workplace, it’s worth checking to see if you need to seek legal advice from a tough personal injury attorney. Although it might not feel like HR will give you impartial advice on how to go about this, it’s within their best interests and duty to act impartially and with due diligence so, if you need legal aid, then they will let you know at what point.

Remember, your HR department is there to support you. Never feel apprehensive about approaching them and, if you’re unsure, you can always precede a face-to-face meeting with an email to check in.

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The top FOUR reframes for looking at Time, Money, and Success

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As I marched into the living room grabbing my laptop to begin tackling just one more project, I barked at my husband, “I don’t have enough time.” After all he did was so kindly offer a suggestion for my business. This was the stark reality of what my life was becoming when I entered my first business. I truly believed that more time in the business was the only vehicle to more income and more success.

Luckily, I was able to disarm this lie pretty quickly and I will preface this with, if I had not disarmed this immediately, I would not own a business today.

MORE TIME DOES NOT EQUAL MORE SUCCESS

Believing that more time spent in the business equals more success is a lie. Yes, time is certainly a factor, but working smarter not harder is truly the secret sauce. From then on I decided to lead with simplicity and intentionality in all that I did.

Now I want to share with you the top FOUR reframes for looking at time, money, and success differently.

These are rooted in simplicity, aren’t glamorous, but I promise, will help propel your success that much faster.

1. BELIEVE THERE IS PLENTY OF SUCCESS TO GO AROUND

Believe there is plenty to go around (abundance mindset) and do not say yes out of scarcity because it will bleed into the next tip.

I see so many entrepreneurs at varying stages in their businesses say yes to a project, contract, collaboration, basically any type of opportunity because of FOMO.

Let me just say that often these clients and opportunities are enticing and maybe they “could” be that stepping stone in getting you to where you want to be. However, here is a question I offer my clients to help them say yes from their best mindset, “if you were in the place you wish to be in six months, would you say yes to this client or opportunity?”

I am all for taking what you need to take to get started and seeing opportunities as stepping stones, but people tend to forget that opportunities are endless and that just as quickly as that one came, another will be on its way.

I say this because I want you to know and believe that you don’t have to take the breadcrumbs. There will always be another and better opportunity. Take some time to say yes. Often if you wait even just a few days, another one will have already presented itself, which could be even more ideal!

2. DON’T SCALE SO QUICKLY

This one is part two from the first tip. Here’s something to chew on, when you do your work with excellence, word will spread quickly—people will start talking about your ethic and happily share with others. 

And unfortunately, I see so many talented business owners have difficulty setting limits with themselves. They set out to take on a set amount of work, but they begin getting word-of-mouth referrals and rather than set a limit and say “I am booked solid at the moment and can put you on the waitlist or I’d love to offer you a referral,” they instead say YES and later shoot themselves in the foot.

I see this happening more often than you would think and it’s that fastest way to lose your business.  They are excited to see all the work come in so they do one of two things, take it all on themselves and spread themselves so thin, or begin contracting work or hire on someone to take on the work because they don’t want to miss out on an opportunity.

Then what happens next? They can’t keep up. They’ve maybe had a business just a few years, have never had employees, and realize they can’t keep up on their work, their contractors work, and the quality plummets.

Those loyal and happy customers are no longer happy anymore and decide to find someone else to replace you. Just as quickly as word of mouth spreads from happy customers, unhappy customers spread twice the speed. Now you are stuck paying a contractor or employee with no customers to serve. I know this may sound harsh, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this happen.

So in a nutshell, don’t scale too quickly. Grow a solid base of happy and loyal customers. Serve them and serve them well. Keep that waitlist. Once you’ve got a good handle on running a FULL business, time management, and really have some trustworthy people you might be able to slowly pass some work to (not out of scarcity), then slowly scale.

3. SET REALISTIC INCOME GOALS

Set realistic income goals where you won’t burn out. This also plays off of the last point, don’t set an income goal for yourself just because.

It’s so important you are intentional with your reasoning behind your money goal. I hear so many new entrepreneurs say, “I want to have my first 10k month before Q2 for the year.” Ok that’s cool, but why? And how?

You made 3k in your business each month so far and now you want and need to make 6k extra starting next month? Just doesn’t make sense!

How about we first look at how long you’ve been in business, how much time you have to pour into your business, what type of resources you already have set up in business, then ask yourself, do I have the capacity to take on that much extra work right away (without burning out)? And lastly, where will this money go?

If there is no intention behind why you want to make it and you set that number only because you think you should or it sounds successful, you will not hit it.

Here is a reason to want to hit a specific goal, “to have enough money leftover that I can make a big dent in my student loans or to have enough saved up for our dream honeymoon.” When you can visualize where the money will go, it makes it more tangible.

But then ask yourself, “realistically, how long will it take me to pay off my student loan or save up for that honeymoon without burning out?” Set little mile markers based off of your past earnings, time available, and resources to help support this goal. Set yourself up for SUCCESS friend!

4. BET ON YOURSELF FIRST

I see so many entrepreneurs reinvest all of their money into ads before they fully understand what their business even is. Even in year FOUR of my coaching business, I’m hiring an agency for the first time to set up ads for my book launch. I’ve dabbled with them in the past and have only lost money.

I think it’s crucial those first few years to really understand the buying behaviors of your customers. Get to know who these people are. Who is saying yes to that discount code you are offering? Who is engaging with you on social media?

Really jump into the trenches. Get dirty. Learn who your people really are and learn their buying behaviors.  Yes, it may take a little longer to grow your business this way, but it’s a heck of a lot safer betting on yourself than some ads that could possibly bring in a potential customer or a small sale. Friend, trust me on this one!

If you can keep these four reframes top of mind, I assure you that you will feel more confident, fulfilled, and at ease throughout your business journey!


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So, You Want To Make Some Music?

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Making music can be very therapeutic and enjoyable. The catharsis of creating music can be greatly beneficial in your life, and if you have a passion for music, making sounds that excite and inspire you might be a hobby worth pursuing. 

If you are thinking about getting into creating your own music, either for your own personal pleasure or as a professional sideline, you may be wondering where to start. 

Decide What You Want To Get Out Of It

Do you just want to make music for your own sake? Are you looking to create, record, and perform with other musicians? Or, are you looking at creating your own studio space and creating music that you can share and maybe even earn money from? 

There is no reason why you could not do any of these things if you apply yourself. Decide what you want to get out of your music and pursue that avenue. If you just want to play for your own sake, do it. When it comes to working with others, look online for bands to join. Once you have jammed with the right musicians, you might find a connection. 

Starting up your own studio space at home will involve buying the right equipment. 

Buying The Right Kit

Whatever you decide to do in order to make music, you will need the right equipment. This may mean instruments, amplifiers, or recording software and microphones so that you can turn your spare room into a studio. 

Whether you are reading focusrite 2i2 reviews or looking for opinions on which specific Fender guitar to buy, other people’s experiences with specific musical instruments and equipment can be invaluable when it comes to deciding on your next major purchase. 

Make a shopping list of all of the things that you will need, and then go and read as many reviews of different products as possible. With some purchases being quite expensive, you will want to be sure that you have made the right decision. 

Promoting Yourself

If you have decided to start a band, or are making your own music from home that you would like other people to listen to, you will need to promote yourself. There are plenty of avenues that you can explore when it comes to self-promotion. 

Firstly, get yourself a profile on the major social media sites. Make sure that you create an image that suits your musical brand. Think carefully about what you want people to know and focus on. Secondly, get yourself signed up with as many music promotion sites as possible. Think about using sites like Bandcamp or SoundCloud to promote yourself. 

Share your music online as often as possible. Sites like YouTube can be very helpful, you will need to create some great videos to share. 

Make sure that you are active on all of your profiles. The key to building a name for yourself will be interacting with anyone who pays your music any interest.

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Taking The Next Step On The Career Ladder

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

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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Three Things to Try if You Hate Your Job

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Feeling frustrated in your career? If you wake up every morning feeling like you’re stuck in groundhog day and wondering ‘what’s the point?’ It’s time to make a change. When we spend so much of our time at work, if you’re highly dissatisfied and unhappy here, you’re never going to be fully happy in your life overall. Here are a few things you can do.

Try and move up

One of the reasons people start to feel trapped and dissatisfied within their job roles is that they become stagnant. They’re no longer learning new things, their earnings are limited and it all starts becoming very boring and samey. If the reason you dislike your job is because of this, have you considered moving up the ranks? If there’s scope for a promotion then take steps to try and achieve it, it might involve doing some additional education and training but could be so worth it. A higher position will often mean more money, and you’ll be doing things that challenge you again which can help you to feel more satisfied. 

Change careers and start from the bottom

If you genuinely dislike the field you work in, then changing to something completely different could be the way to go. This is a bold move, often it will involve starting right from the bottom. This can feel disheartening if you’re moving from a job you previously had respect in due to your skills and experience, but it can be so worth doing. Decide what your end goal will be in your career and work your way up the ranks. The journey might change over time, but at least it gives you something to work towards and an idea of what you’ll need to do to get there. 

Start your own companyOne reason many people can feel frustrated in regular career or job is they feel as though they’re working hard to build someone else’s dream for them. They can feel restricted by the confines of their career and feel their ideas would be better used elsewhere. If this sounds like you, why not start your own business? It can take hard work and dedication to get it off the ground, but once you’re set up you might feel far happier than you ever did working as an employee. You can be creative and think outside of the box, you can do things your way and earn money in a way that’s genuinely meaningful to you. Hire staff to help make your dreams a reality, utilise cloud solutions and all of the tech and software available to you to increase your chances of success.

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Tips to Help Navigate Life After College

So you’ve just finished college, or maybe you’ve been out for a little while now and have no clue as to what you’re doing. Leaving college can be daunting because unless you want to go on to do further education, you’re now supposed to be facing the reality of adulthood.  That’s terrifying because what if you don’t know what you want to do? You’ve lived as a student for a few years, and now you’ve been pushed out to fend for yourself. Here are some tips to help navigate life after college.

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Work On Your Resume

Your resume is the first port of call because you’ve probably either not looked it before going to college or you simply don’t have one. Some of us will have odd jobs throughout our school days, but many might not start their very first job until leaving school or college. So with that in mind, you want to work on the resume because this is what’s going to get you noticed and hopefully into those interview rooms for your dream job or career. If you’re refreshing an old resume, add on your education and then tweak the experience slightly to reflect what you’ve been doing in college. That might not be a lot, but every little helps. When writing your bio, keep it brief because you can always go into more detail if you need to provide a cover letter.

If you’re writing your very first resume, then you can find a simple template online. You want to make it stand out in a good way, so don’t go too fancy or complicated with the resume design. Keep it short and sweet, and ideally, you don’t want to go over two pages. If you haven’t had much experience, then it’s unlikely you’ll go over one page.

Speak To A Careers Advisor If You’re Lost

Trying to figure out what you want to do can be difficult, and there will be a point where you may feel so lost about what it is you actually want to do with the rest of your life. It’s a big ask after all. Careers advisors can be found down your local jobcentre, or you could go back to the college campus and speak to a student advisor there. They can offer you some professional advice and guide you through the options that you may have in front of you currently and what you might like to do in the future. Use this as an opportunity to discuss any worries or fears that you might have moving forward and ask questions. A careers advisor is going to certainly help you get some focus on what’s out there and what you should be doing next in order to secure a job, whether that’s something that starts off your career or whether you want to go straight for that dream job. It all depends on what skills and experience you need.

Get Your Finances In Order

Oh, the finances – let’s talk about that. When you go to college or university, the fees are going to be expensive, and so you may have a lot of student loan debt. It’s a good idea that you get a job as soon as possible as you want to start paying it back. However, it’s worth getting your finances in order and creating a budget for yourself so that you save your money to enjoy your adult life too. You can’t really afford to live that student lifestyle now. To get everything in one place, find out what you owe and who you owe it to. Try to consolidate all this into one loan if possible so you can keep an eye on it.  You may want to refinance the loan if the current one isn’t really making much headway in paying it off. Keep on top of your budget and work with what you have from take-home and try to save any extra money you can in order to continue paying the loan off. It’s going to take a while, but it’s all worth it for the degree that you got in the process.

Expect To Fail At Some Point

This might be hard to hear, but everyone fails at some point. Some fail multiple times, and that’s ok because failure is a life lesson that is certainly worth learning. Don’t be worried about failing or going into a role that you might not be enjoying a few months later down the line. That’s completely normal, and it just means you have to figure out what it is you enjoy and what you’re not enjoying. Everyone’s different, and everyone finds their feet at different points.

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It’s hard to come to terms with the reality that the role or job you wanted to go into might not be something you no longer want to do. However, that’s nothing to be afraid of, and you will certainly find the thing you want to do in life. It’s just going to take some adjustments and looking at what you are talented at. 

Seek Advice For Job interview Prep

When you’ve found the job you’d like to go for, next comes the interview prep. If you’ve received notification of an interview, then congratulations! That was half the battle and now comes the decider on whether you’re right for the role or not. Always remember that even though you might have everything they need, you might not be the right suit for the company. That’s nothing against you as a person, it’s just who might fit the dynamic a little better. Interview preparation is a little daunting when you’ve not done it before. It’s always good to get some advice from friends and family or perhaps contacting someone in that current position on LinkedIn is a good idea. They might be able to give you some handy pointers on how they performed in the interview and what they feel may have swayed the judgement of the interview panel.

Before the interview, make sure you’ve practised the way you’ll speak to people before and during the interview. It might be good to have someone do a mock interview so that you can practice some questions that might be similar to the ones asked in the interview. Think about the clothing you wear in relation to the type of company it is and always approach the interview with confidence and a smile. Don’t be boastful or try to fake your way through an interview because chances are, they’ll see right through it. Just be yourself and be honest if you don’t know how to answer a question. Ask questions back, too, when given the opportunity to do so.

Experience Is Needed

Even though you’ve just spent an ample part of your life studying, to be told that experience is valued moreover a degree is a bit of a gut punch but its true. A lot more employers will want experience over qualifications. That doesn’t mean that qualifications are useless. If you had the experience and qualifications, and someone just had experience, then who do you think is likely to get it? Don’t get too down-hearted if you lack the experience because you might impress them enough with your personality and how you come across to them, in person. There will be times where you need to start from another role and build yourself up with experience before you can go for that dream role. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don’t feel like you’re missing out or starting too late in your career.

Know Who Your Friends Are

You make friends throughout your lifetime and those that you had in college, might not be your lifelong friends. The same goes for those you make in school, those in your hometown and those at work. You are likely to have a mixture and perhaps a small selection of constant friends who drift in and out of your life. Only you know who your true friends are because they are the ones you call on first to meet up for drinks. They are those people who you call in an emergency because the chances are, they’ll be there ready to do whatever you need them to do. Friends come, and friends go, and even though it might be tough to grasp, that’s adult life. We all have our careers and our personal lives to live, and that might mean that you miss seeing others for a while. However, those friends who are going to stay will make an effort to see you and vice versa.

Navigating life after college is tough, but like everything in life, you learn to adapt to the change, and you’ll find your rhythm eventually. So work on your resume if it’s a little bit out of date and speak to a careers adviser if you’re having trouble picking your career path. Sort you your finances moving forward, work on your experience and get ready for your life as an adult. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

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Seven Ways To Craft A Killer Resume

Writing your resume can be one of the hardest parts of job hunting. Writing about yourself and showing off your professional achievements can be difficult, especially if you’re not naturally a writer. If you’re struggling with your resume, follow these tips to ease the struggle and craft a resume that will lock down that job interview and help you get the job. 

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  1. Tweak your resume for the sort of job you’re looking for. You don’t have to list every job you’ve had since you were 18. Your retail job from college probably isn’t relevant for the career you want now, so leave it off. Instead, showcase the jobs and skills that are the most relevant to the job you want. 
  2. Keep a master list of all your jobs in a document on your computer with your complete employment history. Add some bullet points of key achievements too. As you’re changing up your resume for each application, you can easily go to your master list and just copy and paste the relevant parts you need, rather than having to type them out every time. 
  3. Make your resume still makes sense when skim read. Hiring managers have a lot of resumes to read through. Use clear headings and bullet points to make sure a quick read can still get your key skills across clearly. Allow for recruitment software too. Some companies use software to search for keywords before a human sees your application, so make you use relevant key phrases to get through this stage. 
  4. Keep your resume compact. If you send across a huge document, the person in charge of hiring is unlikely to read it all. Cut the fluff out, and trim your resume down to a shorter length. Aim for about a page, and definitely no more than two pages if you’re struggling to get it to a single page. If you’re struggling to slim it down, read this guide to organise your resume in a more concise way. 
  5. If writing your resume yourself is proving to be too difficult a challenge, think about bringing in a professional. There are plenty of online services for resume writing, so you can hire an expert to write a top resume to show off your skills. 
  6. Keep formatting simple. Choose a simple font in a size that is easy to read and leave plenty of white space on the page. This makes your resume clearer and easier to look over. Separate out different section with headers, but keep the rest consistent and classic in style. 
  7. Be careful about adding too many extras to your resume. Some people advise adding extra details to stand out like infographics, but use these kind of things with a light hand. If you’re applying for a job with a more traditional company, leave off anything too flash. If you go for a job that requests the application in a particular format, make sure you follow their specifications and don’t get too wild trying to make your resume stand out.

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