We can all get a little cold feet with our careers at some point in our lives. Wondering when we can progress up the career ladder, perhaps wanting a completely different direction and new industry or challenge. But, there are often stumbling blocks on the road ahead that keep you staying in a job that you simply don’t enjoy anymore, or just doesn’t pay enough. Which is why we thought it would be the ideal time to highlight some of the things to think about if you want to change your job soon.
Is your resume up to date
One of the first things you do when it comes to applying for a new job is to send your resume as a support for your application. However, this isn’t going to be good enough if it isn’t completely up to date. That means up to date address and contact details, and all of your work experience. Your resume is your chance to make a first impression and highlight job experience and why you might be right for the role you have applied for, so it’s essential that it is tailored for the new direction you want your career to take.
Don’t let your past hinder your future
We can all make mistakes at times, and it’s possible that sometimes your past mistakes can have a habit of hindering your future. Bad credit in the past and not paying bills on time can affect your chances of obtaining credit or a mortgage in the future. Mistakes with the law and having a record can also hinder any chances for ros[ective job opportunities or future goals. This is why in some cases you shouldn’t let your past mistakes dictate what you can do in the future, and it may be worth looking into a criminal record expungement.
Preparation is key
Once you apply and get yourself an interview, now is the time to prepare as best you can for the type of questions you may be asked, and on the company itself. It will always look good to have some background knowledge of the company and to be aware of exactly what the job entails ahead of an interview. It shows willing and professionalism as well as enthusiasm for the job. All attractive qualities to a prospective employer. You may want to consider a practice run with a friend or family member, ask them to pretend to interview you and ask you generalized questions that you may find get asked in a lot of interviews. For example, the reason behind leaving your job, your goals and aspirations for your future career, etc.
Take pride in your appearance
Finally, it’s worth making sure that you look presentable for any meetings you have with your potential new employer. Think about what you wear for the interview, how you wear your hair and present yourself. Again, first impressions count, and it is important that you make a good one the moment you step through the door.
I hope these tips help you secure your next job.