6 steps to your new job!

Changing jobs is exciting, with new challenges, new people and a different culture but changing jobs can also be stressful and occasionally a minefield if not approached correctly. Here’s a guide to 6 essential steps to take ahead of any decision, which when combined, will ensure you make the right move for you.

1. Why do you want to change your job?

Before you make your decision to move on talk with your line manager or HR department about other options open to you within the business, sometimes career progression within your current employer is a less stressful path, If you still decide to leave, be clear in your own head on the reasons that you wish to move. There can be many factors but most commonly, lack of progression, salary expectations and peer to peer relationships are generally at the heart of most job moves, but be clear in your own head what your motivation for leaving is when asked by prospective employer

2. Know your strengths

Look at yourself objectively, prepare a list of the duties and responsibilities you have had in the current role. Draw on previous performance feedback about where you have excelled and where you need to focus for improvement. Future employers know you are not perfect, highlighting areas of developmental needs sends a mature and reflective message about your approach to personal learning.

3. Have a plan

Consider what’s important to you, location, salary, working hours, sector, career path, or any other priority.  Don’t interview for jobs that if offered, you would not ultimately accept. Identify recruitment agencies and potential employers that you would initially like to target.

4. Prepare your CV and online profiles

Develop a succinct CV using bullet points to highlight your experience. Highlight your educational results and draw attention to your achievements both in and outside of your career. Review your social media presence and ensure it reflects your CV and that there isn’t anything on these profiles that you would not wish a prospective employer to see.

5. Speak to other people

Speak to colleagues or friends that may have recently been through the job search process,  what can they tell you about their experience and maybe recommend a recruiter or agency that they have worked with firm?

and at an interview. Be confident and be prepared to take a sideways or even downward step for a period in order to build capability in the target position type.

6. Be patient, you'll get there!!

Finding the right job can take time, but always be prepared.  Don’t move, or stay, for the sake of it. Work to a plan, be patient and know that if you stay committed the right job will come along. Be prepared to listen and take advice from professionals along the way.

prepared to take a sideways or even downward step for a period in order to build capability in the target position type.

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