Are you bored with your current job, and looking for a change? It could be that you are in a bit of a rut, looking for some further development or progression, or simply just want to try something new.
It can be difficult in the job market to find something you really like, or the perfect opportunity for you – so we’ve put some tips together as to how you can land a better job.
Skill up with a Course
If you want to try something different, a great way to do that would be to take another course. It can be fun to learn new things in general, never mind to get a chance of a different career.
Or it could be that you are looking to progress further in the industry that you are in, in which case – there are bound to be lots of advanced courses that you can take that will make your CV stand out. There are so many courses available these days – you are bound to find something that suits what you are looking for.
Go Back to University
It could be that you are looking for a big career change that requires a specialist qualification. You are never to old to go back to University. Alternatively, it could be that you aren’t quite sure what you want to do – but a browse at some university courses could put you on the right path and give you some inspiration.
A qualification from university will always look impressive on your CV. Not only does it show that you have knowledge in that field, but that you have a great range of skills such as sticking to deadlines, the ability to learn quickly, as well as being able to collaborate with others. All of this is a great way to get you to land a better job.
Work on A Project When Not in Work
Of course, you won’t be able to work on a side project within working hours – but there’s no reason why you can’t do something else in your spare time as long as it doesn’t interfere with what your contract of employment states.
For example, lots of people take up a photography project for example, and once they are experienced enough – set up on their own, and open their own business doing what they really like doing. This is a great way to explore your interests and turn them into a job.
Visit a Recruitment Agency
There are lots of top recruitment agencies out there that will be able to find you a great new role. They specialize in fitting the right candidate to the right team, so visiting one of them could be exactly what you need.
They will spend a bit of time with you, interview you, and understand what your skills and experience are. It then puts them in a great place to put you in front of companies that are looking for roles that you would suit.
Use LinkedIn to Sell yourself
There is no doubt that more and more headhunters are looking on LinkedIn to source quality candidates. This means if you are on LinkedIn and selling yourself well, that you are much more likely to create these kinds of opportunities for yourself.
It is also probable that when you submit an application for a job, that one of the first things they will do is check your social channels – with LinkedIn being the main one. This gives you yet another opportunity to create a good first impression to any prospective employer.
Dress to Impress
If you do get to the interview stage, another way to make sure you make a good first impression is dressing appropriately. If in doubt as to what to wear, it’s always a good idea to overdress rather than under dress.
There are some general rules that you can follow such as not wearing more than 2 or 3 colours, and it’s always a good idea to be prepared and layer up to make sure you are prepared for all occasions. Make sure you take care of the final details – as it will let the interviewer know about your preparation and organisation skills.
That means, check there aren’t any creases in your outfit, any rips in your tights, if your shoes are polished etc.
Little things like this can make all the difference when trying to land your next job.