As we approach the middle of April, it is likely that your New Year, new me ideals and promises have sadly fallen by the wayside; it happens to us all.
However, it is never too late in the year to start out on a new path. Perhaps you have decided that 2019 is the year you want a new challenge and look for a new career. There are plenty of articles online about upskilling and learning information on how to better your job prospects, but what about sourcing the right job for you.
Here at the advertiser.ie we provide you with a few ideas of what could be of interest.
What are your interests?
They say if you are doing something you love, you will never work a day in your life and it is true. You should be energised to go to work every day, not dreading it. Now, obviously, passion is not the only requirement for a job but it is that passion that will help you push through tough days, leaving you with a sense of contentment when you clock off for the day.
Do what you are; not what you love
We all enjoy doing what we are good at because being able to complete tasks to a high standard gives us a sense of worth. Sometimes, you may not be the most adept at what you love. Perhaps basing your job hunt on your personality and ability might be more fruitful in the long run.
Interviews are a two-way conversation
When doing a job interview, the candidate usually just prepares their answers. However, you should be going into an interview with your own questions. Remember the company should be trying to sell itself to you as the best place to work in town. Your questions can be as simple as how much money, to bigger requests like what policies do they have in place for staff development. Just like at school, never be afraid to ask.
Do background research
An interview is like a first date, the business is hardly going to put on its best face and show that they are a catch. But like a couple getting comfortable (if you get the job ) you will start to notice things that irritate and grate as time goes on. Try to find out from current employees or ex-employees about the company. Opinions can vary, obviously, from person to person but if a strand of thought about a company becomes common, good or bad, then it is probably so.
Put a time limit on your search
It is important to limit on your job hunt or else it could spiral, and five years down the line you could be still stuck in the same, old job. Usually, one year is the best as it gives you adequate time to search but not enough time to procrastinate. If after a year you have had no luck, then it is time to re-assess; are you looking in the right area? Is your CV as good as it can be? etc. Once this is done, go at it again.
Never quit your job and look
The saying; "It is easier to get a job when you are in a job" rings true time and time again. It is a sad fact of life but employers will question the unemployed candidate sitting in front of them; 'Why hasn't anyone else employed them?' You will have more confidence, appear less desperate (harsh but true ), and you are plugged into a network which your job provides. Some people say 'Quit your job and get the fear' but rarely does this ever work.
Never give up
Getting a job is hard, never mind your dream job. Everyone out there is your competition. You will get plenty of knockbacks and closed doors. But as Billy Ocean said; "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Keep plugging away; all it takes is for one door to open and you are in.
So there you have it. Go chase your dreams.
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