I’ve read many articles in recent weeks that report the economy is on the up, house prices are rising and people are starting to think about advancing their careers.
If you have been contemplating a career move and feel that 2014 is ‘your time’, then there are certain things that you need to consider before you start your search.
If you’re not getting the fulfilment or satisfaction you crave in your current role then it could be the time to re-think your options. The New Year can be the perfect time to take control of your destiny and to create a fresh new start in your career.
Make sure that you have a clear understanding of why you want (or need) to make a change. If you could tailor-make your perfect job, what would it look like? The ability to be your own boss? Run your own business? The freedom to work the hours that suit you? Unlimited earning potential?
Once you know what it is you are looking for it will help you to identify the appropriate opportunities that you should pursue. This will then help you to match the requirements to the options you are interested in.
There is a fair amount of ‘housekeeping’ to complete before you pick up the phone or start sending out emails.
Make sure your CV is up to date and that it ‘sells’ you, your skills, your experience, shows a clear career progression and most importantly, is relevant to the opportunity that you are applying for.
The internet will play a significant role in your job search as it is imperative that you do as much back-ground research on the company you are applying to as possible. It is essential that the company is well suited to you and has the values and ethos that are important to you.
Don’t be scared of picking up the phone. Recruiters are always happy to have a conversation with relevant candidates and it makes the whole process more personal, giving you the opportunity to get your personality across.
It’s important to get a good feel for the company. At Travel Counsellors we invite potential Travel Counsellors to our head office so that they can get to grips with how the company works. We even encourage them to bring their partners for support. Invest time in attending open days or inductions as the time spent will be invaluable in learning more about the company.
Make sure you take the time to prepare before you start your search – it is important to establish exactly which career path you wish to embark upon.
Making a career move is a big step so make sure it’s for the right reasons and the opportunity matches your long term goals.
Good luck and I hope 2014 is your year to shine!