It’s tough work getting a job in the first place, that the idea of starting again somewhere else seems daunting and exhausting. Sending out hundreds of applications, and trying to think of your best qualities (or at least, the ones an employer would want) is even more mentally draining than actually having a job.
Yet we all keep our resumes updated and try to learn skills to improve our prospects. We know that if we don’t suddenly feel an urge to seek greener pastures, budget cuts might lead to us being jobless anyway. Jobs aren’t forever, so here are the steps you must always take when starting a new career.
Update your resume
It might seem unfair – not to mention impractical – that prospective employers will judge your worth as an employee depending on the highlights of your professional achievements. Nevertheless, that’s the system we have to follow, so it’s time to, once again, update your resume. There is plenty of advice out there on what to include and what you can leave out, but you should remember to always make your resume look visually interesting. Employers have to read hundreds of documents in almost the same font and nearly the same format, so some creative presentation will immediately catch their eye. Some people choose to have an online resume, either on LinkedIn or as a website, so you can include the link on your resume for interested employers to explore.
Check your record
Everyone has a history, but some are more colorful than others. However, you shouldn’t let things from your past affect your future. If you know you have a record, but your dream is to work with children or vulnerable people, you need to contact a lawyer about getting an expungement; hopefully if you’ve shown good behaviour since the event, you stand a good chance of clearing your record. Keep your past where it belongs and look towards to future.
Don’t assume that the job is yours just because you’ve been invited for an interview. In addition to planning your outfit, you need to prepare what you’re going to say. Most interviewers will ask the same basic questions: why are you qualified; why do you want to work here; why should we choose you. Have a friend give you a mock interview so they can point out where you could improve, but most importantly you need to slow down and take a breath before you respond. Some people get nervous and speak too quickly, while others get quiet as the interview goes on.
Make a five year plan
Chances are high you won’t stay in this position forever, either through promotion or moving on. If you’re hoping to end up in a top position one day, a five year plan can outline the steps you need to take to get there. Your plan should outline how you’re paying for new qualifications, the position you’re hoping to get, and where you hope to end up after a few years experience.