Commonly raised at half-year or annual appraisals, it may come as a surprise to hear that many people don’t actually set achievable career goals (or understand the value in doing so). At Tiger, we’ve found that the process of setting career goals can be clouded by misconceptions and misunderstandings, even among experienced professionals with many
Perhaps you’ve recently relocated. Perhaps you’ve been with your business for a little too long. Perhaps you just need a new challenge. Whatever the reason, you know in your heart of hearts that it’s probably time to look for a new job. Making the decision to move is a big step in itself, but what next? How do you create interview opportunities? Where do you look to find out about those roles that aren’t advertised? And most significantly, what do you want?
Taking the next career step isn’t always easy. So, to help you find those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, we’ve compiled our top ten tips which will hopefully guide you towards your dream role.
For a complete overview on your chosen sector, we can’t stress enough the importance of completing your research. Take the time to find out what you want, who you want to work for and why.
2. Self-assess and determine your USP (unique selling proposition)
Use this time to assess where you’ve been, and where you want to go. Why would someone want to employ you, and how can you demonstrate those assets in the job application process? When you can confidently exhibit these abilities, you’ll do a far better job convincing other people of them.
If this is the job of your dreams, you may need to compromise and think seriously about what you’d consider as a minimum pay check. Find out what your market worth is and how you might compare to other competing candidates.
4. Social media
Get your social media profiles on track. Ensure all those freshers’ week Facebook photos are set to private or, better, deleted altogether.
Spend time on your CV and your cover letter, and don’t leave it to the last minute before writing it! Again, research, craft it properly, and have it proof-read by someone who’ll give you honest feedback.
They say success comes knowing the right people but we think you make your own luck. It’s down to you to create your own achievements! That said, it certainly doesn’t hurt to put yourself in situations where you’re more likely to meet people who can give you solid advice – or introduce you to those who can.
7. Be committed (and persistent)
This is the job of your dreams we’re talking about! Don’t be put off by rejection. Try and try again. And try again.
8. Be creative
There are lots of ways you can stand out from the crowd. It doesn’t hurt to try something a little different, providing that you think the business might be receptive to it.
You might be lucky enough to already have what it takes. But if you’re not, plan your path accordingly to becoming the ideal candidate. This might involve upskilling, re-training or volunteering – speak to those in the know to find out more.
10. Work with your recruiter
A good recruiter is worth their weight in gold. Once they’re convinced of your brilliance, they’ll bat for you until they find you the job of your dreams! Ask lots of questions, take on board advice and attend training.
Securing the job of your dreams is likely to be a marathon rather than a sprint. Keep to a clear path that aligns with your goals, and we firmly believe you’ll get to exactly where you want to be. Get in touch today and speak to a Tiger consultant about your career path: we may just have the dream role for you!