Five Ways To Secure The Perfect Job For You

Equal rights in the workplace have come far over recent decades, and quite rightly so! However, in some environments, it can still feel like it’s a man’s world out there and the chances of landing a job and progressing up the career ladder are limited in comparison. You have nothing to fear; reach for the stars and push your knowledge and skills to the limit. Here are five ways to secure your perfect job, whatever industry you are trying to break into.

Get the skills

It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to break into the engineering industry or the journalist field, landing your first job and going on to build a successful career will depend greatly on the skills you have. If you have your sights set on a particular profession, then take a step back and think about whether, right now, you are suitably qualified and experienced.

If you’re only just beginning, the answer will probably be no. Therefore, to elevate yourself into a position to apply for the perfect job, you will need to have a look around for some college courses or other training, that is professionally recognized, to help build your profile, and create one which will be appealing to recruiters.

If you have the time and finances, then you may want to think about heading off to college to study. If you have less time, however, you could look at local study programmes which you could complete over a shorter period. You could also check out online learning; there may be some training available that you could do around your other commitments.

If taking more time to study isn’t right for you, then you could always look for a junior position in your chosen career. The role could give you opportunities to learn while you work. But make sure it’s right for you and you earn enough money to survive.

Unfortunately, you may find yourself in a situation which is less-than-pleasant. If you come across any issues in the workplace, including sexual harassment, you should get legal advice. If you have the time and finances, then you may want to think about heading off to college to study. If you have less time, however, you could look at local study programs which you could complete over a shorter period. You could also check out online learning; there may be some training available that you could do around your other commitments.

If taking more time to study isn’t right for you, then you could always look for a junior position in your chosen career. The role could give you opportunities to learn while you work. But make sure it’s right for you and you earn enough money to survive. Unfortunately, you may find yourself in a situation which is less-than-pleasant. If you come across any issues in the workplace, including sexual harassment, you should get legal advice. Discover more about what help is available now.

Focus on the job

You may well have chosen the industry or career field that you want to work in, but have you thought about the role you truly want? Simply saying you want to go into law, for instance, is a very broad idea. You could be a legal secretary, an attorney, or work in a legal administration department among many other roles. If you haven’t done so already, you need to come up with a shortlist and then think about how you’re going to get that role you desire. Only with focus can you maximize your chances of being successful.

Market yourself

Applying for a job and boosting your profile has come a long way since the days of sending a letter to a company, a resume and maybe a photo. You now have so many tools at your fingertips to market yourself professionally. You should start by having some great looking profile information online, using sites like LinkedIn. Recruiters are always using sites like this to look for new talent, and you need to make sure that you are right in front of them.

In your online profile, you should have a professional photo, a clear, concise and compelling resume which is tailored to your skills, education, and experience. You should also add some examples of your work too. Are there any projects you’ve been particularly proud of which would add to your employability? You could also think about including some video content if this is relevant to the industry you are hoping to work in, or progress in.

Alongside your online profiles, you need to pinpoint some recruitment sites and register for job alerts, so that you will be notified of all the latest openings. Often, attached to these, are simple application processes which allow you, at the click of a button, to get your bid in for an interview.

Get interview-ready

If you get a job interview, congratulations! You now need to prepare, prepare, prepare. Like most things in life, if you don’t put the effort in, you can’t expect much return. You need to get to know the company or organization you are applying to, ensure you go to the interview being fully aware of what they do, how well they’re doing, and any suggestions to further boost their business.

You should have lots of examples in your head to demonstrate why you’re perfect for the job and how you’ll be a good fit for their company. Employers will be looking for a great skillset, and capability and they also want to see that you have the personality, communication and team assets to fit in too.

First-round interviews may be carried out remotely, via Skype or similar. If that’s the case with you, make sure your computer and internet connection is up to the job and that you have the right software installed. You don’t want to have any last-minute stress with technical problems, that could harm your interview performance! When you are live in the interview, make sure you have a calm setting where you can focus and not be distracted by anyone or anything.

Push for promotion

When you’re working in your chosen career, you’ll probably want to progress after spending a few years in your role. If you’re with a good company, which has prospects and development opportunities, you should think about staying with them. The management will already know you and have seen you in action in the workplace, and this can all help you get promoted and take the next step on your career ladder. Keep a close eye on internal opportunities, make it known to your line manager that you are looking for new roles and challenges and hopefully something will come up that suits you.

Of course, you don’t have to stay with the same company, you may find a more senior role (with higher pay) elsewhere, and so you shouldn’t be afraid of thinking outside the four walls of your existing job.

Thanks to Karina

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