We all like the idea of a change of career at some point in our lives. Whether we have gotten bored of our jobs and we like the idea of a complete change, or we are looking to take the next step in our chosen career for more responsibility, more money and more progression. But once you have come to this decision what’s the next step? I thought I would share with you how you can change your career in five easy steps. It may not secure you the job, some of the work has to be done by yourself I’m afraid. But it can set you on the right track for success.
Don’t be afraid of social media, just use it right
Many of us have been told that social media can be our downfall when it comes to job hunting. All someone has to do is Google your name, and if you haven’t got the right privacy settings, they can see everything. However, using social media in the right way can actually help you obtain the next step in your career. Of course, keep your private social media private and ensure your privacy settings are up to date. But things like LinkedIn and even Twitter can be used as a way of marketing yourself for potential employees. This is one of the ways recruiters like executive headhunters at eagleheadhunters.co.uk can find successful candidates for lucrative jobs. Just be mindful what you put on the internet and ensure that you protect yourself where needed. This way social media can be used to your advantage and not be your downfall.
Update and rethink your CV
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that your CV may need some work, especially if you haven’t been job hunting in a while. There are tips online at websites like forbes.com where you can find the right information to add or take off your CV. Make sure you update contact details and add your most recent employment.
Network, network, network
If you are hoping to stay within the same industry or even in the same company then don’t be afraid to network with clients and co-workers. Make sure your views are known to your line manager that you are looking for the next step in your career.
Retrain in different areas that will benefit your next step
Sometimes you need to rethink your skills and often taking on extra courses or learning new systems can go in your favour when applying for new jobs. Take the initiative and add what you can to boost your CV.
Brush up on your interview skills and presentation
Finally, it may have been a long time since you were last in an interview situation, so don’t be afraid to brush up on those skills. Research commonly asked questions and think about your answers in advance. It is also worth taking a once over in your general appearance to ensure that you look the part. We can all get a little complacent at times.
I hope these steps set you on the journey to changing your career.