So you’ve decided you want to take a new direction in your career, but before making any drastic, rushed decisions there are a few pointers you should consider.
Below are some of our top tips to get you started on making the big move.
1. Make sure you’re really ready – emotionally and practically
Before you decide to seek a new career move, ask yourself, are you are looking for the right reasons, and not just because you’re having a bad day? You need to ensure that you are committed to the job search process, willing and able to conduct research, take phone calls and attend job interviews.
2. Consider what you really want from your next role
Self-evaluation is critical but often overlooked by many professionals when they start thinking about finding a new job. Take some time to assess:
- What do you need and want from work?
- What skills and experience do you have to offer?
- What type of role interests you?
- What type of organisation will be actively looking for your skill set?
This will help you clearly articulate to recruitment consultancies and employers what you want to achieve from your next move.
3. Do your research
Once you are clear on the sort of role and employer you are looking for, research the organisations and available jobs that meet your criteria and assess if they will add value to your resume, career or skill set.
It’s also essential to seek if the opportunities exist in the current job market. For advice on this, an option is to talk to recruitment consultancies about the current market, which organisations are hiring and how long the recruitment process is currently taking. Ask for any market update and salary information and sign up for job alerts that match your chosen job criteria.
4. Get networking
By being well-networked, you’ll not only be able to tap into the 'hidden' job market; you’ll also be giving yourself a real advantage over other candidates. Your network should include anyone who can assist you with a job search or career move — from past and present co-workers and bosses to colleagues from business associations and friends. Attend industry events or special networking sessions and use tools like LinkedIn to expand your professional social circle.
Before you decide to seek a new career move, ask yourself, are you are looking for the right reasons, and not just because you’re having a bad day?
5. Keep learning
“The more that you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” - Dr.Seuss
There's always something more to learn, or something that you can strive to do better than your competitors. Identify these areas, incorporate continuous learning as an integral part of your job, and evaluate your skills periodically, keep your skill-set current and updated. Do regular researches, read voraciously, ask probing questions, jot down every idea that comes your way, benchmark the successful people whom you admire and find a mentor.
6. Spend adequate time on your application
While this may seem like common sense, many professionals can stumble at this hurdle. Your application should be achievement-driven and sell to a potential employer the benefits of hiring you as an employee. It should always be tailored to the selection criteria and explain why you are the right person for the role. Think of your CV as a sales document – it needs to sell you and where you can add value, and convince potential employers that it will be worth their time to interview you.
7. Consider interim management
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein
If you’re unsure exactly what your next career move should be, interim management could be an option for you. It gives you the opportunity to test your capabilities in new environments, helping you to make the next all-important career decision. Interim management assignments can also offer you greater flexibility, work/life balance and the opportunity to increase hourly earnings. Plus, the variety that comes with working in interim management increases your skills base, industry knowledge, experience and exposure to dynamic environments.