Being stuck in a job that has no real prospects for career growth or progression can be a very demotivating experience that many employees find hard to change. However, by following some simple career development tips, you can dramatically improve your position in the workplace and expose yourself to advantageous career opportunities.
Below are some tips to improve your chances of getting your ideal job.
Promote yourself as a brand
Build a brand identity for yourself; this can achieved be through social media platforms, joining online industry forums and discussions, and by registering with various online recruitment consultancies. Most social media profiles will allow you to include your website links, other social media links, and a portfolio, which is a great way to display your skills and experiences to prospective employers.
One of the best ways to network is to attend industry events, training programs, career fairs, and by creating an online presence for yourself. Besides creating social media profiles such as LinkedIn and Facebook, you can go the extra mile and develop your own personal blog (that is related to your ideal profession). This will help to engage similar minded individuals and essentially expose yourself to a network of valuable contacts.
Obtain recommendations and references
One of the best ways to promote yourself as an excellent addition to a department or company is to obtain positive recommendations and references from previous employers, current mangers and other individuals whom you have had a professional working relationship with. Being able to provide recommendations shows that you have taken the initiative to be prepared, and also demonstrates to potential employers that you are valued as an employee.
Focus on your goals
Although sending your CV out to hundreds of potential employers may seem like a good strategy, it will only slow you down in the overall recruitment process. It is important to focus on the companies and employers that you really want to work for, and apply for job vacancies that will give you a good deal of work experience. The more targeted you make your career plan, the easier it will be to achieve!
Further your education
Due to the competitive nature of the jobs market, it may be a good idea to further your education and obtain new qualifications that will help you to stand out from the competition. By advancing your knowledge and gaining professional qualifications, you can effectively demonstrate to potential employers that you are a highly motivated person that will prove to be a valuable addition to any department.
After you have submitted your CV to a number of selected job vacancies, you must be ready for the first call to attend an interview. You may be given very short notice for an interview, so it is vital that you are prepared in that eventuality. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for an interview is to research the hiring company, its services and current developments. You can also prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions, take online aptitude tests (or other relevant testing), and prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.
Through following these helpful career development tips, you can improve your position as an employee and essentially increase your chances of landing your dream job.