Interviews / October 14th, 2016
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This blog was written by Hannah, who recently joined Boston Link after pursuing a change in career. She’s been through all of this recently, and now she’s helping others through it too, so she’s well qualified to give advice.
Before you start looking for a new job, be sure about what it is that you’re looking for. This could be a simple promotion, a sideways move, or even a complete career change; whatever it is, write down what you want to get and keep that list to refer back to later. You don’t want to waste your time searching for jobs that you are not interested in and if you know exactly what you’re looking for at the start, then you are sure to make the best use of your time.
Yes, I know this may seem like a very obvious point to make, but believe me, this happens a lot more than you may think. You only have to ask yourself, ‘how many people do you know that work in a job they don’t really want?’ Do you want to be one of them? Stick to your guns about the career path you want or the company you want to work for; this refers back to the importance of point one and also leads nicely onto…
It’s easy to be blind-sided by the fancy things put to you in a verbal discussion, but this doesn’t necessarily reflect the truth in the job position. Always ask for a job description in writing, you may need to refer back to this if you feel like the job you took isn’t the job you were promised. Having a clear job description at the start will alleviate any grey areas for you and your employer.
Most interviewers these days will ask you about your strengths and your passions. This question is now becoming one of the most important factors for employers when choosing a candidate, because they want someone who will fit into their team and more importantly have the drive to succeed. Be proud of your strengths and make a song and dance about them; remember, you are selling yourself and highlighting why you are the best choice for their company.
Researching the company is a given but remember that looking for your dream job can sometimes mean you’re offered the opportunity to move country. Though this is an amazing opportunity to travel, meet new people and have a fresh start, it is hugely important that you research your potential new hub. Being unhappy where you live can be detrimental to your career success. Check the cost of living, social life, and travel links to choose the right location and give yourself the best chance of longevity in your new dream role.
Trust me on this one. You will cause yourself a real headache if you use any more than that. It’s very time-consuming to stay on top of interviews, agency meetings, and all the preparation that goes with them.
This goes without saying, but the best way to keep those fantastic relationships is to keep everyone updated. This saves wasting both yours and their time in sending you new positions. If you take on any temp or freelance work, I would recommend that you clarify with the agencies that you are still looking for that dream job!
A lot of companies do not use recruitment agencies. A job searcher’s best tool these days is social media. Smaller companies and head-hunters tend to employ via a recommendation from other people or through LinkedIn searches. You would be passing up huge missed opportunities if you didn’t use these fantastic, free tools. Remember that you are your own product, so market yourself!
It won’t look great on your CV to have any long periods out of work. Take on some temporary work whilst you’re waiting for a better opportunity. Believe me, as tempting as it may seem, staying in bed till 10 am and watching daytime TV is really not that exciting after a few weeks. Make the most of your time and build on your list of already sought-after skills.
If you don’t successfully nail the first few job interviews, try not to take this as a knock-back. Instead, view this as an opportunity to ask for advice on how you can get your foot in the door. You can ask the interviewer for their advice on how you can gain experience to boost your chances in your job search and for any recommended, credible online courses you can do in your spare time. Doing this will show you have great drive and ambition. The interviewer may also recommend you to another company. In my case, I didn’t get the job I interviewed for due to lack of experience, I did exactly as above, and two months later the very same company called me back about another opportunity to work for them. Leave a lasting, positive impression!
Most importantly of all, have faith in yourself!