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Many job seekers dive into their search with more enthusiasm than self-reflection.
And though I say ‘bravo’ to those people, there are certain things you should consider if you want to set yourself up for success.
So take a step back from the CV for a moment, shut down your computer, and assess your situation and preferences:
First and foremost, you need to know your reasons for embarking on a new career path. Is it simply for money? Or professional advancement? Are you trying to improve yourself or is your job simply to facilitate other activities?
What motivates and excites you? Know your passions and let them shine when preparing applications. It will guide you towards the jobs that suit you.
It’s not enough to list the things you’ve done and that you can do. Analyse the actual value of each experience and skill, determining how this makes you an asset.
This encompasses a wide number of considerations;
Do you want to work in a city or a small town? Are you willing to relocate, nationally or abroad? What size of office or company would you be comfortable with? What ethics and values should the company demonstrate?
However vague your plans for the future may be, it is worth comparing possible paths and deciding which step will take you towards something that will make you happy.
Remember: taking your time to find the right job is worth more than settling for a job ‘for the moment’.
Employers, on the whole, look for specific skills or experience for each role in their company. Once you know what you want, figure out what knowledge and/or background will be needed to fill that role.
It may become clear that having a particular qualification/language/skill set would impress the right people. So learn the language, practice the skills, take the course needed. You may not reap the benefits now, but your CV will gradually become more valuable to the employers you seek.
Now you’re ready to put yourself out there in the job market! From now on, your CV and cover letter will be more focused, and your searches and applications more targeted.
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