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How to get a better job

How to get a better job

If you’re starting to get itchy feet, now could be the ideal time to take some action and advance up the career ladder. Emily Reddy, Marketing Manager, offers some helpful tips on taking the next steps.

Many people get to a point in their career when they start to question what they are doing on a day-to-day basis and dwell on the negative aspects of the job.

But before you hand your notice in, take some time to reflect on the situation. Evaluate your career and work out exactly what you want from it. Where do you want to be in 5 years time?

Once you've evaluated your personal circumstances, weighed up the pros and cons and made the decision to resign and find another job, it's important you keep up the momentum by devising an action plan.

Think about your current job and your relevant skills, how can you translate these to make yourself appear more desirable to a prospective employer?

Develop an action plan by setting long and short-term goals, but remember why you’re doing this and realise that achieving these goals will take time, hard work and patience.

Manage your situation as you would any marketing project. Early groundwork will pay off later on, so invest time updating your CV, highlighting your greatest achievements, skills and assets.

If you are struggling to know where to start and what employers are looking for, read through the job pages and scan the internet to discover the specific skills that organisations are looking for in your particular role.

It’s important to tailor your CV to fit the role. All the information on your CV should be relevant and it must always include the basics, such as name, location, contact details and notice period.

Chartered memberships and industry qualifications are also extremely desirable to new employers. They provide tangible evidence that not only are you interested in the marketing profession, but that you are actively contributing to it.

Remember that first impressions are key. Take the time to get your CV just right and don’t forget to check your spelling and grammar. It’s also time to get your house in order, particularly given the accessibility of information in the days of Web 2.0.

If you have any online profiles on social communities, think about how they might appear to an employer. Employers will often now 'Google' potential candidates to find out about them before an interview, so that photograph of you in a drunken embrace on holiday in Ibiza will probably not impress.

Identify your target market of potential employers. Which organisations or sectors would you like to work for? Are you willing to relocate for the right role?

Often it can help if you speak to a recruitment consultancy to help you consider all career options, evaluate your CV – and some, such as Hays Marketing, will proactively market you to a wish list of employers that you have identified.

If you are invited to an interview then it is a sure sign that the company feels you have relevant skills and experience to contribute. Preparation is now vital to ensure that all your hard work does not go to waste.

Use a number of different methods to research the company such as the Internet, industry publications, the company website and discreet enquiries with associates.

Also, practise speaking at length about any work experience and skills you possess and if possible, take along a portfolio of your work. Be punctual for the interview and focus on clearly demonstrating why you should get the job.

If you are changing jobs for the wrong reasons the outcome can be a disaster. But if you follow a comprehensive action plan, take your time and put in the effort with all aspects of the recruitment process, the only way is up! 

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