What to consider if a new job is on the cards
Whether you’re looking for an internal move or a change of scenery, there are a few things to consider.
So you’re starting to think that a new job is on the cards?
Here are five things you should start doing today to get yourself organised.
1. Google yourself.
In the digital age, everyone knows you can find out pretty much anything about anyone. So often, the first thing we do when we meet someone new is… Google them.
What does Google say about you? Get ahead of the search by tidying up any loose ends. And set your social media to private…
2. Whip your LinkedIn profile into shape
Think of your LinkedIn profile like a living CV. It’s the first thing a hiring manager will look at when they hear your name – and will also make their first impression of you. Make it count.
Are you someone with attention to detail? What value do you bring to the table? How does your past experience qualify you for a role?
3. Make a list of target companies – then mystery shop them.
A job search is easier when you get a picture in your mind of the kind of business you’d like to work in. Make a list of places you’d like to work; while they may not be your ‘final destination’, it can help you clarify the types of places you’d like to work.
The next step is to mystery shop your list.
What’s the customer experience like? How would I add value or improve what I see?
Mystery shopping is fantastic interview research – but it’s much easier to do when you’ve got time on your side. Having experienced a companies services can demonstrate your commitment to join a company.
Mystery shopping could include test drives, contacting the customer support team to find out about a new product, buying gifts off their website or enquiring about their services.
4. Get your CV into shape.
The first thing you’ll need to apply for a job is a well-written CV. There’s nothing worse than writing one under pressure, so take the time to craft it now. Break the challenge down into parts and allow time for each section to maintain focus.
Download our helpful CV writing template with directions here.
5. Document your successes!
Make a list of your achievements, things you’ve worked on. Document real examples of your work and your contributions. It’s much easier to capture this while you’re working than trying to remember back.