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The Secrets to Getting that Dream Job

Some people know what job they want to do from when they are very young, and others have no idea at all. To find what might be your dream job you, first of all, need to do some research into what different jobs actually involve. There are some that can sound quite glamorous, but when it comes down to it they are not as much fun as you might of first thought. Then there are others that will pay you a lot of money, but is it worth it if you dread going to work every day? A balance is what is needed. A job you will enjoy that pays you a reasonable salary.

 

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Research and Research Again

You can find out about working in marketing, the medical profession, the motor industry, tourism, baking, and all types of other jobs by searching online. There are sites that will let you know what duties will be expected of you in any job at all, and they will let you know what qualifications you need and what you can expect to earn.

You may find that you need to complete an online fnp course or to get extra qualifications in Math’s, for instance. These sites will give you that information so that you do not waste your time applying for jobs you are not qualified for. Of course, there are some jobs that no qualifications are needed for, and it could be that it is one of those that you want to be employed in.

Once you have some idea, it is good to look at the latest news for that particular industry and look at some of the websites for the large companies in your chosen area. They will often have press releases that will tell you more, and sometimes have a careers section where you might be able to apply for a job.

If you are lucky enough to get an interview this way, study the company and their values before you attend. Check out their social media site and find as much information as you can so that the interviewer knows you are interested in them.

 

Conduct Some Practice Interviews

It is a good idea to get some friends or colleagues to do some practice interviews with you. Different people will ask different questions, so if you can find a few people to help you with this it would be even better. If you know anyone that works in the field you are trying to get into, it would be great if they could be one of the pretend interviewers.

If you are a school leaver or changing your career path, there can be questions asked that will make you seek out answers. It is not as good as on the job learning, but it can be useful if it makes you seek out more information before your real interview.

 

Sell Yourself

While still being truthful, you need to sell yourself in any cover letter and your CV. These are the first impression any prospective employer sees and first impressions count. Make sure your CV highlights your strengths, and do not be afraid to admit to some weaknesses as well. That shows honesty, which will always go down well with anyone seeking to employ people.

Your CV should be targeted at the industry you want to work in, and the language should be clear and concise. If you need help putting your CV together, you will find examples on the Internet of CV’s relating to many different industries. Use the tools that are online to help you, and give yourself more chance of getting that dream job.

For some employers, experience is as important as qualifications. Although you should let them know all about your education, previous employment and what qualifications you have, do not forget to tell them about any skills you have learned through experience. You may think they do not relate to the job you are after, the prospective employer may think otherwise.

 

 

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Make Your Online Presence Good

It is not unusual these days for employers to check people out on social media before they meet them. Check all your post on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and delete any that might be an embarrassment. If you have a LinkedIn profile, make it look as good as you can. Include a few phrases that could relate to the job you are after so that when they look at you they will see the type of person they are after.

Don’t forget that employers sometimes search these sites looking for people who might be suitable for a position they have. Make sure your posts or profile have some keywords in them that will make it more likely they find you.

 

Be Prepared For The Interview

So the day has arrived where you are finally going to have an interview for your dream job. What should you have done to make sure you are well prepared? Hopefully, you will have practised the details of your work and education history so that when asked about them you can answer in a confident manner.  This will usually be the first part of any interview, and if you are not confident over these matters, it will not look good moving forward.

Don’t be surprised if they ask you about any interests or hobbies you have. This helps them to evaluate what sort of character you are and how well you interact with other people. Be prepared to discuss your interests as much as they want, as it could be the way you handle this part of the interview that wins you the job.

One last tip for your interview. If you are going for a job as an office manager, just as an example, don’t turn up in jeans and a t-shirt. Dress appropriately for the job you are after, as before you even open your mouth the way you look is important.

 

When you feel the interview is coming to a close, ask any questions you have. These should not be about how much holiday entitlement you will have but perhaps more along the line of the duties you will be expected to carry out. If you do not have any questions for them, make sure you finish the interview with a strong handshake and a pleasant smile.

 

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Follow-Up

You have to assume that you will not be the only person interviewed for the job. Once you are out of the room it is not a bad idea to keep your name at the forefront of the interviewer’s mind.  Following up on the interview suggests that you are serious about taking on the job, and lets you remind them why you would be their best choice.

A handwritten thank you letter is always impressive, but you could also send an email if that is simpler for you. If the process seems to be moving very slowly, check in occasionally to see how much nearer they are to making a decision.

It will probably feel like you need to put a lot of effort into getting your dream job, but if you succeed, you will be very glad you did. When you hear that you have been hired for the position you wanted, thoughts of all the hard work to get it will just disappear. If you fail the first time, there will be other jobs just like it. Don’t give up, learn by the experience you have had and try to improve for the next job application.

 

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How to take your career to the next level

When you want to be able to push your career to the next level, it’s always important for you to take control of this. Your career won’t always get to the heights that you want it to, without you really being in the driving seat. Success doesn’t happen overnight or by accident. Instead, you have to be in charge and really push to get to where you want to be. Maybe you have a career in fashion that you want to build on, or another related creative field? Well, if you want to be a creative director, a CEO, or even start your own company, then you need to start to take to make that happen. So if you’re ready to really amp things up with your career, here’s what you can do.

 

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  1. Plan Your Progression

To get yourself started, you need to have some kind of idea of what you want, where you’re going, or how you’re going to climb the ladder. A lot of the time, if you’re trying to get ahead and you have absolutely no idea of where you’re going, you have an issue. So, you need to know a rough idea of what you want to do, and where you want to be. Stick that at the top of the plan, and then work backwards through the steps that you need to take or go through in order to get there – and how long this is going to take.

 

  1. Increase Your Level

Now, as you’re doing that, you may find that you need to be able to learn a little more. Maybe you want to teach design or writing? Then you may need to look at an online masters in education to be able to do that. Or maybe you want to be a fashion or creative company CEO? Then it could be that doing an MBA is going to give you the skills you need to get to a senior level in your field.

 

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  1. Build A Side Business

Another great idea here, is to think about building a business for yourself. When you come up with a side business idea that can boost your career, it can often give you the skills and experiences you need to get to where you want to be. Or, if you want to have your own business, then starting it on the side is the best way to get it off the ground and start moving forward with that part of your career.

 

  1. Get Innovative

Now, whether you’re someone who’s self-employed and already running your own thing, or you’re climbing the career ladder and you want to keep doing that, innovation can help you. For someone that wants a promotion, to make a difference in their job, or to who wants to grow their business to new-level heights, thinking outside of the box when it comes to creativity and ideas matters. If you can come up with that killer campaign, new product idea, or a better way of operating, and it makes money, you’re going to reap the rewards. Whether this is financially n your own business, or in the form of recognition or a promotion in the company that you work for.

 

How are you planning to take your career to the next level?

 

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Make Your Next Career Move Your Last

If you’ve had your fair share of career moves, then we know how frustrated you are that you haven’t found the one that’s right for you at the minute. If you’re moving around with careers, you’re probably not the type of person who likes to settle for less. You’re a go getter, and someone who will only stop when their dream career has been reached. But, when you don’t have a clue what you actually want to do, finding your dream career can be nothing short of a nightmare.

That’s why we want to help you. We think that we know a few sure-fire ways that you can make your next career move your last, and finally settle down into the working life. Have a read of the tips below, and successfully find your future career.

 

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Finding Your Feet

Finding your feet in a career is sometimes hard to do, so first, you need to find your feet in life. You need to know what interests you, and what you really couldn’t care about when it comes to work. You shouldn’t move through careers trying to find which one suits you. The best thing to do is to try volunteering work alongside your normal career to find out what you like the best. If you know what sparks an interest in you, you know what you need to work towards!

A lot of people benefit highly from doing volunteer work. Not just because it allows them to follow a path that they enjoy, but also because they can get vital experience, and potentially ease the process of being able to find a job in that line of work. Don’t worry however if finding your feet takes you awhile. The process can be slow, but the outcome at the end of it will be more than worth it.

 

Getting What You Need

Getting what you need to move forward with your career is essential. If you want to make it your last move, and you want to go into a job that you truly love, it sometimes means that you’ll have to enrol onto a course to get some qualifications. A lot of adults do this, as pretty much every course you could want to take can be done online. For example, you can take a advanced msw program which is all online. This will then give you the qualification that you need to move into a career in social care.

Considering social care is such a rewarding career. And people usually have to go to university to get into that line of work, you’re getting a pretty good deal. Yes, you might have to spend some money, and dedicate some time outside of your usual working hours to do it. But, once it’s done, it’s done!

 

Progressing Through The Ranks

This is the final step in the process. If you’re going to move into a new career, staying at the bottom will probably see you getting a little bit bored quicker than you might think. What you need to do is find a way to progress, so that not only your pay packet gets more appealing, but the role becomes more interesting.

 

Is there a career you are thinking of getting into? What is stopping you?

 

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