Tags: Career Advice

It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and with that comes a lot of talk surrounding goals and resolutions. Many of them will have a lot to do with your career and the steps you want to take. After all, many of us spend a big chunk of our days working and earning a living, so it is important to be happy with that side of our lives. But, is it time for change? Do you know what you want to do? Often taking that leap of faith into an unknown can be quite daunting, so here are some practical steps to take to help you secure your new job and career direction.

Think about what you want to do

The first step to take would be to consider exactly what you want to do when it comes to your new job and the career you want. Now is the ideal time to think about what interests you, what gives you passionate and drive on a daily basis, and also what you think you would be good at when it comes to your skills and experience you may have already gained. It is good to have these thoughts, because once you know what you want to do, you can make the necessary steps to make it your reality.

Do you need qualifications to make it happen?

The next thing to think about is whether the choice of career that you have decided upon, needs some from of qualifications to make it your reality. Many professions require certain qualifications and certificates to enable you to be qualified to do the job. Things like social work may need you to look into a social work degree online. Nursing and healthcare professional jobs will require degrees, weather done at university or online. Even things like skilled jobs such as hairdressing or nutrition., for example, will require some level of study. Take the time to look at the direction you may need to take.

Updating your resume and being specific

Once you have the qualifications, it is now time to take the step to get the job your want. So you need to think about updating your resume and adding your new found qualifications as well as any experience you have gotten to help you stand out from other potential applicants.

Seeking out potential opportunities

Sometimes jobs are not publicly advertised, or there is such a demand for the job that’s it isn't advertised for too long. So sometimes you need to be proactive when it comes to finding the jobs. You could look at employees directly, emailing and adding to be notified of any upcoming jobs. Or just email directly trying to make new contacts.

Rocking the interview

Finally, you might need to think about how you will appear in the interview. This is the final chance to make an impression and to land yourself the dream job. Have confidence in your ability, think about how you present yourself, and practice potential questions so that you feel happy and content with your answers.

Let’s hope these steps help you to secure your new dream job.

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