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Tips for taking the next step in your career!

Kim Vercoulen 05-12-2019 10:59 AM
Categories: Labour Market

The holiday season is coming closer, a period when a lot of people start contemplating their life choices. One question that comes to mind is “am I still happy in my current job, or is it time to make a change?”. You might be one of those people thinking about taking a new step in your career. If this is the case, there are a few stages you will need to go through. In this article I will take you through that journey: from thinking about changing to going on an interview with the hope of landing your dream job.

The first thing you will need to do, is really think about what makes you happy in your work and what does not. This will give you more clarity in taking the next step while planning your career. We notice that a lot of candidates underestimate this process. Paying attention in taking a deeper dive into what work elements dive you, ultimately results in a higher chance of finding the perfect job match.

When you have a clear view of the job you are looking for, you can start preparing for applications. The first and most important thing you will need is an updated CV. Make sure you highlight your most relevant experience and re-evaluate your CV for each position you are applying for. When you have done this you should also update your LinkedIn profile in a way that matches your CV. It doesn’t look very professional when the dates used in your CV don’t match your LinkedIn profile. When applying make use of your network, it can strengthen your application if you know someone in the company you are applying for. This is also where recruitment agencies come in handy. They have connections you can take advantage of and sometimes have vacancies that you won’t find on the company websites.

When you have sent out applications to acquire your dream job, you will hopefully receive invitations for interviews. In a previously article written by my colleague Pieter, he gave some pointers to take in mind when preparing for a job interview. You can also take a look at this article I wrote about the STAR technique and how you can use it to describe your competences. In my eyes, one of the most important things in an interview is that the recruiter (and or hiring manager) must walk away from the meeting with the feeling that you are enthusiastic about the job and the company. Because even though you are the most skilled candidate for the job, recruiters will be reluctant to hire someone who seems disengaged during the interview. On the other hand, a candidate who can project their enthusiasm for the job is more likely to leave a lasting impression on the interviewer!

Are you looking for a new career step and need some help finding the right job? Or do you simply want to discuss your options? Don’t hesitate to contact me or Pieter to schedule an appointment!

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