- Skills Matrix
First things first, what are your skills and what do you enjoy most about your job? I found a skills matrix helped me with this question. It allowed me to see my key skill set. From that I picked the things that brought me the most job satisfaction. When researching job roles, I looked for jobs that required these skills.
- The CV
When it comes to your CV, it’s not a case of one size fits all. Create a CV blueprint, outlining your skills and career to date. This can be tailored to suit each position you apply for.
- Do your homework
Research companies and roles that interest you. LinkedIn is great for this. A job spec can only tell you so much about a role, whereas with LinkedIn you can get real insight into roles by reading about them from the horse’s mouth.
- Play the field
Meet with several companies. You don’t have to take the first offer you receive. I was determined to find the right fit. And that meant more than just the right salary. For me it was a combination of things: the role, the people and the culture. Know exactly what it is that you’re looking for, and get it.
- Give yourself time
Set yourself realistic goals. This may not happen overnight. Prepare yourself for some hard work and probably a bit of stress. But trust me, if you get it right, it’ll be worth it!