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Making a Career Move – Five Steps for Success

31-August-2017 5:09
in Learning & Development
by Alex Barrow

Making a career change can be daunting, and the thought of going through the interview process can be even worse. When was the last time you had an interview, updated your CV, or were the ‘new person’ in the office? A career change is about learning new rules and developing new skills, but with that comes exciting challenges. Before that however, you’ve got to make it through the application process. We’ve made a list of five key points to prepare you for job hunting success: 

  1. The Resume

Your resume is the first impression you’re giving to an employer. With the competition of today’s job market, it’s imperative to make a lasting impression that makes them want you. Include your experience with a short description of where and how you’ve developed your expertise and how this relates to the job description you’re applying to.

  1. Brief, Relevant and Concise

Employers today tend to receive hundreds, if not thousands, of applications for many jobs and it is understandable that they don’t have time to thoroughly read through each resume. Because of this, it’s important to get your message across in a succinct fashion, without short-changing yourself. Highlight your relevant skills, expertise and experience in relation to the job description, each with approximately one to two sentences. This should give plenty of space to outline your attributes without being too wordy.

  1. Double-Check Your Application

Before submitting your application, make sure you’ve understood the job description and have addressed the key points in your resume. Employers want to know how your experience will fit in with the job description and they shouldn’t have to search your resume for it. If this isn’t clear to the employer, it is unlikely they will follow through with your application. Likewise, look over your resume for spelling or grammatical errors. It’s unprofessional and looks lazy if an application has not been edited; two impressions you don’t want your potential employer to think.

  1. Do Your Research

By following these points, and assuming your expertise, you’re likely to be called for an interview. Your resume has made it past the first round and now it’s really time to sell yourself. Researching the company, the employers, and the wider market shows initiative and will give you a strong talking point in your interview. Employers will be impressed that you took the time to properly prepare, and it will instantly be a point to build rapport from. Make sure your research is from reputable, accurate sources, and look for market competition to give context and further show initiative.

  1. Organise Logistics

Prepare the day before your interview the logistical points: organise transport and work out the directions to your interview location. How far is the nearest train station, or if driving, where will you park? How much time do you need to allow if these go wrong? It is recommended that you arrive to your interview ten to fifteen minutes before you’re due. This shows that you’re punctual, and will also give you some time to clearly think through your upcoming interview. Ensure that you’ve considered appropriate attire to wear. Work out the dress code and prepare accordingly. If in doubt, it is always safe to wear a suit, or smart attire.

 It’s important to realise that employers have different standards and requirements for each position. Granite Consulting can provide recruitment advice in the job application process, and can assist in sourcing appropriate positions.


by Alex Barrow