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Time for a Career Change? 12 Tips to Finding a Job You Love

September 7, 2015
A new job

A new jobAre you happy in your job or career?  There was a time when we stayed in the one job for our working life.  However, times have changed and some have several career changes.

Just because you have turned 50 doesn’t mean you can’t make a fresh start. You may also have found yourself in the situation where you need to find employment.  Whether this is because of redundancy, divorce, widowhood, re-entering the workforce after raising a family or just needing a change.

Indeed, in today’s society where we are living longer and in better health, we may take the decision to work longer and even change career paths several times.

Finding a job can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you have not worked for some time.  Here are 12 tips to finding a job you love.

 

Here are 12 tips to help you guide you through the process.

 

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1. Reality Check

Look at your current situation including your finances and determine why you need to work.  Is it because you want to or is it because you have to?  Do you need part-time or full time work?

2. Skill Set

What is your skill set and experience?  Think about previous jobs and the type of work you did and make a list of all the skills you have.  These should also include life skills as well as technical skills.  Discuss with your friends as sometimes they see things about us that we don’t recognize ourselves.

3. Resume/C.V.

Do you have a resume?  If you haven’t worked for a while or have been in the same job for a while, your C.V. will definitely require updating and reformatting to the current acceptable styles.  If you aren’t sure of where to start there are templates that you can download from the internet or if you don’t feel confident there are companies that provide this service.

4. Talk to a Professional

Not sure what you want to do? If you want to change careers, or you haven’t been in he workforce for some time the process can be quite daunting. There are organisations that can assist you in making a start to find employment.  Some are free and have volunteers from business backgrounds that can assist you with all areas such as writing your C.V., interview techniques and how to dress for an interview etc.  One such organization is Dressed For Success.  This is a worldwide organization helping women thrive in work and life.

5. Presentation

If you have an interview with an employment agency or have been fortunate enough to receive a job interview you need to take personal grooming and presentation into account.  It is a fact of life that people can make a decision about someone within the first minute of meeting them.

Taking the trouble to present yourself in a professional manner means that you are serious about gaining employment. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on clothes however you do need to dress appropriately and professionally.

6.  Be prepared to take a step back

If you want a change of career or you are returning to work after a long period of time, you will need to be prepared to take a step back if necessary.  You may have been a manager in the past, however if you aren’t up to date with the skill set required then you might need to start on a lower rung of the ladder and work progressively forward from there.

7.  Retrain to update your skills

Again, if you want a career change or have not worked for some time, your skills will probably not be up to par.  There are many options for you to update your skills, for example the local college, online or even enrolling in a longer term course in a different field  if you are looking for a career change.  The amount of time you devote to retraining and updating your skills will certainly improve your employment opportunities.

8.  Don’t panic

If you have sent off many applications, don’t expect replies from everyone.  It can be discouraging to apply for advertised positions and not even receive a ‘no thank you’.  Don’t take this personally, in this employment market there are usually hundreds of would be applicants and the company does not have the resources to reply to each and every one.

The important thing is not to PANIC!  Keep working towards your goal and don’t forget to look after your health.  Keep exercising and eat a balanced diet to ensure that your health and well being doesn’t suffer.

9.  Volunteer

If there is no rush to find work and you don’t know what you really want to do, why not volunteer your time.  You never know what it might lead to and you are helping others at the same time as feeling productive.

10. Feedback

Wow you got an interview!!! If you have attended an interview and have been unsuccessful, don’t be afraid to contact the company and ask for feedback.  Feedback is important as it can provide you with ways to improve for the next interview.

11. Approach a Recruitment Agency

If you have tried to find work and not been successful, approach a recruitment agency.  Don’t wait for them to call you in.  Call them and arrange an appointment to discuss your options.  They will usually ask you to do a test so they can assess your skill level and talk to you about what you are looking for.  Make sure you take a copy of your C.V. and references and again present yourself in a professional manner and dress style.

12. Temporary work

If you are having trouble achieving a permanent position, why not try temporary or contract roles.  These can sometimes lead to a permanent position especially if you have proven to be reliable and efficient.

Finding employment is not easy, however following these tips may assist you in taking the step in the next chapter of your life.

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill September 7, 2015 at 11:16

    Hi Sue – as you know, I changed jobs this year and your number #1 was so important to my decision making process. We get caught up in the idea that we need to have a certain level of income – as we get older and our kids move on, we can live comfortably on a lot less and that means we can give ourselves a break from the daily grind and work less or earn less and still have a great quality of life. ~ Leanne

    • Reply sue September 7, 2015 at 13:35

      Exactly Leanne! We don’t need the extra stress and if we can take a step back and work part time we can have the best of both worlds. Glad the job is going well – enjoy!

  • Reply Agatha September 7, 2015 at 13:58

    I’ve never tried a recruitment agency and wonder how effective they are at helping you get a job. Anyhow, I’ve changed jobs too – focusing more on design, and yes, I’m upgrading my skills as well. Upgrading is very important.

    • Reply sue September 7, 2015 at 16:55

      Hi Agatha I used to be a recruiter and like everything there are good and bad. I always tried to build a rapport with my clients who were looking for work and those who were looking for employees. Good luck with your new job.

  • Reply Debbie September 9, 2015 at 00:48

    Lovely post, Sue.
    It’s never too late to become better versions of ourselves.

    • Reply sue September 9, 2015 at 09:14

      I know Debbie I started as a ballet teacher, then moved to accounting and now blogging! I am always looking to improve myself. Have a great day and thanks for the comment.

  • Reply Wendy September 9, 2015 at 12:14

    Hiring a professional to write your resume can be very expensive, but it can also be a good investment. After 30+ years in the military and military-type work, my husband’s resume only made sense to people who had worked in very similar career fields. Combine that with the fact that it was still formatted the way I did it for him 20 years ago and, well, let’s just say it needed an overhaul! 🙂 We took the plunge and shelled out the big bucks, but now he has an awesome resume — and a few appointments on the calendar! Very timely article, Sue!

    • Reply sue September 9, 2015 at 12:45

      Yes I actually used to work in recruitment but I’m sure resume layout and presentation has changed since then. You sometimes only have that as the first point of contact and if it isn’t up to par then you may not even have it read. Good luck to your husband it will certainly be a change!

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