Getting Your Ideal Job or Career!
Many people these days moan about how they are in a boring or dead end job, with no prospects and no way out. But have they really tried all the avenues to get their ideal job? Maybe surprisingly in the current climate, the poll below shows that a significant number of young people still believe they can get their ideal job. Here are a few pointers to getting that elusive 'dream job' you've always wanted!
The first thing to do when looking for your ideal job is to do some basic research. Most people decide on a job they would like to do, only to find that once they look into it, it's not exactly what they thought it was. A good idea is to contact a careers service in your local area, or through your college or university if you are currently studying. Another way to find out more information is to contact employers in the field of work you wish to become employed in, and ask what they look for in an employee. At the end of the day, they will be the ones who may be employing you at the end of the process, so better to find out what you need to do early on!
After doing your research and talking to employers, you should have a clearer idea of where you want to go, and also how to get there. Employers you contact in the early stages are best equipped to tell you what training is needed for the role, so at this stage you should be looking for the opportunities to take up the learning you will need. This may be theoretical or practical study; either way, you should do your best to cover all of the areas you need to.
As well as taking general study, it may also be advisable for some roles to obtain apprenticeships or training roles. On the job training will mean that you have money coming in while learning the skills, which is a bonus in anyone's books. It also demonstrates the skill of workload and time management, some of the different skills that are transferrable to any job.
Remember all of those companies you contacted to ask what kind of things they like to see in an employee? Well, enthusiasm for the work is definitely a plus point. But just to say it isn't enough; you need to be able to demonstrate it as well. To do this, you need to gain some kind of industry specific work experience which will reinforce how keen you are to be able to do the work.
In order to gain this experience, there are three key areas to focus on. The first is to gain a placement of some kind while you are studying. With the backing of a training course, employers are likely to be reasonably receptive to an approach of this kind. The second would be to ask for a work experience placement on your own. Many people I know have taken 2-3 weeks of leave from work to go and gain additional experience in a field of work which is of interest to them; every one of them has found this to have gone in their favour when applying for jobs in that industry. The final option, which may be slightly limited, is to volunteer in various settings. This may be more appropriate in some roles than others, but there is always a possibility that a permanent role will be made available to you as a result of some excellent work as a volunteer.
Applying for those Jobs!
Finally, once you have prepared, you can start making applications! But there are key elements of this that should be remembered as well. Firstly, do not apply for roles where you do not meet the essential criteria. It's a waste of their time as well as yours; while you were filling in that form, you could have been doing another for a job you were more likely to get. Remember to apply for roles in what you would like to do, not just any old role. Again, focussing on the roles you really want will allow you to make more of the application. And finally, update your CV with all of that experience and training, and upload it to job sites where the positions you are interested in are advertised. Remember, on sites like monster, you can set your skills levels, and the employers can then find you according to their needs. This means that while you are concentrating your efforts elsewhere, your CV is doing more of the legwork for you!
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