12 Job tips for March 2018

1. Do a Skills Analysis of yourself (template) – how many years experience you’ve learned from?

2. Personal SWOT analysis (template) – your Strengths/Weaknesses (areas for development)/Opportunities & Threats e.g. limited abilities or capacity like time limits can be threats; opportunities such as moving house, new people, stimulating colleagues and ideas.

3. CV writing based on the outcomes of analysis and SWOT (template)

4. Include all your experiences & skills taken from them – home, leisure, work, good & bad!

5. Do wide searches for jobs on various jobsites – enter postcode & Search All jobs at the end

6. Think outside the box – experience, career ladder, skills, abilities, interests

7. Take a risk now and then!   Probably a calculated risk, but take one all the same!

8. Try something new!  Try on a new you for a day or two. How?  See here!

9. Action plan your search – to do list every day, every week

10. Use social media to job search and get your name/CV out there!    Linked in is a profile site; Twitter is immediate and wide reaching; your Facebook page has contacts you don’t even know about – “6 links to the rest of the world” suggests we all have only 6 people in our circle to link out to the world!   You know the saying “What a small world?”  Well, it is!

11. Smile – on the phone, typing your CV, e-mailing for jobs, completing applications, interviews, rejections, efforts and research – it will not only make you feel better (if you hold a smile for 6-10 seconds!), it will change your attitude and will be favourable to people to interact with, however you engage with them!

12. Make sure you know what you get yourself into with a new job – terms & conditions include holidays due/holiday year & booking procedures, sick pay & reporting procedures, other policies and procedures affecting your role, supervision and support, notice period, entitlements (bonuses due).