Research suggests that unlike older generations where you were trained in a profession, got a job and stayed in that job until retirement, generations working today will have on average 5 to 7 career changes and around 29 job changes. Considering that many people are changing jobs at least every three years, sometimes those changes are enforced and sometimes it’s a choice, it’s time to treat your career with the respect and dedication it deserves. It’s time to treat your career as a career in its self.
At the very least you should be seeking career advice every 1 to 2 years, updating your résumé and making it relevant to different positions, careers and industries. You should be investing in your future by undertaking professional development on an annual basis – you cannot expect a degree qualification gained 5 to 10 years ago to still be considered relevant without updating and being kept current. Networking and maintaining contacts is another way to remain on top of trends in the job market and you can easily do this by joining industry bodies and associations. Overall you must realise that knowledge is power and so it’s an excellent idea to seek professional guidance for your career.
How to approach job hunting and your career overall:
1. Don’t just look at job vacancies. 70% of positions are never advertised in a traditional sense. They are filled by word of mouth and network contacts. Use your networks and those of in the recruitment industry to seek out all available options.
2. Don’t rely on just online job websites such as seek.com – more and more recruiters and employers are using social media to fill positions. Just remember that if you use this medium your online profile needs to be professional and appropriate.
3. Target only those organisations that would want the skills set that you have to offer. There is no point spending time focusing on organisations for which you don’t have the right skills or qualifications.
4. Seek professional help in your job hunting and career management. Benefit from the experience and knowledge of professional for creation of your resume, cover letter and practice job interviews.
5. Be organised and plan your job hunting. Treat job hunting as a job. Dedicate ample time to the process.
6. Be in control. While family and friends may mean well they don’t necessarily know what job or career is best for you or how to go about getting that job.
7. Prepare for a job interview. Practice possible questions and answers beforehand so you can better handle the real thing.
8. Know your value. This is where a professional can really help you. Many job interviews contain at least one question regarding expected salary. And many interviewees stumble at this question. A professional will be able to offer advice prior to an interview on what the salary expectations on both sides are likely to be.
9. Be specific. Don’t just apply for jobs for the sake of it. Focus on the types of jobs you really want to do and put your energy and time into presenting the best you possibly can for them.
10. Network effectively. Use contacts and memberships wisely to network for those positions that are best suited to you and your career aspirations.
The above points are particularly important for graduates with DEEWR research showing that some graduates take up to 5 years to find a career position and 30% never actually achieving their career goals. A way to avoid ending up like this is to employ a professional working for you, with you and empowering you with the tools to get your career on track and getting that job.
The difference between someone that will sell you a “guaranteed” job and a professional career advisor like GradSolutions is like while others sell you a fish to feed you for a day, GradSolutions teach you to fish so you can eat for a lifetime.
Many people have learned the hard way and wasted their money for a “guaranteed” job and “promises” without reading the fine prints carefully. You should always clarify what “guarantee” means and make sure the job on offer is inline with your career goals. The road to career success requires patience, hard work and perseverance.