This follows on from the post I did a few days ago on interview tips. I’m thinking about how mums can help young people coming out of education and looking to land their first job, but also people who have started in a job and want to get on and get promoted.
The job market seems to have moved on dramatically since I first left university. I pretty much fell into a job – there was a careers fair at tthe university in my final year and I think there were enough graduate jobs to go round so we all got one, then we worked up from there. From what I can see now our children have it so much harder, so here are some tips for them.
If you want to progress at your job or if you know that you need to boost your chances of getting that first job or promotion, then you need to start by boosting your job prospects. You need to put the work in to make yourself appear much more experienced, and you also need to try and work with the people, around you as well.
Beef up your CV
From the advice that my daughter is bringing home from her careers briefings, it’s not just about your grades any more. Yes good grades are useful, and basic grades in subjects that are relevant to your job are absolutely essential, but employers look for more than that too.
When you are starting out in employment you can’t demonstrate relevant leadership skills in a work role. But if for instance, you have been a volunteer leader with the Scouts, Guides or Cadets, then that will help to give employers a good feeling that you are leadership material.
If you are hoping to work in a technical field that will require you to pick up a lot of fiddly things and be able to do them easily, then showing skill at a musical instrument or hobby might make them feel more confident in you.
If your job requires teamwork and all people working together, then maybe success on the sports field might go down well.
Whatever outside interests you may have it’s always a good idea to keep them up even when you start work. Not only does it give you a better work liffe balace and more of a socail life, but it can also give you an edge when it comes to demonstrating your competence when a promotion is available.
When you were studying you probably worked way better and more efficiently when under pressure. If this sounds like you then there is a high chance that you will procrastinate in the workplace too.
This can affect your job performance and you may even find that it affects your career options as well. If you are constantly putting off those important emails or if you know that you are leaving some of the less important tasks until later then this could seriously be hindering your own performance and you may even find that you are just not working as well as you could be.
If you want to avoid all of this then it helps to make a list of all the things you need to do and put them in the order of importance as well. Sure, some things can be left on the back burner until later but it helps to check them off as you go through. You need to continually exceed the expections of those people that you work for so they will speak highly of you when jobs become available further up.
Make sure that you are being as efficient and productive in your current role as you can be, if you want to get noticed for more responsibility
Take a Course
You have a job, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try and take a course or even push yourself in terms of your skills.
If you can’t take time off work or take a course during office hours, then you could always study something online in your own time.
The worst-case scenario is that you won’t get the job you want at the end of yoru course, but you will still have a new skill which can go on your CV. You may even find that you are able to boost your career in the future, or even start your own business.
Try Somewhere Else
You may discover after trying your best in your current job, that the promotions just don’t come, or maybe you realise that the career you have chosen doesn’t interest you as much as you thought it would. If that is the case, there is nothing wrong with starting again.
Perhaps this time you could choose a career that has training and a designed career path as part of the package. If you are stuck for ideas then consider checking out Arch Apprentices to see if they can give you the support you need.
Have a Five year Plan
When you have a five-year plan you will soon see how easy it is for you to achieve your goals.
If you want to have a management position then try and map out a path as to how you are going to get there. It may be that you have to talk to a supervisor, take a business course or even try and take on extra jobs during the day.
Little things like this can make a huge difference to your life and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to turn everything around when you have a solid plan in place. If you feel as though you can achieve your goals sooner then don’t be afraid to have a 3-year plan or even a 4-year plan.