Whether you’re unhappy in your current job or you’re looking for your first taste of work, the New Year is the ideal time to kickstart your career. To help you along the way, here are three simple tips that could help you fulfill your ambitions.
- Set a goal
Your first step should be to set a clear goal in terms of your career. This will help you to focus your efforts and stay motivated in your job search. Perhaps you’ll turn your attention to getting into a specialist industry or landing a particular type of role. Knowing what you’re aiming for will enable you to be strategic in your job search.
Bear in mind that you’re not limited to becoming an employee. Another option is self-employment. For example, if you’re interested in a career in sales, it’s worth noting that the field representatives contracted through the Appco Group network operate on a self-employed basis. Whether you’d like to investigate more about being a self-employed field representative within Appco UK’s network of marketing companies or you’re interested in any other roles or industries, you can investigate your options online.
To help ensure you stick to your goal, tell others about it and start planning the practical measures you will take in order to achieve it.
- Take a fresh look at your CV
If you haven’t reviewed it for a while, the chances are your CV will need some work. Even if you’re still in the same job you had when you last updated it, you may need to make changes. For example, perhaps you’ve taken on new responsibilities or achieved specific targets within your role. Add any new skills you’ve picked up too, including additional IT or technical abilities you can now claim.
Don’t simply increase the word count though. Companies don’t want to read reams of material to try to decipher who you are and what you have to offer. Your CV must be succinct and fully relevant to the positions you apply for. This means you may need to cut or shorten certain parts of the document. Outdated or less pertinent information should be removed.
Take care to proofread your CV carefully too – and if possible get someone else to check it. Any spelling or grammar mistakes could put companies off.
- Spend time networking
Networking can prove crucial when you’re on the lookout for new career opportunities. By signing up to professional networking websites like LinkedIn, you can stand yourself in better stead for landing the roles you want. You might also benefit from going to networking events. Make sure they’re relevant to your area of interest though otherwise they could prove to be a waste of time.
Whether you’ve got your sights set on being a self-employed field sales specialist in the Appco network or you’d like to do something completely different, following this advice could help you achieve your goals.