Seven Ways To Turn The 9 to 5 Slog Into Your Dream Job!
Whether you are looking for a promotion or moving jobs completely there are a number of different ways that can help you to kick-start that dream new career.
From updating your CV to networking, here are our top tips to help you bag that dream job this year.
Find your path
It might sound pretty basic, but while a lot of us leave school and college not entirely sure what we’re going to do with the rest of our lives, many of us spend ten years in a job feeling the exact same way.
Find out what matters to you – is it being creative? Being organized? Working with people or maybe working with animals?
Once you have that sussed out take into account money, location and working hours and then you have your starting point.
Got what it takes?
Maybe you’ve already figured out what you want, but just don’t have the tools to get there. Research the job that you are aiming for – do you need to upskill? Perhaps you need to go back to college or gain more experience?
Maybe you’d like to run your own company and create your dream job. Do some market research, consult educational institutions or the enterprise board and start equipping yourself with what you need to succeed.
Sharing is caring
Seeking advice from someone who has gone down a similar path or is already in a role similar to the one you are aiming for is really important. Not only will you get some great tips on what to do and what not to do, but their helping hand and their contacts may be just the thing you need to get that dream break.
Time to shine!
Now it’s over to you. Get your CV in impeccable order, ensure you have an engaging cover letter that will grab the attention of any prospective employer and make sure you are interview ready.
It might sound ridiculous, but practising interviews with friends and family will actually help to put you at ease when the real thing comes around.
Mammies in particular are great at asking you random questions that you would have never thought of and this will help you to get better at answering on the spot!
Meet and greet
Often the best way to get out there and find out what you want is by networking. Meeting people who are in the field that you wish to be in is vital. Get some knowledge about the industry and talk to them for help and advice.
Similarly, if you are looking for a promotion in your workplace, getting out there and showing that you are willing to learn is really important.
Whether you’re going for a promotion or moving jobs altogether, it is vital that you market yourself properly. Your CV gives prospective employers their first impression of you, so make sure it's a good one!
If you get called to interview, dress smartly and present yourself well. Show them exactly what you are capable of and don’t be afraid to show off your skill set.
Still confused? Do a quick search on ‘personal branding’ online and take on board the handy hints on offer there.
Keep your head up
Everyone takes a knock back on the road to success but regardless of how many times you may get put back or your CV remains unanswered, keep the faith.
Remember, good things come to those who wait!