Cameo's 5 Steps Towards a New Career
“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”
Once you have decided it's time to change jobs, whether you have started to apply for new jobs, handed in your notice or been made redundant, it's important to take a few days to just rest and digest your decision. It takes a lot of energy, bravery and discussion to accept that change is going to happen - don't underestimate the impact of this. Change isn't easy for everyone. The comfort blanket of what you have known will be gone and you will be the newbie again. Don't let this worry you, remember this is not forever - as the saying goes, "If nothing changes, nothing changes."
Now is the time to think about what you WANT to do, not just what you CAN do. Now is the time to indulge in your dreams and think about your career direction. Why can't you dance with the possiblities of "What if?" - if you don't try, you don't know, right? What do you enjoy? Which parts of your current role would you be happy to leave behind? Do you want your career to head in a new direction? What is important to you in an employer? Where is the ideal location? This stage is all about you - what do you want to do?
Now you know what you want to do, it's time to find it! Research is so important. We're lucky enough to have instant access to the internet, so an online route is an immediate solution. Look at social media platforms, which companies or brands are catching your eye? Sign up to/use LinkedIn and connect with people you know, see where they work, visit their career pages. Keep "peeling the onion" layer by layer, with more research until you funnell it down to a choice of companies/industries you are interested in and inspired by. Visit job boards and see the types of role on offer at the moment, look on recruitment agency websites to see their vacancies. Visit Glassdoor and read the reviews on companies by their current and former employees. Research, research, research, and use your research to create a new CV highlighting your relevant experience.
Connecting the dots. So, by now you will have reflected on your job ideals, researched the areas/industries you're interested in, and now will need to begin your search and applying for roles - start communication flowing! Use your contacts as a starting point, talk to people, find out who knows whom and if they're recruiting. Some companies may be thinking about recruiting but they may not have made the role live as yet. Get in there first! Recommendation is the strongest form of referral. Register with a recruitment agency - your career is our job! Let us put feelers out there for you too. With you searching the market and us speaking with our contacts, this should cover a lot of new ground and cast the net far and wide. Connection, communication and consideration are vital to a job search. Choose an agency you feel a link/affiliation with, an agency whose style is aligned with you and your values, as they will be representing you!
Now, with the thought, time and effort you've invested in your new career journey, you'll soon be ready to start preparing for interviews. Once applications are underway, turn your attention to being interview ready. Check out our New article: Research is Key for top interview tips.
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