Waiting for the right time to start your new career? Don’t put it off any longer. Following your passion will lead to deeper job satisfaction and a happier you.
If you’re looking to forge a new career, now is the time to act. Like any other big goal, making sure this one doesn’t fall by the wayside takes dedication, time and energy.
To make your goal more achievable, break it down into small steps. Dr Alan Montague, Program Manager, Master of Human Resource Management, says the first port of call is the RMIT careers website where students can find valuable advice on developing careers, finding a job and preparing for interviews. The site also includes information about career seminars and mentoring programs.
Research is the next step and this should cover the industry you’re aiming for, the organisation you want to work for and the specific position you want to take on. This will help you define the skills required for the job while ensuring it’s the right one for you.
“You need to study the organisation you’re applying with, look at the make-up of the board and who the leaders are and any other information you can get about the company,” Dr Montague said.
“You need to research the industry sector you’re working in and look closely at what skills they’re looking for.”
Thorough research also arms jobseekers at the interview stage. Dr Montague explains that having a smart, insightful question up your sleeve differentiates you from others and may be the clincher to getting the job.
“I remember someone going for a HR manager’s job with a major transport company who did a lot of research before the interview. She found they had an aging workforce so when they invited questions she asked what strategies the company had in place for succession planning in their trade areas and for their truck drivers,” he said.
“They commended her on the question and asked her what she would do about it and she had an answer all ready to go. They told her afterwards that she got the job for that very good question and for all her research.”
Review your social media platforms because you can be sure potential employers will be doing the same thing. Even though they may be used for personal rather than professional means, they still provide an understanding of you as a person.
“Smart recruiters look at every social network site to make sure they’re hiring the right person, not someone who is posting silly photographs or ridiculous information about themselves, but people who have been observing protocol in all areas of their lives,” Dr Montague said.
Polishing up your resume is essential. Edit for spelling, grammar and syntax, but most importantly for relevance. Trim back on wordiness without losing crucial detail addressing the job requirements.
“What’s absolutely essential is to have your marketing document - this is your CV, your résumé - completely optimal with no mistakes,” Dr Montague said.
“Make sure it’s absolutely pristine and well formulated so people that are assessing will let you go to the next stage.”
Story: Kate Jones