If you’re looking for work after career disappointment, you’re not alone. It might be that you’ve found you simply can’t get work in the area for which you’re trained or that you’ve become disillusioned with your chosen career path.
It could be something as unexpected as various online psychic readings that told you a new career was in your future. Whatever the reasons, it’s important to stay positive and remember that changing your career is possible; you just need to bear some important tips in mind.
Doing your research about your new-chosen career is vital to make sure you really understand what’s involved and what the day to day realities of this line of work will bring. Will you need to undertake new training and qualifications to get to where you want to be? Will it involve a pay cut (many career changes do) and can you manage this financially?
Volunteering is the ideal way to get real life experience in a new profession. Not only does it give you a realistic idea of what the job will be like, it looks great on your CV and may even give you an ‘in’ if a paid position comes up in the place where you’re volunteering. It will also give you something to keep you occupied and focused while you’re looking for work, as well as being a potentially rewarding experience.
Your CV needs to be up to date and relevant and ideally no more than one A4 page long. Use your covering letter to say anything important that you can’t fit on your CV. Remember that employers can sometimes be looking through hundreds of CVs a week so it’s important to make yours stand out. Don’t be afraid to emphasise your strong points and make sure you back up your points with specific examples.
4. The interview
Prepare for interviews fully by planning out how to get there and doing a dummy run beforehand if you can. Allow yourself plenty of time. One of the most important things to remember is to research your potential employer well. Wearing a great outfit and looking the part isn’t enough to secure you a job. While first impressions are important, you need to make sure you are mentally equipped as well. Think about the types of questions you are likely to be asked and practise your responses. Plan some questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview as this will show your enthusiasm.
5. Dealing with rejection
If you don’t get the job, don’t be disheartened. Ask for constructive feedback so that you can use it to move on and be better than ever at the next interview. It’s important to think of every interview you take as a learning experience which will help you move closer to finding your ideal job - good luck!