Finding the right career can be fraught. Young workers are tipped to have nine jobs in a lifetime and work longer as the age of retirement is raised.
Conversely, it’s becoming more common for middle-aged workers to undertake a complete career change, often leaving the industry in which they had been employed most of their adult lives.
Technology has also made hundreds of lower-paid, lower-skilled jobs redundant, while creating new roles across the nation. It’s a revolutionary landscape to find work, much less a job that is satisfying, well paid and fulfilling.
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Here are some tips that will help job seekers starting out, as well as mature-aged workers seeking a career change.
Pick an industry in which you have an interest and don’t be swayed by negative people.
Success is often about figuring out what you like and are good at and doing more of it.
It’s common for employers to advertise prospective jobs online, so use your internet search engine to access job listings online and any other websites that may prove useful in your search for work.
Writing a resume
Once you have decided on your career and found a position that you believe may be the right fit, you need to write a resume to your prospective employer.
Resumes are your best marketing tool and should be succinct and readable. This is the document that shows you have the right qualifications and appropriate experience to meet the requirement for the job and the employer’s expectations.
You can be as creative as you like, however ensure the document provides:
- contact details
- opening statement
- list of key skills, technical-software skills
- personal attributes
- career overview
- educational qualifications
- employment history
- work placements
Employers often make up their minds about a prospective employee within minutes of meeting. So it’s important to allay any nerves and feel confident about your abilities. If you’re called for interview, practice your communication, develop a compelling story about yourself and tailor it to the job.