8 SIGNS YOU NEED A CAREER CHANGE

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We all have our ups and downs – even those in dream jobs have off-days. So how can we tell the difference between a ‘bad patch’ and the need for change?

Well, we’ve compiled a nice little list to help you work this out… so if any of these sound familiar  maybe your job isn’t such a good fit for you any more.

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 1. Are you bored with your job?

Doing the same thing at work day in, day out, can effectively kill your passion. There’s nothing wrong with doing a job you’re good at, but if there comes a point where you have to ask a little more of yourself, it’s time to move up the ladder before you burn out.

Burnout affects your mental and physical wellbeing and is a clear indicator that something has got to change!

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2. Have you stopped learning? 

If you can see no opportunities for further growth and development – you possibly need a change. No longer gaining new skills and experience in the workplace, in addition to affecting your own wellbeing and integrity, will leave a hole in your CV!

It could be high time to find a change that challenges you and increases your knowledge base.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 02.03.46 3. Have your earnings flatlined?

Do you feel underpaid for the role you’re in? If you’re giving your all to your employer but receive little in return, maybe you have been in the same job too long?! Don’t settle, don’t under-sell yourself!

The longer you go without a decent pay rise, the greater the likelihood that you’re being underpaid.

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4. Do you feel underrated?

Do you feel your work is thankless and that you’re unappreciated? Do you find it difficult to see eye-to-eye with your boss?

If you’re getting frustrated at work and feel that you need a change, tensions can arise which then impact on your job satisfaction and performance.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 02.06.06 5. Are you overworked?

A highly competent, more than capable, employee who always delivers results is always going to be in danger of being taken advantage of.

Alternatively, there’s also the possibility of being taken for granted… which can have a huge impact on your self-esteem and thereafter the quality of your work.

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x6. Are your skills being used, exploited and extended? 

If you’ve got skills you’re not using in your current job, it’s a waste. Sometimes we find ourselves falling into a job that is there when we need it, but doesn’t utilise our strengths.

If you have niche skills – those which few other people possess – there may be an organisation out there that is willing to pay handsomely for your services.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 02.07.15 7. Are you fulfilled every day, any day?

‘Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life’ – a popular phrase nowadays and one that rings true.

Having a strong sense of purpose is what drives passion in the workplace, and if you can’t stoke the fire, you’ll burn out!

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 8. Do you shout it from the rooftops? 

Do you talk about your job with enthusiasm, with pride?

If you lack confidence your work, or feel embarrassed or disinterested – the time may well be upon you to seek change!

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Do any of these signs sound familiar?

If so, it might be time to make that change… 

 

You only get one professional life, so it’s up to you to make the most of it!

Top Tips for Job Interview Success – PART 2

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4. Be positive

Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they’ll want to hear is you talking about your boss or current colleagues behind their back. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.

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5. Develop rapport

Show energy, a sense of humour and smile. Jean Smith, a social anthropologist says: “It’s infectious, being positive and enthusiastic.” Ask your interviewer questions about themselves and any issues the business is facing.

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6. Speak clearly and concisely
…there’s nothing worse than waffling on.

Answer questions properly – even if you need a few moments’ silence to collect your thoughts. Anderson advises, “It’s better to say you need a minute to think about your answer rather than speak instantly and regret it afterwards.”

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7. Why should they hire you?
Most job adverts will list qualities they’re looking for – a team worker, a good communicator – so it’s up to you to think of examples of how you can demonstrate these skills. Be ready to talk about your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills. Have at least three strong points about yourself that you can relate to the company and job on offer.

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Top Tips for Job Interview Success.

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So you’ve done it: you’ve secured the interview!

You spent hours labouring over your application, CV and covering letter. You kept everything crossed they’ll like you enough to want to know more. And now, here’s your chance.

Too many people fail to see the opportunity in a job interview; instead they see the test.

This is the big one – your Warhol-style 5 minutes of fame.

Make the right impression, demonstrate with flair and this one could be the game-changer!

To get ahead of the game and win the ultimate prize you need to be seriously on the ball… so here’s the first 3 of 10 top tips, to help you ensure you are in the best possible shape for that interview:

1. Preparation is the key

…to your success on the day.

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  • Checkout the company website – and any social media channels. You may have the opportunity to refer to this on the day, so take note.
  • Have a clear idea of the salary you are expecting – especially if it isn’t advertised. Prepare to justify this with specific reasons if necessary.
  • Discover if there are any local (or national if appropriate) competitors you may need to be aware of. if so ensure you are acquainted with their work/details/website. This often comes in useful when asked what you can bring to the role.
  • Ensure you have read your CV throughly – contradictions in interview do not make a good impression!
  • Also, re-read the job advert / job description just before the interview; be clear about the role you are applying for!

2. You will be judged

…from the very first moment.

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Enter the building smiling, speak confidently and politely to any reception or support staff.

  • Handshakes should be firm and accompanied by a genuine smile – with good eye contact.
  • If you walk with your interviewer to the room, make engaging small talk: don’t moan about weather, traffic, parking etc. instead speak confidently and positively e.g. about the building, the ethos or the company website.

Remember that you need to sell yourself – and experts say that it takes a mere 30seconds for another person to decide whether or not they like you and if you will be a good fit with them or their team.

Use every one of those 30 seconds wisely!

3. Think about your body language

…it’s saying all sorts about you even when you’re not speaking.

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There’s lots of info on the internet about good body language – assertive versus aggressive etc.

If you don’t know much about this it’s definitely worth doing your research.

Body language is highly powerful and can put off or attract potential employers without you even realising what you’re doing.

Top Tips:

  • maintain good eye contact throughout – do not look at the floor!
  • do not fold your arms across your chest – instead lay them in your lap calmly.
  • don’t lean back in your chair, sit upright and to the floor! Sit upright and remain an active participant at all times.
  • when emphasising or illustrating a point, don’t be afraid to use gesture and expression.
  • use your hands, lean forwards when you talk – and engage your interviewers.
  • don’t hang back when walking with anyone else, maintain a pace with them and show them your are equal to it.
  • relax your shoulders but keep you chin up – literally!

You need to prepare and practice your body language – when panic, or nerves, kick in you wont be able to think about it. So practise, practise, practise until it’s perfect!

More tips to follow – check back soon and find out more useful info on preparing for your job interview………

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