In this video Moir Group’s permanent recruitment manager, Newton Soares shares his tips on how you can identify and win the right role for you. This may be within your current organisation or considering a whole new career path. A career plan is a key factor and should reflect you and your personal preference.
Things to consider as part of your career plan would be:
- What parts of my current role or organisation do I like?
- What parts don’t I like?
- What is important to me?
- In what cultures do I fit best?
Identify what roles and organisations you are most interested in. Reflect upon previous jobs where you have felt most comfortable. Which boss brought the best out in you and why? Many people find they are most comfortable in a job where there is a balance between challenge and feeling on top of their role.
So what I’m going to discuss today is how to identify and win the right role. The first thing you need to consider is having a clear career path. This means understanding what you want to be doing right now and more importantly, where this is going to take you in two to three years. This in itself will give you your five year plan. Once you’ve established this, the next thing you need to decide is what type of company you want to work for. The two key things here to consider, first of all is the company values. Do they align with your own values? It’s the first thing you need to look at. Secondly, understanding the company culture. Is that the type of organisation you feel like you want to work for? So what we need to consider next are what are your unique selling points. It’s a competitive marketplace. You need to make sure that you stand out. I always encourage everyone to have at least three key strengths you can discuss with a client that’s going to set you apart from the pack. Most applicants applying for an opportunity can perform that role from a technical perspective. So I encourage you, when considering your strengths, to align them with your soft skills and people skills. Once you’ve identified your key strengths, it’s also important to be aware of where your gaps lie as well. The next thing we need to consider is your network. We all know that over 70% of roles aren’t advertised. So it’s important for you to be able to build your own community, seeking out like-minded individuals, and people that do share similar values to yourself. So that way if you do hear about an opportunity through your network, there’s a very good chance it’s going to be aligning with what you’re looking for. The next thing we consider is your resume. The first rule is, make sure it doesn’t read like a job spec. You want your resume to be telling your story. A little bit about your personality and again, it should be very clear as to what your offering is. And the final tip is, is to be enthusiastic and show some energy as well. Clients will hire based on cultural fit. For cultural fit, what does that mean to me? They’re hiring the person they like the most. So it’s important when you meet someone for the first time, is that you show passion for what you do, passion for their organisation, and hopefully be able to build a good level of rapport, and that’ll put you in the best position to get that offer.