STEPS TO PUT YOUR HAND UP FOR THAT PLUM JOB
Make the most of your assets when pursuing your dream career
1 CLARIFY YOUR CAREER DIRECTION
LEADERS Institute of SA’s Niki Vincent and Kathy Binks from Uniting Communities share their combined wisdom on making the most of an interview.
WHATdo you need to get there? If you need more professional development or training, start investing in suitable programs now to upskill. And don’t forget to mention any study you are doing in your next interview.
DON’T be afraid to talk about your achievements and previous experience to other people, as it might help you stand out from the crowd. Put yourself forward for challenging new projects in your current role. If you have something to contribute in meetings, speak up.
WRITE a list of what you do really well and your efforts and achievements in your career. Being able to quickly articulate these will help you market yourself in an interview environment. Where possible, talk to a trusted colleague about your skills and listen to what they say rather than dismissing the positives as exaggerations of the truth.
4 WATCHYOURSELF TALK
DON’T talk yourself out of applying for that dream job. Pay attention to the kinds of thoughts that make you feel anxious and try to rationalise with your negative thinking. Realise you don’t need to tick every box and be prepared to stretch to accommodate the next career move. Analyse the job description and under each requirement jot notes on similar experiences or key strengths relating to the role.
FIND A MENTOR
FIND a good mentor who will back you, put you in contact with relevant networks and help put other steps in place to achieve your career goals. This should be someone with experience you trust to give honest feedback.
RECOGNISE YOUR STRENGTHS