STEPS TO PUT YOUR HAND UP FOR THAT PLUM JOB

Make the most of your as­sets when pur­su­ing your dream ca­reer

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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.

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MAR­KET YOUR­SELF

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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.

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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

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