Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Should I stay or should I go? Should I leave my job to advance my career?

Have you been in your job for a few years now and wonder whether you should seek a job in another organisation to help advance your career?  Perhaps career development opportunities appear limited with your employer or you lack motivation in your current role and feel that leaving is the only way to progress your career.

If you are feeling this way, use the following steps to help you decide whether leaving your job will help advance your career or whether there is an alternative solution.

1.     Identify the real reason for wanting to leave your job

What do you like and dislike about your current job?  Make a list, focusing on your true reasons for wanting to leave. You may feel you are no longer learning or that your job has become repetitive.  You may be finding that the work environment is not suiting you. 

2.     Talk to your line manager

Can the issues you identified in step one be resolved or changed?  Have you talked to your line manager about your thoughts?  It may be a good idea to ask for an informal performance review to discuss development opportunities.

3.     Keep up to date with the job market

Always keep an eye on the job market to ensure you keep up to date with movements within your chosen field.  If you are thinking of accepting a job with an alternative employer, do your homework first.  Talk to people who work for this employer.  What do they like and dislike about their job? 

Sometimes leaving your job can be the easy answer to resolve job dissatisfaction but remember that moving organisations always carries with it a degree of uncertainty and you don’t necessarily have to change jobs to advance your career.  Always make the most of your current job before seeking alternative employment.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Why didn’t I get the job?

Have you recently applied for a job and been unsuccessful?  Perhaps your application wasn’t shortlisted or you made it to interview stage but then someone else was given the job. If this has happened to you, I know it can be extremely frustrating and really knock your confidence.  You thought your CV was good, your interview went really well and yet for some reason you didn’t quite make it. 
One way to ease this frustration is to identify the reason why you didn’t get the job and the best way to do this is to ask for feedback.  Feedback will help you to gain further insight into your application as well as enable you to start regaining your confidence.  Once you have received your feedback, the next step is to use it to help you move forward and ensure your next job application is even better

Here are some tips to help you overcome some of the possible reasons for not getting a job:

1.     How closely does your CV match the job specification?  It is important to tailor your CV and job application to the requirements of the job.  Demonstrate to your potential employer that you can do the job.

2.     Do you really want the job?  If you feel uncertain about wanting the job, this may come across during the interview so think about how you present yourself and deliver your answers.

3.     Do you believe in yourself?  Applying for jobs can be extremely nerve-wracking.  If you feel nerves do get the better of you, think of ways to give your confidence a boost.  Perhaps ask someone you trust to read through your application or to help you with interview practise.

4.     There may have been someone else who had more experience/qualifications or was a slightly better fit with the organisation.  Is there anything you can do to make your application even better?

5.     How much do you know about your interviewers and potential employer?  Ensure you have researched the organisation and know who is interviewing you.  This will help you build rapport and demonstrate commitment.

6.     How much time do you spend adapting your CV and preparing for each interview?  Job applications can be time consuming so ensure you leave yourself enough time to do it justice.

It can be really difficult moving on having received a job rejection. This is when feedback can really help you to put your mind at rest and enable you to focus on the future again rather than on past experience.  Keep an open mind and use your feedback to give yourself an even better career.