Deciding on the Right Career for You

Finding your perfect job is no easy task. It will take a number of factors for a job to be just right for you, so getting the perfect combination is easier said than done. We have some relevant advice for anybody trying to find the ideal job for them:

  • Think about your strengths, as well as your weaknesses. Then think about how this could translate into a career for you. Ask friends and family what they think too.
  • Visit a career advisor. They will be able to give you relevant and professional advice that can be totally invaluable. This will help you to assess your options and know what kinds of careers are out there.
  • Consider what you enjoy. This is absolutely essential as you will be spending a lot of your time at work. See how your favourite things could feed into a career, for example, if you love helping people and enjoy working with children, teaching could be the ideal job.
  • Browse through prospectuses and brochures. See what people with your qualifications are doing and how your skills and experience could be put to use.

Finding the Right Agency when Job Hunting

If you are looking for a new job, probably one of your first ports of call will be a recruitment agency. Employers will often use an agency when recruiting, so this is an excellent way to gain access to many of the best positions on the market. The question is – which agency do you choose?

How do I find an agency to work with? 

The internet is an excellent resource, and you can also look for agencies local to you who have job roles nearby. You will sometimes be able to sign up online, or you may be required to email them over your CV.

Do I really need to work with an agency at all? 

It is very helpful to. Think of all the hard work an agency can do for you. Once you have signed up, you will no longer have to search for positions and apply for them individually.

Can I choose more than one agency? 

This is very much up to you. Agencies will often ask if you’ve signed up with other recruiters, and whilst you don’t have to be honest, it could be easy to slip up. It mostly depends on how seriously you are looking. If you need a new job straight away, work with as many recruiters as you have to. If you aren’t in a position to attend high volumes of interviews, maybe just work with one agency.

How do I know if an agency is right for me? 

Watch out for agencies who don’t want to meet with you in person. They tend to be less reliable when making matches between employers and candidates. If they don’t make the effort to get to know you, how can you be sure that they’re making the effort to really find out about the role they’re offering you?

Other than that, the most important advice is to find a recruitment consultant who understands you and what you are looking for. If you’re able to talk to them, be honest with them and they present you with good opportunities, keep the relationship going as it’s likely to be a beneficial one.

Getting training to return to work

With many people on the hunt for a job, training and experience is essential if you want to give yourself the edge over other candidates applying for a position.

Even if a job is advertised as no previous experience necessary, you may find that an employer will favour a candidate that has a small amount of experience over those who don’t.

If you have been out of work for a while and are looking to get back in to working then why not enrol in a training course to bring you up to scratch. If, for example, you are looking to go in to an admin role then you may want to brush up on your computer skills. There are a wide range of IT courses available to people of all abilities from basic PC skills to advance spreadsheet and formatting courses allowing you to get the most out of packages such as Microsoft Office.

 

 

Temporary jobs

With Christmas fast approaching, it won’t be long before the shops start advertising for Christmas vacancies. Many Christmas vacancies are temporary to cover the period from November through till January but there may also be the opportunity within some posts to be offered a permanent position.

Often the best way to find these jobs are to look in shop windows and even go in and enquire about any vacancies that they may have. You may even be able to complete a job application form prior to them hiring to get ahead of the rush.

Some shops are happy to take people on with little or no experience and offer on the job training to bring them up to speed, meaning that many positions are open to everyone. You may have to be prepared to work late night and weekends as this is often the busiest time in retail.

 

On the job training

Many companies offer on the job training to their employees and there are a number of ways in which this is done. Often on the job training works out more cost effective for the company than sending members of staff away n training courses.  It also allows them to teach the staff member the way they want them to complete a task not a third party’s way.

On the job training can be in formal or formal. It may just be a more experienced person sitting with someone teaching them how to use a systems or offering them training on their time management for example, or it may be a more formal internal course that is ran away from your desk by a member of the management staff. Both of these, although different, are types of on the job training. Some jobs are advertised as no experience necessary as full training given and often this includes on the job training.

Work experience

Many students have the opportunity to go on a work experience week or possibly even two weeks when at secondary school. This is usually done in year 10 and then it may be offered again if you choose to stay in education. Some college courses and uni courses also ask that you take part in a certain amount of on the job training to allow you to gain experience in the industry.

When choosing where you want to go for your work experience, think about what interests you and what you may wish to do as a career further down the line. If for example you are set on being a teacher, then why not contact a few local schools and see if they have any work experience placements that they would be willing to offer you. If you are torn between two careers then you could always ask your school if you would be able to do one week at one place and then a second week at another place.