Don’t wait until the New Year to apply for your perfect job. If you are feeling restless and want to change direction, why not keep an eye out in the ‘appointments’ sections of the media now?
And, when you see something that catches your eye, whether it is the job title, industry sector or company, ask for a full job description to see if it is a role that not meets your expectations but also has room for development. A sound job description is essential if you are to be successful in your new role – [and this can apply if you are being offered promotion too]. The job description will set out the role’s expectations and enable you to work to agreed targets and objectives. That means when it’s time for your review or appraisal, there is something concrete for you [and your boss] to look at and measure up against.
The job description should be confirmed with your offer letter.
5 key things you need to know when you are applying for a new role.
1. Know your title
Make sure the job title reflects the level and value of work you will do. It’s what you do that matters, and having an impressive title can be a distraction.
2. Know the job summary
Understand exactly what the role involves, don’t get to interview – let alone be offered the job – without knowing exactly what you will be doing, with whom, how, where and why. It’s surprising how many people go to interviews without having researched the role.
3. Know the essential functions
There should be around 6 or 7 key roles and responsibilities on a good job description. These should be names the ‘core responsibilities’. These bullet points will then be followed by some detailed statements giving some specific examples of what the post holders does, with whom, how, where and why.
4. Know key working relationships
It’s all well and good understanding what you will do as post holder, but how it fits into the department and team is also very important. Some advance research about the people you will be working with and/or an organisational chart can be useful in preparing for the role.
5. Know the minimum requirements for the job
You need to know what the minimum requirements of the job are so that you can position yourself as the applicant that brings added value. Only when an offer is extended do you have a chance to negotiate your role what it looks like and even increase your pay.
For more help on job search strategies, contact Lynn.
Career Management Consultant
M. 07801 689801