A Better You For A Better Career

Everyone wants a better job. A better job means more money, more chance of career progression, and higher self-esteem. But, the perfect job won’t jump out of the blue and pick the candidate – the candidate has to pick the job. And, they must have the skills required to secure the position. Otherwise, someone else will step forward and gladly sign on the dotted line. So, the trick is to make sure that the skills are there and ready to use when the right role rears its head. To do that, it is important to take a look in the mirror and ask ‘what can I do better to maximise my chances of success?’ The answer is, all of the following. Good luck.

Skill Enhancement
To start with, the right candidate must have the right skills, and those skills must be sharp if they are to take advantage. Career progression centres on employee's talents, as these abilities stand out to employers in a crowd. And, there is bound to be a crowd. People will always have their opinion on how to do it, but training is usually the correct answer. Training in the form of online courses or physical sessions is the best way to learn. Not only does the trainee get a level of hands-on experience, but they are also subject to the information they need to perform better.  A few courses a month will keep anyone sharp and ready to wow in the workplace.


Efficiency
The number of people that waste their time and energy applying for jobs they will never get is incredible. Most of them know it is a waste of time, yet they do it anyway because it makes them feel productive. Efficiency isn’t about feeling productive – it’s about being productive. For a person to be productive in their job search, they need time boundaries. For instance, it’s never a good idea to spend more than one hour applying for a job. Once the target is acquired, the process should be simple and swift. A covering letter and a sharp resume is all a candidate needs, and they should be ready to go based on the job. There are better ways to spend time when hunting for a job.

Detective Skills
A job as an investigator might not be on the hit list, but it is still imperative to act like one to find the right role. The truth is that lots of jobs are already taken before they pop up on job boards. The employer just uses the board as a means to seem as if they have given everyone a fair chance. Potential employees, then, have to put themselves in the frame early on, or else the opportunity will disappear. To do that, an ability to read between the lines is essential, as well as contacts. A can do attitude with good connections will put anyone in a good position because they will get the first opportunity to impress.


List Of Contacts
Like journalists, a job seeker is nothing without a solid contact base. After all, the contacts are the ones in the loop with all the information. The candidate, on the other hand, is out of the loop and looking for a door to open. Contacts might not open the door, but they can make introductions to the people that can blow it wide open. So, now is the time to call in favours and speak to people in high places. If a candidate doesn’t have reliable contacts, they can make them by networking at events or using LinkedIn. Contacts are everywhere – it’s all about making the initial move.


Learn To Negotiate
It might sound odd that a potential employee will need to negotiate, but it isn’t strange – it’s reality. Employers don’t always want to take the risk on a person if they are unsure. The resume might sparkle, and the personality might shine through, but there is always doubt in the employer’s mind. Most people think they can’t do anything but hope, yet candidates have the ability to seize the moment. Negotiating a short-term contract is an excellent way to show the business a candidate has what they need. It is enough time to flourish in the environment while simultaneously being short enough for the employer to accept the deal. A tip - confidence is the key to getting the best jobs at the best firms.

To invest in a better career, it is important to invest in the person.  

This is a contributed post.

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