As the financial year begins, so does an influx of job listings just waiting for people to snap up. However, with the price of living increasing and recession looming, job security feels more important than ever, hindering many candidates from stepping out of their comfort zones. On the other side of the coin, we are still currently in a candidate short market meaning there are more jobs available than candidates, creating job career development more obtainable. So, while the job market is proving uncertain at present, don’t let it get in the way of your aspirations to take a new path in your career.
Prior to strategizing how you are going to make the change, you first need to identify the career that is right for you. A coach or professional mentor could be advantageous during this time to discuss the next steps you should be taking to move forward in your career. Kinetic Recruitment has a Careers and Development Coach who can offer an external voice and advice throughout this process. From careers profiling questionnaires, CV reviews, interview coaching, insights into the market, or one-on-one coaching, we have the tools to help you overcome anxieties and stress during this process. If you cannot access this service, close friends and family can be valuable support and will offer you varied perspectives that you can take on board.
Take the time to then evaluate your current job satisfaction. Which aspects of your current job do you like and dislike? Are your dissatisfactions related to the content of your work, your company culture, or the people you work with? It is also important to assess your interests, values, and skills. Review past successful roles, projects, and jobs to identify preferred skills and tasks. Conclude whether your skills and core values are addressed in your current role and make a list of things you would look to obtain in your next role. Evaluating what your non-negotiables can be a vital step of understanding what you want in your next role and can be discussed with your recruiter or interviewer.
You’ve identified the career that’s right for you, spoken to the right people, and evaluated your aspirations for your next role. Now you’re ready to take the next step; applying for roles. Think about how you can showcase your professional experiences, skills, and personality in a way that will assure hirings managers you are ready for a fresh start. Over the years of your job experience, you will have acquired plenty of transferable skills, so ensure this is evident in your CV and throughout your interviews. Changing jobs can be a daunting decision, but equally rewarding. Good luck on your journey and reach out to us at Kinetic if you need any support.