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Published: 03/12/2017 - Filed under: Home » News »

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Whether you’re a couple of years out of university or you’ve got a decade of experience, building a sustainable and successful career in business takes a lot of commitment from both you, and your employers. It’s not good enough these days to stand still with your skills, you need to be constantly developing, adapting to the changing markets, and the rapid evolutions in technology. If you hope to grow and grow, and reach the higher levels of management, you need to think of a development plan – set yourself some tough goals and follow them through. Here are areas you need to be thinking about.

Make yourself employable

Hunting down your first job after studies, or securing that next move in your career, can be a daunting process. Where do I look for a job? What do I really want to do next? Where do I want to be based? How much development do I need? How will this move help me along my long-term career path? These are bound to be just some of the questions running through your mind.

Don’t panic! If you’re confused about what to do next, then take some professional careers advice. If you want to develop further in your existing company or organization, then speak to colleagues around you. Let your managers know that you’re eager to develop, to rise up through the ranks, and to take on new opportunities and responsibilities.  

Build up a profile

You need to be hungry to build up a skills base that makes you an attractive proposition for any new job opportunities that might arise – either within your existing employment or elsewhere.

Think about stretching your wings outside your standard job role. Could you expand your skills into new areas? Could you become a lead in your company on a certain issue? For example, you could be the go-to person for health and safety. Look out for training opportunities, such as a safety training seminar to help build your profile.

How do I get in front of new employers?

Whether you’re applying for your next move within your existing organization, or a fresh role elsewhere, then you need to really sell yourself to stand out in the application process. You will not be alone in bidding for the role, and you really need to communicate why you’re the best person – why you should be the one.

There are plenty of opportunities to highlight your skills, both during the application process and at the interview stage.

It goes without saying that you should have a great-looking resume, which is up-to-date and really brings out your education, training, skills and qualities. But, you should also have a strong online profile – for example, on LinkedIn. Potential employers tend to trawl the internet these days, as they do their research about job candidates.

If you get an interview, then you need to do as much homework as possible. Know as much as you can about the company or organization, find out how well it’s performing in the market, its clients and its growth plans. Also develop some ideas to take with you, examples of how you could add to the business, how you could help grow income or make operations more efficient. Present yourself in a confident manner, ask questions – and, fingers crossed, you will secure your next career move!

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