What are the key things to consider before applying for a new job?
You need to look at the short and medium-term pros and cons of the new job (for instance, will it help your long-term career aims and give you more security and/or a better income? How financially secure is the new employer? Will a job move lose you important employment rights or privileges such as permission to work from home when you want to)?
Investigate opportunities for learning/developing new skills in your current workplace by volunteering to do particular projects, taking the initiative to talk to colleagues with those skills (ask them for a short tutorial) and exploring online training programs provided by your Training Department.
Investigate free online IT training programmes provided by Learndirect and any other local free classes [check with your local authority about adult skills training courses on offer].
It's essential - if you doubt your ability to perform well in the job, you won't be a convincing candidate. See our advice on building your confidence.
There are four vital things to remember:
- Adopt the perspective of the employer - what business benefits do they get, what problems do they solve if they have a good performer in this role? What sorts of "evidence" (eg information about your earlier successes in similar roles) prove you are capable of turning in a good performance in this role?
- Go through your career history in detail so that you can easily give examples of personal achievements relevant to the job you're applying for.
- Practice, for instance, practise answering the questions a sensible employer would ask you.
Linda Whittern is Director of Careers Partnership (UK), a careers consultancy for people at all stages of their careers. Email email@example.com for a private consultation.