ideal career

funny-1836098_1920Research has found that levels of competition in the job market have dipped dramatically. This means that there are less candidates fighting for each job, and the chances of you getting hired are higher than ever.

Job seekers rejoice! Last month, for every job advertised there were just 0.38 people applying (according to data released by Adzuna). That’s a historic low, increasing a candidate’s chances of securing that dream role.

Don’t spray and pray.

As a jobseeker, it can be tempting to go for the spray and pray approach to job searching. You create a CV and a generic cover letter, then send it out to as many jobs as you can find… that’ll do! Unfortunately, this approach never gets great results – even when competition for jobs is as low as it is. Recruitment managers are still looking for the right candidates who will be a good fit for their business. Trust us, they can tell when an application has been rushed! It’s likely you won’t even get a response, and that can leave you feeling demotivated and frustrated.

Don’t just apply for any old job! Now is the time to find your ideal role.

Make the most of this slower-paced job market. Refine your search. What do you really want to be doing? Which roles will leave you feeling motivated, passionate and challenged? If you haven’t yet figured this out, don’t despair, you’re not alone! In fact, we found that 80% of candidates still haven’t found out their ideal career – read our tips on the blog here. It’s never too late to find your perfect job, and now is the best time. There’s less pressure and fewer candidates as competition if you’re considering a change. Once you’ve identified what kind of role you’re most suited to, it’s time to get your job applications perfect.

Take your time with job applications.

There may be fewer candidates competing for roles, but that doesn’t mean you’re the only one applying! There will still be competition out there to beat. But with a more relaxed pace, you can afford to put more time into your applications, read the job descriptions carefully and do your research.

What are the organisations looking for? Do they want someone who can grow within the business, or someone who can get their head down and get on with the job at hand? Tailor your application to echo their language and position yourself as a strong candidate with relevant skills, experience, and the ability (and drive) to learn new skills and succeed. Recruitment managers will be able to tell whether you really want the job, so don’t hit send on a lackluster application!

Review your digital footprint (before potential employers do).

Now is the time to review your digital footprint too. There’s no point having a fantastic CV and job application, if your online presence lets you down. Work through our checklist to ensure potential employers only see the best of you:

  • Google: Start by Googling your name. It may seem vain but you can guarantee that employers will do it. What comes up? Work through all the pages and make sure there’s nothing appearing that you would rather not be public
  • LinkedIn: Your LinkedIn page is like an interactive, online version of your CV, only with a lot more klout. Use our LinkedIn guide and work from top to bottom to make sure it’s presenting the best version of you
  • Facebook: When it comes to job seeking, remember the mantra ‘facebook is for friends’. Keep it personal, and set your privacy settings to private. Recruiting managers don’t need to know (or see) what you get up to in your free time!

It’s a candidates market, and the perfect opportunity for you to identify and secure your ideal job.

If you need any help with your career, whether that’s a change of direction, getting your application polished up, or a career crisis… get in touch!

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human-3131802_1920Earlier this month, Career Ambitions was a guest at the Cambridge Network Recruitment evening. Based in the Career Zone, we had the opportunity to talk to Cambridge’s candidates about their career motivations… and the results were clear.

80% of the people we spoke to said they had not yet found their ideal career. What’s stopping them? Most replied that they simply didn’t know how to assess whether a job would be right for them or not (or what they were looking for).

According to research by Investors In People, almost half of the UK workforce will be changing jobs in 2018. A fantastic opportunity for candidates to re-evaluate their career path, and find a role that challenges and motivates them, leaving them excited to go to work each week.

How can you identify your ideal career? 

  1. First, think about what motivates you. What makes you tick and gets you out of bed in the morning? When are you “in flow” completely absorbed in what you are doing?
    If money was no object, what would you do in life? Go back to your childhood, what were you obsessed with, fascinated by, interested in? 100% of candidates told us it is ‘very important’ to enjoy what they do for work, yet we seem to forget this when looking for work.
  1. Think about what others applaud you for too. What do your friends and family say you are good at? Ask them! What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  1. Try a good old-fashioned job list. Scribble down all the jobs you’ve worked in so far. What did you enjoy about them, and what didn’t you enjoy so much? What jobs have you always wanted to try, and why haven’t you tried them?
  1. What do you look for in a job? Think about the essential things that a job must have for you. Candidates we spoke to listed career development opportunities, a great workplace culture, and team communications as important when looking at job opportunities. What’s important to you? 

Evaluating your job motivations and interests.

What jobs would fit with the interests, passions and motivations you’ve highlighted? If you’re a very sociable person, perhaps you would be best suited to a job in events, hospitality, or one that works closely with people. If you’re more strategic, think about working with figures and planning. Or perhaps you’re more creative and need to find a role that allows you to flex that grey matter in more colourful ways? 

The secret to finding your ideal career is to forget about work-life balance. As Confucius said, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. Over the course of your lifetime, you will spend 90-100,000 hours in work. Find a job you enjoy, and don’t waste a single hour. 

If you’re still struggling to identify your ‘ideal career’, email Katherine for a chat! Using the LAB Profile technique, we can help to uncover your subconscious motivations and discover what really makes you tick – and then get you that dream job.

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