The advice we give to anyone thinking of applying for a new position is to remind them that your career is long term and that you must make the right move at the right time. Applying for a new job should not be done without careful consideration. In order to perform to your highest potential you must only apply for those jobs that you know that you will be happy and successful in. So many good sales people automatically feel that they should apply for a Marketing position or for a Sales Manager’s role as their next career move. Remember just because you are a good sales person it doesn’t follow that you will make a good Product Manager or Sales Manager. Some of your current skills may be transferable however there are several extra skills that you will require in order to be successful in either of these roles.
Hint No.1 -The Role Specification
Before applying for any job ask the recruiter for a full job specification. Thoroughly read the job description and then be objective about your own skills. Ask yourself, do your skills and experience really match the requirements of the new job? Consider getting third party feedback from your line manager or perhaps your training manger about your current skills. Then assess the potential gaps in your own skill set compared to the job that you are applying for. If the gaps are reasonably trainable then this is generally acceptable by the employer. If however these gaps are due to lack of fundamental aptitude or experience then the job is probably not suitable for you.
Hint No. 2 – Your CV
Remember that your CV is the document that promotes you to potential employers. It must therefore provide the reader with everything they want to know about you and your achievements in a clear and concise manner. Potential employers don’t want to read a version of War & Peace. They want a punchy and interesting CV that satisfies their needs and says to them “I really want to know more about this person”. Below are the key things that should be in your CV.
If there are any gaps of employment in your CV put a brief explanation of why the gap is there, as most employers will want know.
Most importantly, remember to spell check your CV and to check it for poor grammar. Remember that your CV is your marketing tool and that means that it must be perfect. It can be your passport to that all important interview.
Hint No. 3 - Interview Preparation
Once you have achieved an interview what’s next? First try to network with people in the company or the department where the job is to be based. For external roles try searching the internet for the company values or for internal positions use the company intranet or the company magazine. Ask around amongst your friends to find out more background. Speak to the Human Resources Department and enquire who will be interviewing you. It’s also a good idea to find out what the current business strategy is for the company and the department.
Hint No. 4 - The Interview
Needless to say, plan your journey to the interview carefully. Be early rather than late. Being late for any appointment tends to put you in a negative light. Your dress code should be suitable for the job applied for. If you are uncertain what to wear it is generally better to wear a smart suit as you can always take a jacket or tie off if it is smart casual when you arrive.
Remember the personal interview is the most important part of any interview process. Make sure that you have done everything possible to show yourself in a good light. Don’t worry if you are asked to do psychometric assessments these assessments are carried out to support the interview process they are not generally used as stand alone recruitment tools. The interview is generally the most important in making the final decision.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU IN 2006 WITH YOUR CAREERS
Last updated on: 27/08/2010 11:40:18
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