Career planning

What are you looking for in your next job?

This is a big question for anyone.

Also, there is no such thing as 'just a job' as the work we do is important to our quality of life, how we feel about ourselves, our health and happiness - and of course earning a living and supporting ourselves and family. 

  • career planning guide [PDF]  - takes you through some key steps to think about yourself and what you want from a job. It also gives information about where to find more yourself – recommended internet sites and useful books
  • career planning questions [PDF] - a quick prompt guide set of questions to think about when looking at job opportunities – is it really right for you?
  • personal values and wants [Excel] - comprehensive spreadsheet tool asks you to rate how important different aspects of work are to you – it will then sort in priority order your 'must haves' and 'don't wants'. Use the results to think about both your: 
    • general career direction
    • specific job opportunities.

How to improve you chances in the job market

You want a job, you have the skills and experience to do a job and an up-to-date CV, but you have to find a job.

If you have not done this for a long time the world of recruitment has changed a lot and been revolutionised by the internet with job search sites, online application etc.

However, many employers still use more traditional methods with adverts in the newspaper or professional and trade magazines.

Also, you can be proactive by sending your CV and introductory letters to employers that interest you.

The bottom line is how to make yourself stand out from the crowd.


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