When you finish university or college, the next step is to find yourself your first real job. This is a major transitional phase for your career, as you will be going from studying full time and maybe having a part-time job to earn some spending money, to working in a full-time role that is probably around 37-40 hours a week.
Don’t be put off by the fact that it is a major change. Many people will be looking for graduates and actually, it won’t necessarily matter what subject your degree is in. Make sure your CV is up to scratch and begin sending it to recruitment agencies to see what they can offer you.
Whilst you shouldn’t necessarily just take the first job you are offered, you also shouldn’t be put off by taking a more junior role. Many graduates think too much about the bigger picture and look for jobs that meet with all their career dreams and that they could see themselves doing forever. This is unrealistic. Find a job, get some experience and then re-evaluate your options in a year’s time if you want to.
There is no doubt about it – using a recruitment agency will help to make your life easier when you are seeking a new position. The recruiter will do lots of the hard work for you, finding you appropriate jobs and arranging interviews on your behalf. It’s important you work with the right person, so here are some tips to help you:
- Look online. Most professional recruiters will be online now, so by searching for them there, you can have access to many different agencies.
- Meet them in person. Reputable agencies will usually want to meet you in person – if they don’t, maybe ask yourself if they are the right agency for you as they won’t be able to make such accurate matches.
- Find an industry-specific recruiter. This will mean that they have the most specifically-targeted positions for you.
These tips will help you to find a recruiter who will be able to get you the perfect new position.
Many of us dream about running our own business, but often the reality of it is far from the dream we had in mind. Businesses can go wrong for a number of reasons and if you are the business owner then you will most likely feel the stress and pressure more than anyone else.
If you have been self-employed or owned your own business and feel it is time to go back to employment you may find the transition period very hard.
Being employed will most likely mean that you have a boss that you report to. You will be given a job role and either a salary or commission based structure of pay and will have to work certain hours to achieve this. Working for yourself takes discipline but so does working for someone else and you not only have yourself to answer to but possibly a manager or business owner.
Starting your own business can be daunting. You may worry about how you are going to attract customers and get the work and if you are going to be able to make money. If you have to buy stock or employ staff from the offset then this will also be a concern, especially if you have had to take out a loan to get you off the ground.
When starting your own business, marketing is essential. You need to be able to promote your company in a cost effective way and ideally monitor which marketing avenue is most successful for you.
When you have a good idea of what you want your business to do and have created a business plan, then you need to start to think about company names and logos. Having a business card, flyers or even just a logo can give your customers more confidence to buy from you.
Many people say that you do not have to be happy in a job and that you have to go regardless as whether you enjoy it or not, but job satisfaction can be extremely important.
If you are in a current job role, where you do not enjoy most of your day, a lot of the time then I would definitely say it’s time for a change. This may mean a change of job or simply a change of your working.
Firstly you need to find out what is making you unhappy. Is it the working hours, travelling to work or the people you work with? Once you know this you can then start to consider how and if you can improve your situation.
It may be that you need to arrange a sit down with your lime manager to discuss your concerns and issues, but ideally do not just go to them with problems, but offer reasonable solutions too.
If you are looking to go self-employed then you must have a certain level of discipline to ensure that you get your work finished on time and to a high standard. Unlike an employed position, where you may have a boss to answer to or someone who is checking your work, you may only have to answer to yourself, but to really make a go of it you ned discipline.
Time management is often one of the hardest things self-employed people struggle with, especially if you are working from home. There are often a number of distractions in and around the home which can very quickly and easily encroach on our work time, leaving you behind and having to stay up late or work weekends to catch up.
Being self-employed can be very rewarding as long as you are strict and make yourself work the correct number of hours needed to succeed.