If you find changing jobs difficult, then do it slowly. It’s important that you know your strengths and try and be flexible. Even if you have suffered a redundancy (one of the less desirable effects of constantly changing workplaces), there are steps you can take to safeguard your chances of remaining employable.
When it comes to employment diversity, it’s definitely a case of ‘times have changed’. Most employers now expect to see candidates who have moved between careers and industries. To some employers, a diverse employment background demonstrates flexibility and the capacity to adjust to a new role, company culture and different management practices. The days of ‘jobs for life’ are well and truly behind us and changing jobs is no longer seen as a way of committing employment harakiri. Taking the occasional risk and branching out into new areas can also add to your value as an employee. Likewise, working overseas or making lifestyle changes can reveal a candidate’s enthusiasm for new challenges and the ability to take decisive action.
More and more people have taken the jump into free lancing, working from home or subcontracting as an alternative way of working. Some people refer to this as ‘creating your own job, and in fact for many, particularly older workers, this might be their best option. A word of advice, though, think carefully before jumping head-first into the unknown, into a total career change – it can backfire.
At the same time, never take too lightly the value of experience. Experience is crucial in establishing and maintaining useful contacts straight into a role because they already have the required skills and information are valuable. One way of making a career change is by moving into a job that shares some common ground with your existing occupation. This is a lower-risk option that allows you to explore new career options by combining your old skills with new skills. For example, a writer could move into publishing or a politician could move into used car sales.
Education – stick with it
The surest way of maximising your chances of being able to adapt in this changing world is by investing time and energy in your own education – and to continue this process throughout your life. What’s more, it doesn’t much matter if you forget some of what you’ve learn or can’t use it directly in your work. The beauty of ongoing education is it keeps your skills up to date, your mind alive and trains you to think, to question, and to find solutions to problems.
Also, by completing an educational course you achieve something tangible and have a document to prove it. Not only does this boost your self-esteem, confidence and skills levels, it demonstrates to an employer that you have the grit and ability to see something you’ve started through to a successful end, a quality all employers value and seek.
When hunting for a job, your first port of call will probably be the classified section of the major metropolitan newspapers. Local papers also carry hob advertisements. If you are open to the possibility of relocating, you might like to consult regional classifieds or ads from interstate newspapers.
Another great way to look for jobs is via the Internet. Some handy websites to search include:
- Indeed.com. This features a comprehensive list of links to other sites which you can use to search for jobs.
- SimplyHire.com. This site will email you jobs suited to your requirements. It can also help you to create a resume online.
- The Monster Board : Monster.com. Abiding by the principle that practice makes perfect, this site features a virtual interview page asking some questions that are sure to test the most experienced of interviewees. This site also lets your search for jobs overseas.