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KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
When interviewing an average of five to six people per day it became evident that people are unsure about what they want to do with their lives. Admitting, life has a strange way of walking one through the motions. The dream we had as school-leavers of what we will be doing with our lives and what we actually are doing is nine time out of ten not the same. But there-in is the beauty we learn about who we are each and every day. Sometimes when asked the question in an interview: "what is it that you want to do?" one gets faced with a strange answer:
"what do you have available?"
There are people who are under the impression that any job that a recruiter has on the books will be better than what they have currently. This is a huge misconception. Please do not misunderstand in that you need to stay where you are if you are unhappy. If you are not fulfilled in your job or career you need to follow the following steps:
1. Know what you want
The only way you will know what you want in your job or career is to know what it is about your current job or career that you do and do not enjoy. Is it the industry? The location? The management? Make a list of all that you enjoy and all that you don't. This will send you in a direction of what you envisage your next job to eliminate as well as contain. This will also demand some self-exploration. Do you know yourself? Do you know what will fulfill you? You need to understand that you spend the most of your time at work and when you are not happy there one can assume that you will be grabbing at all kids of escape routes in order to find that happiness that is missing in your work life.
2. Don't become desperate
People on a day to day basis lose their jobs or get retrenched. They come for interviews that is completely out of their lines of experience and totally out of character. An example: accountants applying for sales positions. Yes, this is the illogical move of a desperate person. The more panic, the less successful a person becomes. Know yourself well enough to know where you will strive and where you should rather not venture into. If you are in a desperate position go waiter for a month or two to find the finances to put food on the table while your CV is out there on the internet looking for the next career move for you. Do not let your ego come in the way of your happiness.
3. Get out there
Make sure that your CV is updated, typo free and professionally done. Put yourself in a recruiters shoes. They don't care if your hobby is watching TV, in fact that puts them off as you will appear to be a lazy kind of person. If you do not have a hobby there is no need to mention it. They don't care which church you belong to or that you were the hockey captain in grade 10. Really. Think logically when writing your CV. The very first thing recruiters want to know is in which area you reside in. people often forget this. You can be the best candidate on the list but if you find yourself in Cape Town and the positon is in Boksburg, the exercise would be of no use now would it. Your work experience is essentially important as this is what will give us as recruiters an idea of what you are capable of. Very seldom does one get clients who demands degrees and diplomas. What you have done is the determining factor of what you are capable of doing.
Happy Job hunting!