New Year, New Career

Posted by Prospect‘s Asia Pacific Team

There is nothing worse than starting another year in a job that doesn’t satisfy you. However, changing roles, moving in house or even going freelance can all feel a little daunting at times or at worst impossible. But fear not, here are our five top tips for making the transition to new employment smoother and completely achievable.

Tip 1: Get planning

To help you get started, write a plan with achievable targets. Getting your ideas down on paper helps align your thoughts and makes the vision real. Start with just one task a week to begin with and ensure you hold yourself accountable! Get a friend or family member to check up on your progress. You may regret this at the time, but you’ll thank them in the end.

Tip 2: It’s who you know

As the old saying goes…it’s not what you know, it’s who you know and in an industry like PR which is all about people, never has this statement been more true. Explore your network and don’t be afraid to ask for help (at worst you’ll be met with radio silence, so no big deal). Utilise your connections for the inside info on people and workplaces. It really pays to do your research before getting into the interview room.

Tip 3: Believe in yourself

As cheesy and cliche as this sounds, sometimes the person we really need to convince of our ability is ourselves! If you believe you can do it, then you will. It’s essential to do away with negative thoughts and really trust in your experience and knowledge. Don’t think you’re under-qualified – focus on your key achievements to date and remember that skills are transferable.

Tip 4: Create your Personal Brand

We spend so much time thinking about our clients’ brands so now it’s time to think about your own personal brand. Ask yourself – how do I want to be understood? Once you have your answer, you can carefully tailor your CV and LinkedIn page to reflect this. Get feedback from friends, colleagues and preferably a recruitment expert (Yes, that’s where we come in!). It’s also important to be mindful of your social media channels; maybe you are really proud of your hot summer bod, but your new potential boss doesn’t need to see it!

Tip 5: Prepare and stay positive

So…you’ve researched your new potential employer, made some connections, built up your personal brand, and now it’s time to prepare for the big event: your interview. Firstly, start with role playing some typical questions with a friend or family member so that you feel comfortable and confident with your responses. Be aware of your posture and gestures too as body language is key at interview. If you haven’t watched Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk on body language – you must. As Cuddy affirms, two minutes of power posing before an interview can really make a difference to its outcome.

And finally, surround yourself with positive people who will big you up and support you on your journey. Who has time for haters in our busy world? Good luck with your quest and make sure to keep us posted on your progress.