Job Blog: Next Steps

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Having written a successful CV and cover letter, undertaking a professional job search and applying and attending interviews there's a few steps left to do and to remember. 

Having done your interview, your now feeling confident and great in yourself. There's no feeling like having the feeling of success and confidence. Your body language and tone of voice will change in how you feel about your interview, if you are having a good time it will show in your voice in the interview. You probably won't find out if you have the job straight away, so its important to stay positive. Staying positive helps you keep going with your job search and other interviews you may have. The usual
waiting period to hear back from an employer is two weeks, so keep positive as you may hear back before this time. If you don't hear back after two weeks give the employer a call, as they may be delayed or they can give you helpful feed back if you were not successful.

If you didn't get the job it isn't the end of the world, it may seem like it, especially if you have been turned down for so many. But, try to keep your spirits up, these interviews can be learning experiences and help you improve your techniques. If you know where you went wrong or need improvement you can work on that, but asking for feed back is a huge help to your interview skills. Feed back gives you an insight into how your interview is seen from another person. They can tell you exactly where you went wrong for them, which you can build up on your skills. However, there are some companies that will say certain this that were wrong with the interview, though this can be a lie. The law states you can not be prejudiced against someone applying for a job, as well as sexist, ageist and  homophobic. However, there is still companies that will not hire someone who does not fit into their stores image. This can be problematic for people, as some companies will not hire larger people, not muscular/fit people and some companies have preferences for hair color and height. With this in mind, consider the company you will be working for and the type of people they hire, Hollister like fit, attractive, athletic surfer types and if your don't fit you won't get the job. 

Not getting a job can get you down, I know I've been there. But, you need to keep positive as you will find a job out there for you, there is always a way around problems. If you feel courses or work experience will benefit you for the type of job you want, go for it. The job center still provide courses that will help basic maths, english and IT skills, as well as a variety of courses, such as child care. You also have the option of Apprenticeships (up to the age of 24), this can help you with training and usually guarantees a job at the end of it. Work experience is a great experience to undertake, as this increases your skills and knowledge into a certain sector of work. It can also open doors job wise, as the employer may have jobs available or they know other employers in the area that they can recommend you to. Work experience is unpaid work, which can be a bit of a drag but you need to prove you can do the job and work. It will also prove to you whether you can do the job or not (especially if you have never done that job before and have always wanted to do it).

If you go the job, good for you, you deserve it. But, don't forget to prepare for your up and coming job. Now days employers hire new staff on a temporary contact for between 3 to 6 months. This time is crucial and will be the toughest time for you, this period means that you will be assessed and observed critically. If you don't prove yourself to be a hard and dedicated worker in this period, the employer can ask you to leave and not renew your contract, this brings you back to square one. In this period, you need to show you can do the job as well as ask questions when you need help and advice, you also need to show you can work well with others and on your own. Being part of the team is important to any employer as they need a team that can run efficiently and smoothly, if you cannot get on with the team you will not have your contact renewed. 

Before and after this period you should always read through your contacts carefully, it is very easy to just skim over the pages, but you don't want to sign and agree to things you don't actually agree with. These contacts will state pay, holidays, responsibilities and how they deal with sickness, maternity and disciplinary actions. You need to read the responsibilities very carefully and if there is anything that you don't understand ask or see if you can get additions to the contract or have things removed. Pay is usually more negotiable after the temporary contract, this is because the employer knows how well you have worked, though a pay rise is not always a done deal. Most employers will ask to see more improvement more hard working and they then will consider it when they have another appraisal. An appraisal, is like a review of contacts and of how well you think and the employer thinks you have done in the company, you will find that telecommunications will do these more frequently. 

If you were offered this job and it's not something you really want, still take it. You'll find, you can get more job offers when your in work than when your out of it. This is because a lot of employers like to take someone off of a competitors books and it shows you are ready for a change. Not only does a job look good to an employer, it also fills in the gaps on your CV, which in turn looks good to any employer looking to hire. You may also find that you get some type of training in the first couple of months in the company which can be useful on your CV for other companies. And lets face it when you have a job you'll probably be earning a lot more than being on benefits.

Whatever happens keep positive, keep going and try your hardest. Even if you don't have the skills and experience you have the passion and determination to do the job. All the best and for any further tips let me know and for previous advice; Interviews, Interview Prep, Job Search, CVs  .

Remember You Work to Live, Not Live to Work!
XOXOX


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