1.Self Assessment, it doesn’t have to be taxing.

Question your motives.

  • What do you like doing?
  • What are your past and present job attributes? (As oppose to title, allowing yourself to be freer if a greater change is something you’re looking for)
  • What do you want from a new job?

Considering these questions you can outline your objectives for leaving/changing/choosing job specifically.

The most important thing you can be is confident in your decision and abilities. This will benefit you by having genuine peace of mind and also reassuring the person on the recipient of your CV or interviewer, that you are capable, confident and knowledgeable.

2. Research the Companies you want to work for.

The internet is a beautiful thing; it gives you access and information about pretty much anything you want to find out about.

In keeping with this enthusiasm, find as much out about the companies you’re targeting as possible, this can give you an advantage in knowing how to apply and what angle to use in your covering letter.

Also, if you know anybody that has worked in the company or still does, use them! Networking and talking to people is the best kind of research, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone!

3. Preparing documentation

Your CV; need to be readable, simple as well as attractive and targeting! The government have excellent advice for CV writing that can help any dead end.

http://goo.gl/wiewX

Cover Letter 

An effective cover letter can be the difference between your CV being acknowledged or ignored. A cover letter should complement, not duplicate, your resume. Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences (remember, relevance is determined by the employer’s self-interest). They should express a high level of interest and knowledge about the position.

4. Interview Preparation

Consider this;

  • Your appearance, clothes, hair, nails.

If you don’t look after your personal hygiene as well, and we’re not necessarily assuming that you are an unwashed homeless person, or someone who may have emerged from a cave with no idea about civilized society, we’re merely saying; brushing your teeth before hand and leaving enough time to clean behind your ears and such.

5. Leaving

Congratulations you have a new job, all the above has paid off!

BUT! Before you pack your bags and say, see ya later Boss. Don’t. Stay on good terms, work through your notice period and leave with the great relationship you intend to have with your new employer. After all you will need a decent reference!

Be good and be gracious!

Good Luck.