Thinking of applying for a new job? With the New Year fast approaching, there’s no better time for a fresh start, a chance to make the big changes that you’ve been thinking about over 2015. Job-hunting can be hard work, and more often than not it takes a fair few attempts before we have a success, especially in today’s much more competitive job market. If you’re planning on applying for a new job, here are some things that you should consider to make sure you’re completely prepared.

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  1. Know the Role

Even if you’re thinking about making a total career change, it’s important to make sure that this is actually an achievable goal. While the role you have in mind may sound great, you should take the effort to learn about and truly understand what that role entails.

Thoroughly researching a role before applying will help you to prepare, as well as helping you to determine if this is the job for you. While some aspects of the job may seem great, there may be other aspects where you don’t have the right skills or lack experience. Understanding the role inside and out is one of the best ways to prepare and will help you apply for the right jobs.

  1. Experience

Experience is the one of the keys to a successful job hunt, and it’s important that you’re able to display your levels of experience to any potential employer. If you’ve found a job that you want to apply for, then you need to ensure that you have experience relevant to the role, and in some cases it can help you to understand where you could improve on your existing skills and abilities. This can be a great opportunity to fill in some of the gaps or brush up on the skills you already have, improving your employability prospects.

  1. Prospects

It’s a fact of life that some jobs have prospects and opportunities for advancement, and some don’t. If you’re looking for a new career and want the chance to climb the ladder into a higher position of authority, then you need to make sure that those options are open to you.

When preparing for a job application, do your research to see what your options are and if there are any opportunities for you to advance in your new career.

  1. Image

It might seem cynical, but the way that you present yourself to potential employers is actually very important. Regardless of how suited you are to the role, if you don’t make an effort with your image then you may find that employers are reticent to hire you. Before applying for a job, consider how you present yourself to people and if this could be improved. The way you dress, the way you speak and even the car you drive to work can contribute to those all-important first impressions.