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8 Ways you could easily get a better job


Nobody likes dragging themselves to work in the morning while imagining a better career, yet that’s exactly what millions of people do on a regular basis. You have a job and it gives you enough money to pay your bills and live comfortably, so why should you take the risk of looking for another one? Well, for starters – chances are you could be making a lot more money than you are right now. Also, you could be doing something that you’re passionate about, or at least enjoy doing. If any of these statements sound similar to your recent thoughts about your job, check out the following 8 ways you could rejuvenate your career with ease.

1. Distributing your CV to recruitment agencies

The conventional approach of sending your CV to one prospective employer at a time is still very worthwhile, but in addition you should also be using CV distribution services to proactively reach out to multiple recruiting networks. This gives you the advantage of accepting offers from companies who want to hire you, instead of being just another desperate applicant competing for a job. By placing your CV on a pedestal using platforms like Job Nexus, you can start get considered for higher paying positions by recruiters who are looking for very specific skill sets.

2. Submitting at least 3 applications daily

Aside from finding new ways to distribute your CV and making yourself visible, it’s also a good idea to set a minimum daily quota for your job search efforts. Most people can reasonably submit 1-3 job applications per day. By broadening your search and applying for more positions, you heighten your chances of getting the best-paying job available to you. Implementing such a simple and reasonable rule will help you get past the self-doubt and procrastination that often causes hesitation in people who want to change jobs but haven’t yet made the push to do so. Surely, you won’t want to reach out to a recruiter or HR via social networks, so the best option, in this case, is to find emails of relevant people somewhere (for example, on LinkedIn) and send them an email with your application.

3. Revamp your portfolio

If you have a portfolio that showcases your work, it may be time to take a closer look and update it. Most people are slow to add their recent achievements, so start there and then consider running a few projects specifically for your portfolio. For example, if you’re a web developer, you could create a few new sites to the best of your ability to make your portfolio more impressive. Building examples specifically for your portfolio lets you showcase your best work, without having to work around the pressure of client specifications and deadlines.

4. Expand your search to other areas

Sometimes all it takes to find your dream job is looking in another region. Granted, this means you’d have to be willing to relocate, but if it stands to benefit your career and finances tremendously, it’s definitely an option you may want to leave open. Once you start expanding the geographical range of your job search, you’ll probably be surprised at just how many opportunities you’ve been overlooking merely because of location.

5. Consider other positions

Just as considering other locations opens up new doors, so does broadening the job positions you’re applying for. For example, someone who has experience as a restaurant manager could easily use that experience to apply for a job as a retail store manager. Browsing job site categories is a great way to find openings that may lend themselves to your experience and credentials.

6. Have high income standards

It’s easy to become complacent when you’re accustomed to living within a certain income bracket. In fact, it can be hard to imagine yourself making more than your current salary. While making the jump from £45,000 to £75,000 per year can seem far-fetched, there are many occupations in which the highest paid employees do enjoy wages that are that much higher than the lower-paid end of the spectrum in the same position.

7. Work on interview skills

You could have a superb CV and portfolio, but without acceptable interview skills you probably won’t get hired. This is the most nerve-racking stage of the job search process, so it makes sense that you should spend plenty of time preparing for it. Read books that teach you how to answer common interview questions and practice your responses by having friends quiz you.

8. Create case studies and work samples

Finally, to go the extra mile and prove your worth to prospective employers, create case studies that show the results you’ve generated for other companies/clients. Likewise, you can win kudos by producing bespoke work samples specifically for the consideration of hiring managers.

Utilising your full employment potential

Ultimately, searching for a better job isn’t about insulting your current boss, ditching your co-workers, “uprooting” yourself, or any of those other negative, doubtful excuses that tend to keep us locked into jobs we don’t like for years on end. No, it’s simply about knowing your value and taking steps to put your skills to good use in a job that is more compatible with your life goals.

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