Here are five tips for helping make your 2022 a success:
- Make a plan! So, what do you want to do? From florist to financial planner, there is a huge range of opportunities to explore. Start off by thinking about what you enjoy and identifying your skills and strengths. Even if you don’t achieve your ultimate goal immediately, you may well find yourself in a related area that can bring fulfilment in ways you might not have considered. Find out more here: https://www.routes.org.uk/helpful-resources/why-work-or-volunteer/what-work/
- Get yourself out there! Volunteering for a charity can help build new skills, create new contacts and help build your self-esteem. Although the work may not offer a financial reward, there are many people in our local area that would benefit from any time that you can offer – and this is valuable experience you can add to your CV. Who knows, perhaps volunteering may lead to something more in the future! You can find a list of local charities on the Internet or read more about how volunteering can benefit you here: https://www.routes.org.uk/helpful-resources/why-work-or-volunteer/
- Spruce up your CV! Usually the first chance you get to make an impression on a potential employer is your CV (or resume). Routes can offer help with creating your CV – making sure that it’s thorough, eyecatching and word-perfect – to give you the best chance of getting through to the interview. To help sell yourself in your CV, Routes offers a range of advice here: https://www.routes.org.uk/helpful-resources/why-work-or-volunteer/creating-your-cv/
- Get set for the interview! Think ahead – what questions do you expect the interviewer will ask you? Ask a friend or family member of they would do some role play with you and ask you some questions. Listen carefully to any feedback they give with an open mind – you may not agree with them, but remember that the person who ends up interviewing you might! https://www.routes.org.uk/helpful-resources/why-work-or-volunteer/interview-preparations/
- Well done – you got that job! Making that first day a success will make the rest of your job a lot easier. Make sure that you research the company first: do they have a dress code? Do you need to bring anything? The HR Manager will be able to help you if you can’t find the answers from your own research. Have a few practices getting up and ready – what needs to change to get you where you need to be on time? https://www.routes.org.uk/helpful-resources/why-work-or-volunteer/preparing-for-work/
But most importantly, if you didn’t get the job, don’t feel disheartened – try and try again.