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Operated by TIM Ltd.
154 Eucharistic Congress Road, Mosta, MST 9037, Malta

T: +356 2010 1115

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Career Advice

Here are our top tips!

  • Networking is essential: If you’re applying to an advertised vacancy, you’ll face a lot of competition which means you’ll need to stand out from the crowd. You can increase your chances by tailoring your CV and application materials to the role and the company, but probably the easiest way to stand out is through some old-fashioned networking.
  • Research how you can come to the attention of a hiring manager through personal referrals and online contacts (such as LinkedIn). Follow the company on Twitter, be in the same communities and groups. Find out what you can do for the company and how that will benefit them. If you can get a meeting with a decision-maker you get the chance to make an impression before you’ve even mentioned the word job.
  • Applying for roles when abroad: It’s possible to get the ball rolling on a job hunt while you’re outside the country. Researching career paths and roles is easy enough online. But if you’re making applications, make sure you mention somewhere that you’re relocating back to the UK and give a timeframe. You might also be able to conduct at least initial interviews via Skype.
  • Practice makes perfect at interview: The more you practice, the more confident you should feel. Brainstorm possible questions and do a trial interview with a friend. Use your contacts to find someone who knows the company/sector and ask them what the current issues are.
  • Try and put the interviewer on the backfoot early by asking them questions. Take in material that shows how well you’ve researched the role and, of course, be ready to reel off not what you’re good at, but how you can make a real difference in the role. That’s what the line manager wants to hear. Obviously this doesn’t mean you won’t get a difficult question, but it does mean you’re more likely to be in a position to answer it with increased confidence. Preparation really is all.
  • Blogging is a great way to get noticed: Blogging gets your name out there and helps you to build up contacts and start networking. It can be a challenge to fit your dream career around your commitments, but there’s often more than one way into a role; developing new ideas could help you to explore what’s possible.
  • Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward: Every situation is different but on the whole most people do have to take a bit of a step back in terms of salary package, before they can move forward. For this reason it’s very important to view career change as a long-term process.
  • Make the most out of LinkedIn: Too many people simply post a profile, sit back and expect wonderful things to happen. Make sure you are getting as much as you can out of the groups: join groups with shared professional interests and get involved in conversations.
  • Flexibility is essential when dealing with temping agencies: Success in using temping agencies often comes down to your success in building a good relationship with them. You need to be the first person they think of when a new assignment comes in. It is much easier to be that person if you’ve had the opportunity to meet them face-to-face. Be prepared to take on anything and everything at first to prove yourself as a reliable worker.
  • Innovative applications work better in certain industries: It’s hard to predict how unconventional approaches will be received by employers. That said, in the current job market, trying different ways to get noticed is often the only option to gain cut-through.
  • Think outside the box to make a change: Research the various roles and network with those already employed your chosen sector – buy them a coffee, pick their brains. This will help you to refine your ideas and decide on exactly the type of role you want. Try to get a voluntary role or two to test and refine your ambitions. Give yourself time, but also give yourself a specific goal, with a specific date for completion.
  • Deciding what to do next: The first step is to clear the wood from the trees and then you’ll find what you want to research for your next role. At the end of your next really wonderful day at work, brainstorm what you enjoy and hate about your current job. Stick the notes up on two separate doors in your house and leave them for a few days. On your next really bad day, repeat the exercise and see if there is any change. This will help you to see the pros and cons of changing or staying more clearly.
  • Changing without taking a pay cut: Consider why you want to change career and what you would like to do instead? Research the requirements for a particular job. Be honest, how well do you match up? In the current economic climate, employers want people who are a very close if not perfect match. You may not have to take a significant pay cut but it depends how well you match up and what else you can offer.
  • Make direct approaches: Make the job boards part of your strategy but also approach the businesses you would like to work for when they aren’t recruiting. We have created jobs for good people who approached us directly even though we hadn’t advertised in the market.