City : Career Elevator : Moving on to a New Job
When to move on...
Once you've been in your first job for a while, you may decide that the next step for you isn't a promotion but a move to another company.
You may want to move on when you know that your company has no more opportunities for your advancement. Some companies may be too small to be able to promote everyone and this is something that you should find out about when you start thinking about moving on and up in your career.
If you'd like to change your career it's good to start thinking about the next job you'd like to go in to and to have an opportunity in your sights. It's no good leaving your current job to then having nothing to go in to!
When you do choose to move on you'll have to hand in a notice and follow company procedure - you'll have to ask your manager about how to move on to know what's required of you!
Top tips for moving onwards and upwards...
Work on your skills
Having the right skills might be important if the new job you are applying for requires you to have certain qualifications or abilities.
Look out for this in advance so that you can prepare – don’t forget that many employers will happily provide training to new employees and that you may have skills you can adapt into new roles. You may even have a chance to complete training in your current role that will help you with future jobs!
If you'd like to boost your skills, learn something new, or go in to full time education check out the Learning Curve for information and advice.
Volunteering could give you the chance to demonstrate new skills and to network with new people, whether it's through work or completely separate.
Getting involved in a voluntary role shows that you are willing to work hard and are not just motivated by money! This is a valuable trait for employers, as it shows you care about the job rather than what you will get out of it!
For more information on volunteering, check out the Volunteering Alley!
It is vital that you update your CV when you apply for any new positions.
Try and shape your CV to reflect the job description you are applying for, as employers will be able to quickly see if you have the skills they're looking for and will appreciate the personalised approach.
Make sure when writing your CV that you are always honest about your skills, knowledge and expertise. Think about what extra skills you may be able to add to your CV from your first job but always be honest about your responsibilities and successes!
If you'd like more help writing or updating your CV, check out the CV Power Station.