City : Career Elevator : How to Change your Career
Once you've got your first job you may decide that the next step for you isn't a promotion but a move to another company. One of the most obvious times for this to happen is 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.
Here are some ways that you can use your current job to help you get a better job in another company
Work on your skills
This may be key if the 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.
If you need a further qualifications to boost your career prospects then have a look at our Learning Bank to see what options are available to you.
Volunteering can be related to work or not, but could well give you the chance to demonstrate new skills and to network with new people. It also shows that you are willing to work hard and are not just motivated by money. (If you are interested in seeing what kind of volunteer opportunities are available, then head over to the Volunteering Mall on our website for more information).
Remember to 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 recognize and appreciate the effort. This is a good time for you to be honest with yourself about your skills, knowledge and expertise. Think about why you may not have been awarded a promotion in your current job, or why you may not have been offered interviews or roles recently. Can you do anything to change this situation? Getting independent advice on your CV is recommended – National Careers Service and Adviza (for those under 18 years) are both able to help.