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What It Takes To Land Your Next Job

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Whether you’re employed but seeking new opportunities, a recent graduate, in a marketing job, or returning to work after a break – looking and applying for a new role can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself. No employer or interviewer is ever the same: each will have their own set of ideal skills that they would like to see in their next hire, so a one-size-fits-all approach will not work.

What It Takes To Land Your Next Job

A great place to start, is using some of the resources available online from advice articles to practice interview questions. With that in mind, here are five top tips to use when searching, interviewing and getting ready for a new role:

1.Understand different personality types in the workplace

There is no denying that different personality types are more ideally suited to certain types of jobs and sectors. What is needed to succeed in marketing jobs or PPC jobs is likely to be very different to what is needed to succeed in careers at the other end of the spectrum such as HR jobs, recruitment jobs, or even accounts assistant jobs. The challenge for candidates is to get a sense of the business: ascertaining the company’s culture through careful questions. More often than not, the organisational culture is a strong indicator of the type of personalities who work there. You should also take time to ask about the team you are looking to join to understand if you’ll be a complementary fit – after all, a team’s dynamic is often the amalgamation of individual personalities.

2.Showcase your soft skills

There has been a lot of talk about the importance of soft skills – but what do we actually mean when we talk about this? In essence, soft skills relate to your ability to work well in a team and the ability to communicate with people at all levels of a business. For example, if you are applying for team secretary jobs, or even supply chain administrator jobs, there is an expectation that you will need to manage both up and down internally, and even with external partners and suppliers. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that soft skills are the secret key to successful relationships and partnerships at work.

3.Prepare for interviews

Whilst this seems a go-to piece of advice, you will be surprised how many people don’t actually prepare for an interview. Don’t just spend time preparing strong answers to relevant questions, focus some of your preparation on researching and understanding the business – the markets they operate in, and the products or services they sell. Use LinkedIn wisely to better understand key staff within the organisation; especially those who will conduct the interview (if you know this). Getting to know them, and their background, better will help you build-up a better rapport far, far more quickly.

4.Be proactive and demonstrate your knowledge

Don’t be afraid to share this knowledge of the organisation by weaving it into your answers and discussion points. It goes without saying that if you can effectively show how your skills and expertise can be applied to the business in hand, then you will increase your likelihood of success.

5.Have a sense of humour and be yourself

Whilst a key interview objective is to prove that you are the perfect fit for the organisation, don’t lose sight of who you are and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Of course you need to demonstrate that you have the right personality and skills to fit in, but no organisation wants to hire a team of carbon copy personalities.