If you’re considering a change of role, knowing where to start can seem daunting.

You may be questioning if you should stay or if you should go, doubting your CV or switching up your career and taking on a new challenge.

That’s why we’re covering the common queries that you may have in the stages before you take on a new job – from that initial intention to move, through to making sure the role you’ve got is a good fit.

Read on to find out more…

How do I know when it’s time to move on?

Do you ever feel like your manager/boss/employer promises things that never come to fruition?

If you’ve ever been told that if you hit a certain target, that you’ll progress, but then the goal posts have shifted and that promotion never comes to light – or maybe you have continuously been doing the same job for 1 – 2 years with no progression opportunities – it could be time to look elsewhere, especially in the early stages of your career.

Another red flag that indicates it could be time to move on is being overlooked for promotions.
If your manager(s) are hiring people from outside of the organisation to do a role that you’re more than capable and qualified to do, it suggests they are either not aware or not interested in the talent they have.

How do I highlight my transferable skills?

Highlighting transferable skills can be a challenge for some. If you’re switching to a new career where your current practical skills aren’t necessarily relevant, transferable skills can come into a league of their own.
Three ways you can highlight transferable skills are:

Use personal experiences
Your transferable skills don’t always have to be specific to working life. You can draw on experiences It can be showing key characteristics to help you excel.

Showcase your transferable skills on your CV
Ensure you have a dedicated section to highlight your transferable skills on your CV. Transferable skills can also be a conversation starter at interview stage, so it’s important to make sure they’re included.

Write a cover letter
Writing a cover letter is especially pertinent if your practical experience isn’t 100% relevant to the job you’re applying for. Within the cover letter, you should also reference any key points that you can relate to from the job spec alongside any other relevant experiences you’ve had. Sending a cover letter alongside your CV and using them together can really help you to stand out from other applicants.

Examples of transferable skills:
• Adaptability
• Collaboration
• Communication
• Conflict Management
• Emotional Intelligence
• Leadership
• Negotiation
• Problem-Solving
• Teamwork
• Time-management

What should be on my CV?

Here are our six key CV do’s and don’ts:

DO – put your job history in chronological order. Make sure your most recent job is at the top, as it is likely to be most appropriate experience that you have.

DON’T – Overcomplicate it! Make sure what you put on your CV is relevant to the job. It doesn’t need to be an expansive history of everything you’ve ever done – just keep it applicable to the job you are applying for.

DO – keep it concise. Make sure what you are putting on your CV reflects what you can do, and what experience you can bring to the role.

DO – Make it specific. Some CVs can be quite vague – for example if you’re a salesperson yet you don’t include any sales figures.

Think about getting in the head of the hiring manager, as they’re going to want to know what your figures are, so they can see that you’ll perform within the role.

Other things that you can include to help you stand out are any key projects you’ve been involved with and any key achievements you’ve earned while in your current role. These can really sell you to a future employer, showing practical experience and desirable characteristics.

DON’T – put anything on your CV that you can’t backup at interview stage. There’s nothing worse than being put on the spot and called out for something that’s true. And trust us when we say that 9 times out of 10 you will be caught out, either in the interview or further down the line. Is it really worth losing that dream job over?

DO – Make sure your key contact information is up to date. Making sure your mobile number and your email address is on your CV can help better your chances of making it through to interview stage, as employers can reach out and contact you easily.

How do I know if my new job is a good fit?

The first step in establishing if a new job is a good fit for your career needs and wants is to assess why you are actually looking to move.

Whether it’s travel, working hours, salary or anything else, really think about what the real motivational factors are behind you wanting a new role.

Once you understand that, you can actively try to minimise those specific frustrations when moving forward into a new role.

For example, if travel is a major issue for you at the moment, make sure your new role is within a reasonable distance that you’d be willing to travel. If a 45-minute commute is too long – make sure your new one is not 50 minutes.

If it is money, inquire within the interview as to what the commission structure is to make sure it’s appealing and mapped out (but don’t jump the gun).

Think long term – it may be exciting right now, but will the role still be appealing 6 months down the line?

Apply this logic to each of your motivations and then you can be certain of your choice, you do not make a rash decision
It can also be a good idea to ask any family members or any peers to see whether they agree with what you’re feeling.

They can provide an outside perspective and understand what grinds on you within your current role – especially if it’s repeatedly happened.

We hope these pointers help you in the run up to finding a new role in Financial Services!

For any other questions you may have, get touch with the team to help secure your next Financial Services opportunity

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