South Wales Echo: how to ace #MassiveMonday

In our monthly South Wales Echo column, Dave Sadler, Acorn's Head of IT recruitment, shares his thoughts about what makes January the biggest time for jobseekers and why a change of career is always an option, no matter your age or experience.

The first Monday of the New Year, known as "Massive Monday", is the most popular day of the calendar for job-hunting and for many of you it will be the start of the search for a change of career in 2016.

Following the Christmas break, many of your will ask yourself; what do I really want from my career? You may be looking at vacant jobs and seriously considering taking on a new career path. More than one in four people switch careers during their lifetime; so it's therefore no surprise that you may be weighing up your options.

With the average British person working for over 45 years, it's incredibly important to try to have a job and a career that you enjoy and that challenges you. Your aspirations may change and in turn, your skills will develop and you may discover that the profession you're currently in isn't necessarily the one you want to stick with. And so, whilst helping to guide you on your way, you need to make sure that your next step is the right one.

I specialise in recruiting for IT roles but the following can be applied to anyone looking for a change in their career.

Simply follow these simple steps below and you'll be preparing yourself for making the next move:

1. Evaluate

If you are seriously thinking about a new job or moving your career in a different direction, a good starting point is to really think about what's important to you in a career, and what you like and dislike. For example, are you a sales consultant by day and an aspiring web developer by night? You'll be surprised what skills you've developed through your interests and hobbies.

2. Research

Find out more about the industry you want to go into - look into training opportunities, professional association bodies, leading employers and vacant job roles. This will give you an idea of what training and qualifications you may need, and the types of jobs and levels that are available, mapping out your five-year plan.

3. Network

Speak to the people doing the job you want. Not only will you make key contacts, but you'll get a real feel for the type of people you could be working with, and the day-to-day activities expected of you.

4. Learn more

There are many free webinars, seminars and on-line course available to start developing your knowledge and skills. This is a key way to demonstrate your commitment and work ethic to any prospective employer.

5. Establish a relationship with a reputable recruitment agency

Build a working relationship with those who specialise in the industry you want to be in. Recruitment consultants can recognise key skills and personality traits to match you to the right industry and role; they will offer you expert advice to you on how to write your CV so it is industry specific and it sells your capabilities to potential employers.

Of course, changing your career is a huge step but whether you've just started your career or are 20 years in - you can start on the road to a more satisfying career today.

David Sadler
Head of IT Recruitment
Dave heads up Acorn's IT & Digital Division. Throughout his career he has set up various Development and Software teams from scratch and as a result works closely with the Welsh Government, educational organisations and the wider IT community to help shape the future of the IT industry.
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