Right now is the optimal time to make your career move. Why you may ask? Australia’s unemployment rate is currently at the lowest point in more than 13 years. There is no better time to capitalise on the current market conditions. That said, it is vital to stay realistic and not be too pushy with negotiations. Do your research so you can put your best foot forward and trust your recruiter!
Having a different background from the usual applicant can be a “breath of fresh air” to any organisation. Many skills such as critical thinking, communication, and time management are transferable across industries. There is always the opportunity to be trained on specific applications or technical stuff later. You can bring new energy to the company and sell yourself on the point that a diverse workforce can attract a more varied client base = beneficial for both parties.
Know your worth
Firstly, clearly define your values and what is important to you in a work sense. Is your number one priority acquiring the highest salary possible, or is company culture more important to you? Once you have figured this out, do your research on your ideal role and compare your options across the market. Brush up on your negotiation skills or partner with a recruiter, so you don’t have to do the dirty work. You want to be well-informed when you start to negotiate – start at the top of the range, and remind the prospective employer of your experience and what makes you valuable. But just be mindful not to overstep the mark and come across as arrogant.
Put your best foot forward
You want to position yourself as the “perfect candidate.” Update your CV and emphasise any significant accomplishments, projects worked on, and how you have added value in your previous roles. Upon getting an interview, make sure you research the company and go over some potential questions they may ask. Do not forget to double check your social media. In most cases, your potential employer will Google you. For starters, you shouldn’t be posting inappropriate content online; however, making your settings private isn’t such a bad idea.