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If you feel let down by your current job and need a new direction, the first step is to identify where you can get expert help in your area.

Your local job centre, library, yellow pages or local council should have lists of career advice centres where you live.

Jobs are advertised in newspapers, college notice boards, agencies and increasingly on the internet.

According to the Online Recruitment and Employment Survey (ORES), online job seekers now account for 38% of all internet users.

Many companies and agencies which are on the net have e-mail alert facilities whereby you will be notified once a job appears that matches your details.

There are also some sites which deal with specialist sectors - and some which can help people who often face discrimination in the workplace.

For example, the Recruitment and Employment Federation (REC) website has a section for "mature" workers.

If you go to an agency, remember that they are sales-driven. It is important to be firm about the kind of job you want.


Total career change

It is becoming increasingly common for people in their thirties and forties to switch careers, as personal values often change.

But experts suggest anyone who is considering a career change should think very carefully before quitting their current job.

Career consultants advise:

Do some part-time voluntary work in the area you would like to work.

Is there long-term training involved? Weigh-up the costs and commitment involved and your responsibilities, such as a mortgage or children's university fees.

You must accept that it will be harder for you entering a profession at a later age, and that you will need to persevere.

Is there long-term training involved? Weigh-up the costs and commitment involved and your responsibilities, such as a mortgage or children's university fees.

You must accept that it will be harder for you entering a profession at a later age, and that you will need to persevere.

Network among your friends and colleagues.

Brushing-up on basic skills such as computing and language courses will pay dividends for your career chances, according to experts.



Job Search

Thoughts about Graduation and First Work Experience

Text 1

My job as a test engineer with a local automotive catalyst manufacturer has begun well. I have been placed among the new, state-of-the-art engine test cells used for diesel engine emissions testing. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise has been the variety of work.

My duties include changing catalysts, rigging and servicing engines, setting up test equipment and analysing data. I have started at the same time as another graduate in the engine test department, so I don't feel like the only "new guy". The managers have also ensured we don't simply learn about our job roles; they have made sure we've had introductions to other areas of the business and I'm due to work in the vehicle test department for a few days, sharing experiences with graduates who started work there a year or so before me.


Although I worked really hard at university to give myself the best chance of getting a job, I cannot help feeling fortunate I have found such a rewarding position. Indeed, only a couple of months ago, it seemed like a very distant goal.

Text 2

Having been in employment for almost three months, it is clear there are a few similarities, but also many stark differences, between working and university life. To be successful in a working environment you have to be proactive, hard-working, committed and receptive to new situations things that bear resemblance to the needs of a successful undergraduate.

Adjusting to the hours and commuting are two things university life didn't prepare me for, plus it is noticeably more difficult to have it quite so large at the weekends with old friends and recover in time for Monday morning.

Learning skills and gaining experience are vital pre- and post-graduation, but a strong CV is the most important thing come the end of university life because that is the key you need to even get an interview. In hindsight I would have started work on my CV far earlier in my university career.

My advice to current finalists would be to start looking at graduate schemes now, as many blue-chip companies have already opened their graduate application programmes.

Text 3

Having been in my job [with a land and property sales firm] for two months now, the benefits of being involved in a startup are beginning to show and I have already been promoted. This offers me greater potential earnings and a whole new array of skills to master. One of the best things about my new position is the increased security, with the introduction of a basic package and a new commission structure.

Despite the fact that I did consider a sales career, it was not at the forefront of my thinking post graduation. However, having been settled in the position for while, the signs are that it could be a good career move, and gaining valuable experience to bolster my CV can only be a good thing.

My advice to graduates would be to keep an open mind when looking for jobs as very few people actually know what they want to do. After all, it may be that those who didn't explore every avenue are now three months down the line, still searching, without that experience. In the current economic climate, you have to take advantage of any opportunity you can.

Text 4

Last week was my graduation ceremony, which was a momentous occasion and a great chance to catch up with my fellow graduates. It was interesting to learn how my friends, with similar qualifications and equivalent work experience, were finding their job hunts.

The disappointing news is that of the 10 people graduating with the same master of engineering degree, only I and one other had found full-time, permanent engineering positions.

Of the others, a few have taken up temporary work and, although these roles certainly do not do justice to the level of their qualifications, they have done well to remain in a relevant industry. One person had applied for a PhD and the remaining few were all actively looking for work.

For me, though, it was the only sad part of a fabulous day; seeing these intelligent and motivated individuals not yet having the opportunity to set out on their chosen careers something which I had seen them work so hard for at university during the previous five years.

Text 5

Having just started my new job, I feel like there's one thing I lack: confidence.

While I was at university it was easy to participate in meetings, carry out presentations and answer questions on the spot, as I knew it was all role play. However, going through the interview process and participating in meetings in my new job and carrying out other tasks, I feel university life hasn't really prepared me in terms of confidence. Things like having a professional etiquette when answering phone calls, gaining product knowledge and even grasping simple operations I'm struggling with. Maybe this is something that will come with time.

I had my graduation ceremony this week and met with many of my old classmates. I was shocked to see only two individuals of about 30 were able to find a job. Even those with a first-class degree hadn't found anything. I feel fortunate for finding this job, even if it isn't IT.


Job Ads

Task IJon Larsson is thinking of a career move. He has read the job ads in the classified section of his newspaper and has started updating his CV in preparation for the application process.

1) Read Jons biography from his personal webpage

2) Read the job ads below the text and find out: Which posts does Jon have the qualifications and experience for? Which job would be most suitable for him now? Why?


Jons Homepage Hi, Im Jon Larsson. Welcome to my personal webpage. Im a 42 year-old Marketing Manager for a major multinational software company. Im originally from Sweden, but have spent most of my life in the UK, so Im bilingual (I also speak fluent Italian and French). I am currently living in Edinburgh, the beautiful capital of Scotland. However, I feel I need a new challenge in my life, both personally and professionally, so I have decided on a change of direction. I am interested in a fresh start abroad and in a new area of business Ive been working with computers for too long! I have a great deal of experience in marketing having worked in this area for over 10 years. I planned and implemented projects which increased SoftFocuss market share by 10%. I also restructured the Sales and Marketing Dept at Starsign and improved sales figures by 20%. I have a Diploma in Marketing from Glasgow University (1987) and an MBA completed online with Aston University (1998 -2000). I graduated from Aberdeen University in 1983 after successfully completing a 4-year BA in Economics and International Relations. So, I have the experience, the qualifications, but not the job satisfaction. I feel its time I put my skills and knowledge to better use for myself and for others. Ive been very lucky in my career and I am financially secure, so a big salary in my next job is not the most important factor for me. The opportunity to travel and to experience something new and exciting is more attractive. I am not in a hurry to start a new job, Id rather take my time to make the right decision. Its time to update my CV and scan the job ads in the newspapers and on the internet!

Online Project Manager Location: London Salary: Very attractive salary + benefits   E-Market, a major online trading community, is looking for an Online Project Manager. As part of an online marketing team, you will be responsible for acquiring new e-Market users. You will lead a team involved in planning and negotiating online deals. You will have a minimum of five years' experience in online planning at a media company. If you feel you have the right experience for this role, please send your CV. Global Aid We are looking for a hard-working individual with a project development background to join our small but expanding team in an exciting and important environmental and conservation project. You will be required to spend up to 6 months in your first year abroad, perhaps relocating to our project base in Kenya.   Financial rewards: limited! Job satisfaction: unlimited! Curriculum Vitae to: Personnel, GlobalAid
Want to make a difference? Feel undervalued and fed up with your corporate life? If you have the skills and experience but not the opportunity to use them in a positive way, Action Africa can offer you the opportunity to discover a more satisfying and rewarding working life.   We need people with experience of managing finances and a strong track record in project development to support a new aid project in Africa. The post is based at our head office in London. Immediate start. E-mail/fax your CV now. Marketing Director Location: Hong Kong Salary: $45000-$55000 pa + benefits   Netway, a highly successful Internet Company is looking for a Marketing Director to start ASAP. As part of an online marketing team you will be responsible for strategy and online brand development Ideally, you will have at least four years' experience in planning and buying and 5 years' experience negotiating deals and managing accounts for business development. E-mail your resume to: recruitment@HK.org

Internet Job Ads Samples

Task 2Read and translate the following Job Ads

Graduate IT Recruitment Consultant Employer: GRADUATE RECRUITMENT BUREAU Posted: 17 Jun 2010 Reference: OG32534t Location: London Industry: Graduate Sales Recruitment Sales Financial Sales - IT & telecoms Qualifs: Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) Contract: Permanent Hours: Full Time Salary: Basic £20k, OTE £30k + A specialist Financial Markets IT Recruitment Firm with clients across Hedge funds to Investment Banks. Key focus is on recruiting mid to senior level technical executives in permanent and contract positions. They were set up in 2002 and the partners have at least ten years experience. Due to an increasing workload the company are looking for looking for two Support Consultants. You will be working under the guidance of experienced Recrutiment Consultants, helping to recruit for a number of their blue-chip clients across a number of technical disciplines. This is very much an entry-level role with a training programme that will last between 12-18 months depending on the progression of the individual. Internal mentoring and external training courses will cover recruitment and sales techniques, financial markets products and technology. Unlike in other recruitment firms in the IT into Banking sector, you will not be expected to earn revenue for the company in your first three months, as the company believes that the best recruiters are those that fully understand their sector. You will also enjoy the following: - Mature, intelligent working environment - Early responsibility in a growing company - Networking with highly successful technical experts at the high end of the market - Opportuity to work on behalf of leading financial organisations - Uncapped earning potential. The basic salary is £20k. Requirements: - An intelligent, mature and quick thinking nature - The ability to absorb information quickly - Extremely strong presentaion and communication skills - Twelve months commercial experience, either as a placement, gap year or post graduation - Strong academic record from a top tier university - Other non-academic success (sports, travel, fundraising etc) will be highly sought after.


Graduate Recruitment Bureau(GRB) is a specialist graduate recruitment consultancy. We provide a free service to graduates looking for their first career move. Our team of recruitment consultants place graduates into all sectors across the UK.

Employer: MEET THE REAL ME LTD Posted: 29 Jan 2010 Reference: BM-ES-290110 Contact: Mr Brian Michael Location: Greater London - North London Industry: Sales Financial Sales Media Sales - Digital & new media Sales - Recruitment Qualifs: Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) Contract: Permanent Hours: Full Time Salary: £25k-£30k plus commision (£40k first year)   Experienced bilingual business developers are needed to join a rapidly expanding International company based in London. Were looking for candidates with English plus one of the following languages: German, Cantonese, French or Spanish as their first language looking for an exciting new sales role. My client is looking to recruit experienced sales executives with a strong track record in delivering telephone sales that beat target. The right candidate will be able to maximise sales by effective prospecting and rapid conversion of leads to opportunities. She/he will also be capable of personally upselling major clients in face-to-face meetings and developing higher-value revenue opportunities in co-operation with senior management. She/he should be a confident communicator wanting to grow with the role. Key skills: Establishing, developing and maintaining new and existing client relationships and strategies that increase sales revenues. Exhibit well-developed selling, negotiating and closing skills Communicates effectively with clients to achieve desired outcomes. Coordinate sales related trips and activities to meet goals. Develops a rapport with others. Engenders trust among clients. Listens effectively to clearly hear and understand what others are communicating. Prioritises and organizes work to achieve work outcomes Exercises good judgment in communicating information. Clear, articulate, tactful, professional and persuasive speaking manner for telephone and personal contact. Possesses excellent writing skills for written communications with clients.   Call Brian Michael at Meet The Real Me now or send your CV to brian@meettherealme.com


Meet The Real Me is an innovative agency specialising in recruiting sales, account management, marketing execs and support staff for the media industry. Call 020 7598 8150 to discuss all apportunities.

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