Once you have a better idea of who you are, you can look for job opportunities that match your strengths, development areas, values, and ambitions.

Start with a general assessment of the landscape and the available job opportunities in your field. Your recruitment consultant can help with this.

Are there new job opportunities opening up in your industry that might allow you to do more of the work you enjoy most? Have you discovered a new skill during your time in this sector that might make you suitable for a new role?

If you're not sure which direction you want to head in, you can consider exploring new opportunities in your space by:

  • Networking: Discussing career opportunities with peers in the same space will help you learn more about the positions that appeal to your values and interests.
  • Internships or volunteering: Getting involved with an internship or volunteer position, even part-time, helps you develop necessary experience while learning more about what you want from your ideal role.
  • Job shadowing: Job shadowing allows you to gain experience in a specific field and ask questions.

Remember, your vision of the ideal role when you first finished college or university might not be the same as what you want to apply for now. As you gain additional experience and learn more about the industry, you may find your ambitions change.

Once you have an idea of the kind of roles you might want to apply for, performing a SWOT analysis will help you determine what steps you might need to take to prepare yourself for the next stage in your career development.

Using a job description from one of the roles you might want to apply for in the future, assess your:

  • Strengths: What skills, experience, and talents do you already have that make you ideal for the role you want to apply for? Where do you feel the most confident?
  • Development areas: Where are you lacking in specific abilities relevant to your desired role? How can you develop your knowledge in these areas and boost proficiency?
  • Opportunities: What opportunities already exist to take you closer to your ideal role? Can you work with mentors in your current job or train in your existing role?
  • Threats: What might make it difficult for you to end up in the right position, and how can you overcome those challenges? For instance, if you need to get another certification to get the right role, can you learn part-time rather than give up your current job?

Can we help?

Here at Lucy Walker Recruitment we have been helping firms with their talent acquisition, and job seekers find their ideal roles for over 30 years. We have placed thousands of candidates and filled thousands of roles for our clients; if you want to find out how we can help you call us on 0113 367 2880 or email us here.


About the Author: Mark Woffenden

Mark Woffenden is a Director at Lucy Walker Recruitment and has an extensive knowledge of the issues and workings of the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Commercial markets developed over the last 20 years in the Industry