Top tips for creating your perfect job
These top tips are taken from ‘More To Life Than Shoes: How to Kick-start Your Career and Change Your Life ’ by Nadia Finer and Emily Nash.
Ella Heeks became MD of organic veg box company Abel and Cole in her twenties, but the company didn’t even know they needed her until she came along and told them so. She shares her top tips for creating your perfect job and making sure you get it.
1. Build Your Hit List
‘Do your research. Identify the kind of company you want to work for, then make a list of who’s out there and target them. This is about so much more than scanning the jobs pages over a cuppa – it’s targeted, specific research. You should end up with a hit list of dream employers. Now you can go to them instead of waiting for them to come to you.’
2. Work Your Assets
Before you rush in, work out what skills you’ll need to be useful to them, and then make sure you can put them on your CV. Make yourself irresistible – think about what would catch an employer’s eye, making it impossible for them to turn you down. If you don’t have these things, get on it – take a course, land an internship or find some work experience. Don’t blow your chances by rushing in … only fools do that. This is the rest of your life we’re talking about here.’
3. Create Your Job
‘Don’t wait for a job to be advertised. Your ideal role might not even exist yet, so you may need to make it up. There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘I’d love to work for you but realize you might not have any jobs. Could I talk to you anyway?’’
4. Big Yourself Up
Build your confidence before you make the call. Think about all the reasons why these people would be really lucky to have you there. Good salesmanship is about listening to the person you’re talking to, finding out what they need and then explaining how you could meet that need.’
5. Give Yourself Away
'Suggest a trial period to show what you can do. You could even offer to demonstrate your abilities for free for a while, if you can afford to. Don’t be sniffy about working for free – it could get you a foot in the door to your perfect job, which will pay off later.’
Get more top tips on everything from protecting your invention to getting organised in ‘More To Life Than Shoes: How to Kick-start Your Career and Change Your Life.