How to Upgrade to a Better Job and Career

Applying for jobs at random can be tough enough, but applying for a better job within your own company comes with its own share of unique problems. While it might seem easier to apply and interview for an internal job you still have to treat the process seriously. Here’s how to deal with a few of the most common problems.

As McKeown writes: As you evaluate an option, think about the single most important criterion for that decision, and then simply give the option a score between 0 and 100. If you rate it any lower than 90 percent, then automatically change the rating to 0 and simply reject it. This way you avoid getting caught up in indecision, or worse, getting stuck with the 60s or 70s.

Consider the career field. Whether you are transitioning from another field or are looking to make a lateral move, it is important to find work that is both challenging and rewarding for you. Knowing what you don’t want to do is just as important and knowing what you do want to do.

Culture fit is the glue that holds an organization together. That’s why it’s a key trait to look for when recruiting. The result of poor culture fit due to turnover can cost an organization between 50-60% of the person’s annual salary. Cultural fit is the likelihood that someone will reflect and/or be able to adapt to the core beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that make up your organization.

Before you think seriously about applying for the new role, consider first what it is about the position that tempts you. It’s one thing if you’re qualified; it’s another if you’re just bored and want to try something new. Holly Bunn, a resume writer, career coach and motivational speaker, suggests first determining if you are qualified and meet the minimum requirements before making any moves.

Change can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. Personality assessments and new position auditions are two newer hiring methods that can benefit the candidate in many ways. In our next installment, we discuss how to break into an industry where there are no available job positions.

Candidates aren’t entitled to get the job. Avoiding mistakes and making the right moves will make you competitive with other internal and external candidates alike. Make a career plan, gain experience, sharpen your skills and be prepared to take the next step toward your career goals.

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