Tag: Career development

  1. 5 signs you are ready for a career change

    Two way road sign against brick wallThere comes a point in everyone’s career when they may wonder whether it’s time for a change. This isn’t a feeling that develops overnight. It could have been bugging you for several weeks or even months.

    Importantly, it’s not something that you should ignore. This could have a detrimental impact on your career record and might mean missing out on opportunities to progress.

    So, rather than fester, monitor how you are feeling about your work life and take appropriate steps to keep your career on track.

    Here’s a few warning signs that you are ready for a career change:

    You clock watch

    If all the passion you once had for your job seems to have vanished and you can’t wait to clock off each day, then something is up. It’s understandable to look forward to the weekend and a well deserved rest. But when you are counting down the minutes to your lunch break and the end of each and every day, then this job might not be for you.

    You’re not challenged

    Feeling challenged in your job can be a great motivator. However, when you have nothing to strive for this can leave you feeling deflated and damage your productivity. If you thrive under pressure and deadlines, but find your workload has no purpose then it’s time to consider a change of direction.

    You have no work-life balance

    Some jobs require a high level of commitment. But if it is eating into your home and social life then it is not sustainable and could even affect your health. If you have raised this issue with your manager but there’s no solution to be found, then it’s time to move on.

    You’re chasing a non-existent promotion

    If you have climbed as high as you can within your current organisation and there’s either no logical next step or a will to help you progress, then now is the time to start looking for a new role.

    You don’t feel appreciated

    If you are a self-starter who is adding value to your business but feel you are not getting anything in return – whether that’s financially, through training or progression – then a career change could be in order.

    If any of these signs sounds familiar, then you know what to do next.

    Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years’ experience helping candidates find the perfect job. Take a look at our services for candidates or read more of our blog posts for anyone looking to progress their career

    Alternatively, you can speak to our teams in London and Southampton by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz.

  2. How to show you have potential for promotion

    Man wearing suit runs up the stairsIf you have been working hard at the same job for what feels like an age it can be disheartening to see others around you winning promotions. What sets them apart? If you’re wondering how to show you have potential for that next step up the career ladder, then here’s some tips.

    Work smart

    The next step to manager or leader within your business isn’t about working harder, taking on more tasks or doing longer hours. It’s about working smarter.

    When you’ve been in a role for a while you may see ways to streamline core processes that will save you and your organisation time and, ultimately, money.

    Suggesting these smarter working practices will identify you as someone with potential to progress within the business.

    Set yourself personal development goals

    Demonstrate to your line manger that you want to develop your skills for the benefit of the organisation. This may be by attending training, a conference or asking for a career mentor.

    Making it known that you want to develop yourself will show you have potential to benefit the organisation with a broader set of skills.

    Connect with decision makers

    While speaking to your line manager about your potential is a good first step, they may not have the power to make promotion decisions.

    Broaden your reach within your organisation by making connections with other influential people. Have a chat with them over coffee or send them suggestions for the business.

    Make a case for yourself

    The ultimate way to show you have potential within your organisation is to make a business case. How would realising your potential benefit your team and the wider business?

    This will involve showcasing how your ideas could have a positive effect on how business is done and could create efficiencies or profit.

    Help taking the next step

    If you are someone looking to progress your career in the affordable housing sector then take a look at our services for candidates. Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years experience helping candidates find the perfect job.

    Read more of our blog posts for job candidates.

    To find out more about our recruitment consultancy services in London and Southampton get in contact: call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.

  3. How to build a strong personal brand

    Looking at social media on laptopWhen you are thinking of taking your career to the next level it’s essential to have a strong personal brand.

    Your personal brand is what you want people to think about you; whether they meet you for the first time at a networking event or stumble across your social media profiles online. How you brand yourself needs to be consistent and authentic.

    In a digital world this is more important than ever as employers use the internet to search for new staff and research potential candidates. You want them to get the best impression and a sense of who you are.

    If you are considering applying for a new job or have been turned down for a job and are unsure why, then it’s time to conduct a personal brand audit. Here’s how:

    Audit your social media profiles

    Most people now have at least one social media profile, maybe several. While you may not use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for work, you still need to be conscious of what you are posting there.

    Even if you set your social media profiles to private it can still be possible for some information to be seen, particularly your profile picture.

    Review what details are publicly available, adjust your privacy settings and make sure your profile picture is consistent with the personal brand you want to promote.

    Next, consider what you are posting on your social media. What impression would it give a potential employer? Even if your profile is private, it’s best to self-moderate the things you share.

    Optimise your LinkedIn profile

    LinkedIn is one of the most useful online tools you have as a job candidate. If you don’t already have a profile then now is the time to set one up.

    Spend some time making sure you perfect your LinkedIn profile. You need to include:

    • A professional profile picture.
    • A compelling headline about you – this should say what you actually do and specialise in; not just your job title. Share your industry and your skills.
    • Fill out the personal profile and skills sections. Don’t be shy, include everything people need to know about you. The more you write, the easier it will be for employers to find you when they search LinkedIn for people with particular talents.

    When you have created a strong personal brand on LinkedIn:

    • Connect with people you know.
    • Ask your contacts for endorsements.
    • Post to your timeline about the projects you are working on, news within your industry, and resources that you think would be useful to others. And engage with other people’s posts.
    • Find and join LinkedIn groups related to your industry and career interests. This may be where you connect with your next employer.

    Promote your expertise on a blog

    Blogging makes it possible for everyone to share their expertise online. Think about the skills and bank of advice you have built up during studies or in your career that others will find useful. Create a blog to share this and build a strong personal brand.

    If the thought of setting up your own website sounds complicated, don’t worry. LinkedIn allows you to post articles from your profile and Medium is an easy and free to use blogging platform.

    Finding a new job

    If you interested in building your personal brand because you are looking for new opportunities, then take a look at our services for candidates. Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years experience helping candidates find the perfect job in the affordable housing sector.

    You might also find our blog posts on CV writing, interview skills and finding the perfect job helpful.

    To find out more about our recruitment consultancy services in London and Southampton get in contact: call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.

  4. Is your career going in the right direction?

    If getting up for work is a chore each morning, then there’s a good chance something has shifted since that first rush of excitement when you secured your job.

    The role may not be what you expected. Or maybe you’ve achieved everything you set out to do and are now just treading water. Either way, you need to relaunch your career in the right direction.

    Here’s how to put your career back on course: 

    Reflect on your skills

    Define your unique skills as an employee. These may be deeply embedded in your career history or newly acquired as part of training in your current role. New skills may spark a fresh outlook on your career and the direction it is headed.

    The key thing to consider is: are your skills being used to their full potential? Would you like to use them more? These are things to discuss with your employer to see if there’s scope to harness your capabilities within their business.

    Be guided by your career history

    Think back over your previous jobs. What was it about each of those roles that gave you the biggest buzz? Find the pattern and carve out a career that brings all of these elements together. This is the secret to finding job satisfaction.

    Ask a friend

    If reflecting on your unique skills and previous roles leads you to a dead-end, get an outside view. Talking through your career aspirations with a friend or trusted colleague may make things clearer.

    Feedback from one-to-ones and appraisals with your boss could also bring your goals into sharper focus.

    Embrace new challenges

    Putting yourself forward for new opportunities at work could take your career in a whole new and exciting direction. Taking a course, mentoring a junior member of the team or taking on a special project has the potential to inject new life into your career.

    Undertaking training or gaining experience in a different role would allow you to try out a possible new career direction. It could also give you valuable supporting evidence if you decided to apply for that type of role.

    Similarly, new challenges in your free time may give you the work-life balance you desire. Try a new hobby, plan a special holiday or take on a voluntary role.

    Map out your future

    Make a list of your aims and aspirations for the next year, five years and 10 years. These don’t have to be limited to your career. Add personal goals into the plan too. Finding happiness at work and in your home life are intrinsically linked.

    Working through these steps will help you reflect on your career direction and navigate towards achieving your personal and professional aspirations.

    If changing jobs is on the cards, then we can help you take the next steps. Find out more about how we can help you find your ideal job. Register for job alerts and offers or contact us at Ocean Edge by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz

  5. Are you stuck in your comfort zone?

    Having a routine can be great, but if you are stuck in a rut and afraid to step outside your comfort zone you could be limiting your life choices – both professionally and personally.

    Our comfort zone is where we feel safe and at ease, and for many people it means the same daily routine of waking up, going to work and returning home. Sound familiar? If you rely on a routine like this and feel settled in your comfort zone ask yourself where is it taking you? Is this routine going to challenge you to reach new boundaries, achieve new goals and feel great about yourself? The answer is most likely no!

    going into the trees

    Go into the unknown!

    Step outside your comfort zone and you can develop the confidence to do whatever you want – from launching a new career, learning a new skill, meeting new people or taking up a new sport. The possibilities are endless.

    The first step is to learn to break away from your comfort zone, even just for a few hours a week. Start by being aware of what is outside your comfort zone and slowly add in something different. Whether it’s plucking up the courage to chat to more people in the pub, enrolling at night school or joining a gym, just take it one step at a time and slowly your confidence will grow.

    It sounds easy, right? Stepping out your comfort zone is easier said than done and there are lots of reasons why people are scared of changing their familiar routines:


    • “I’m scared of failure” – if you have tried something new and it didn’t quite go to plan it can put you off ever wanting to try again. The trick is not to try and reach too far too soon. Take small, realistic steps to achieve your end goal and eventually you will get the result you want. No one ever prepared for a marathon by running 26 miles on the first training session. Build up slowly, step out of your comfort zone little by little and remember that no one has ever become a master at something without having to overcome a few failures along the way. It’s having the confidence to carry on and overcome your setbacks that will set you on the right path for future success.
    • “I don’t have enough time” – it’s so easy to talk yourself out of trying something new and stepping out of your comfort zone by blaming a lack of time. If you genuinely want to make changes in your life and develop the self-confidence that will come when you step out of your comfort zone you must make time. Try incorporating your new challenge into your daily life, so if you want to get fit why not walk to work (or get off the bus a couple of steps early). If you don’t have time to study for a new skill in the evening try fitting it into your lunch break. The more confident you get, the more likely you are to find time to step out of your comfort zone.
    • ‘I’m happy the way I am’ – if you are happy in your career and life, in general, that’s fantastic but it’s still worth stepping out of your comfort zone to give something a go. It will develop your self-confidence and help you to feel even better about yourself and who knows where it could take you? You could end up earning more money, meeting new people (even the partner of your dreams), losing weight and getting fit, learning a new language or travelling the world! The most successful people didn’t get to where they are now without taking on challenges and pushing themselves to try something new or go that bit further. From Olympic athletes to famous artists, success doesn’t come from sitting back in your comfort zone. A little healthy stress can help you grow and develop within your work and home life. It’s all about pushing your limits and discovering new things.

    Try stepping out of your comfort zone and see where it takes you.