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How Beyoncé Can Help You Kickstart Your Summer Job Search

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Winter has come and gone, and summer is finally upon us. With September typically being the busiest month in recruitment and an onslaught of new roles opening up for applications before autumn, many restless workers start thinking about initiating the job hunt over the summer months.  It’s a daunting prospect to say the least, for many. Leaving a familiar workplace and steady salary for the unknown is never a sure bet. Luckily, our good friend Beyoncé is on hand to provide five sure-fire tips to ensure you get your job search off to the best possible start (and be in a good mood while you do so!).

 

What’s It Gonna Be (DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE, 2003)

 

The first question you should ask yourself is exactly what it is you’re looking for by searching for a new job. Is it a change in routine? A desire to try something new? A career change, perhaps? Whatever your reasons, make sure you know exactly what it is you’re looking to gain from the change, as this could well be a question you’re asked in an interview. It’s also important you’re aware of what you want so that you can streamline your applications and ask appropriate questions of your prospective employers to ensure that your move is as smooth and constructive as possible for your career.

 

Hard to Say Goodbye (DREAMGIRLS, 2008)

 

Most people’s first instinct is to immediately start looking for roles outside their current place of work. However, it is often worth considering that there may be opportunities worth exploring internally. If you enjoy working for your company but are looking for more out of your time there, perhaps consider asking around to see if there are any positions opening up in your office, or even other sites, if it’s a large organisation. You’ll find the transition much smoother while still undergoing significant changes in your day-to-day work life. As Queen B sings, it’s “hard to open up that door. You're not sure what you're going for…when you leave your current employer.” (Okay, maybe not that last bit).

 

Upgrade U feat. Jay-Z (B’DAY, 2006)

 

You’ve pinpointed what you want from your next job and that you want to move away from your current company – well done! The next step is to get back to basics and update your CV to suit the new roles you’re applying to. If you’ve been in the same job for a few years, it’s easy to fall out of the habit of doing this, so it might be worth brushing up on some of our top CV mistakes to avoid before you get started. It’s a great idea to revisit and brush up your LinkedIn profile too, particularly if you are applying to roles via the site. It’s easy to forget how important first impressions can be, no matter how experienced you are. So, remember to “Audemars Piguet” your CV and don’t bypass this step!

 

Scared of Lonely (I AM…SASHA FIERCE, 2008)

 

Job searching can be an unnerving experience when you’re doing it on your own. Never fear! You can meet with a consultant to help you through the process. At Sigmar, our consultants are experts in their field and will be ready to help you through the entire process, from application to offer. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you, like Bey, are scared of being “the only shadow [you] see along the wall.”

 

Best Thing I Never Had (4, 2011)

 

Sometimes, blessings come in the form of disappointments. If you’re not successful in a job application, don’t be downhearted. The right job will come at the right time, even if it may not feel like it right now. The important thing is not to lose sight of your goals and keep your spirits high. Blast Beyoncé on repeat and never give up!

So, these are some ways you can channel the Queen of R&B’s unrelenting energy and determination into your job hunt this summer. Bey herself once said “I am a human being…I don’t have control over every situation” – as mere mortals, how can we possibly expect to either? All you can do is follow the steps listed above, stay organised and motivated and don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Make sure you enjoy the Summertime (feat. P-Diddy) and you’ll be Jumpin Jumpin for joy before you know it.

 

Posted by Susannah Hunt on 15 May 2019

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Sigmar Announces “COVID Ready” Learning Partnership with Alison to Upskill Newly Unemployed

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