Beginning Your Journey

There is plenty of advice available on our site to help you get back into work. Login in to our Jobseekers area which has a lot of resources ranging from how to create a CV to videos showing you how to make the best of an interview. It even has a tool to help you decide the best career for you.

Before you even begin to look for your ideal job there are some things you should at first consider:

1. What do you actually want?
When it comes to finding your dream job, the first step is to figure out what the ‘dream’ actually is. We know that’s much easier said than done, but don’t worry, we’ll help you to figure it out. 
To start with, you’ve got three broad options:

Staying in the same type of role, in the same industry
Looking for a similar role, but in a different sector
A complete change of role or self-employment

Even if you’re planning on staying in the same kind of job, it’s important to be able to recognise the right choice when it comes along. If you’re looking for a career overhaul, it’s even more important to think carefully about your options.

2. Find out what works for you.
We love the fact that all the customers with Standguide are so unique! People are very diverse in their interests and motivations. That’s why you need to think carefully about what makes a role right for you.

Consider your broader lifestyle:
Your ideal work-life balance
Your commitments
Your financial requirements
Your preferences

For help with deciding what you want to do please take a look at the Standguides Career Tool in our resource area

3. Your abilities.
At Standguide we believe that you can do anything you put your mind to, but you do need to give some real thought as to what you’re good at, the sort of environment you want to work in, and what you want to achieve in your career.
Think about where your strengths lie (be honest!) and what you’re looking for:

Review your skills, values and work style
Identify your interests (e.g. practical, academic, artistic, social)
Think about what you want from a role

4. Suit your lifestyle.
There are so many different options out there when it comes to your working pattern. Some of us take comfort in the routine and security of 9-5; others love the freedom and changing pace of something less fixed. But much of the time, it’s your commitments and lifestyle that determine your course.

So now you have had time to consider what kind of role you want, it’s time to go job hunting. The next few pages will provide some advice to help steer you in the right direction.