May 10 2018
Michael Gilmore

When going for a new job, it is important to look into how long that job has been on the market without people filling it. A job that has been left unfilled for a long number of days, weeks or even months could provide insight into why the job has not been filled. Whether it is because the job is too demanding, tedious or low paying, there certainly is a reason. You must figure out if you want the job, first, then put some actions into place so that you can obtain it.

Doing as much research about the position as possible is crucial to figuring out if it is the right fit for you. Whether you are someone that likes high stakes positions where you get paid high to deal with a number of tasks or you are someone that like enough to get by in a low stress position, you need to know if the job is for you. If you like to be engaged in what you are doing, a tedious warehouse position might not be for you. Whether using online recruitment agencies or the job centre you will need to build up a good rapport with whoever is acting for the employer and find out exactly why they are finding it difficult to find the perfect applicant, you need to know all the facts. Then you can seriously consider the practicalities of the position in terms of your lifestyle and requirement. If the job seems right for you, you should then get ready for the job interview.

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Going into a job interview is almost always a stressful situation. Make sure to dress nice and try to read the interviewer’s vibe at the beginning of the interview so you can adjust your attitude accordingly. If this is a high-pressure sales job then showing your tenacity and verve would be good. If it’s a caring role you would need to show your calm assertiveness and patience. You should prepare good examples to talk about in terms of your work experience to compliment this requirement. If there is a particular reason the position has not been filled such as hours of work or location then you should be open and honest about the demands you see within the role and talk about how it would affect your life honestly but if it is something you can cope with then have evidence for this. It could be as simple as ‘yes, I have worked long hours or over-night shifts before and although I have a family I spend time with them at the weekend and I have always found it easy to swop sleeping patterns.’

Going into your first week, be prepared for anything. If you found out the clients have particular personal likes and dislikes then try and fit into whatever this criteria is. In a situation where it could be personal care then obviously you would need to get on with the person you are caring for, if can do this, then it will be smooth sailing from here on out. If you struggle through the first week, do not get discouraged as many feel like they are failing at the beginning of a job opportunity. Just keep open to learning their way of doing things and make sure you are doing what is asked of you and you should be find things will improve quickly.

When you are taking on a job with a challenging history, work pattern, high pressure, location or just lower pay you know you may have some difficult situations ahead but gaining as much support from friends, new colleagues and even the online recruitment agency or job centre who you applied with will make the transition easier. Staying positive about the job role and trying to maybe make improvements from within the role can also help you feel better about taking on a difficult job.