Oct 30, 2020

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Changing your job - from the idea to the execution

Nowadays, particularly in the economic crisis, we deal with a real war on the labour market. The times when employers and employees could simply access the labour market have gone, perhaps, forever. In the free market economy, companies have to win new customers everyday and search for ideal candidates for their organizations on the labour market. They are aware that human factor has a significant influence on the company success.

The demand for employment is currently much lower than the supply, that is, the number of placements on the market. Different people look for job: those who lost their job and have a professional experience, but it is hard for them to convince the employer to hire them; people who just started searching for their first job (graduates); people who simply want to change their current job for various reasons (duties, remuneration, atmosphere at work, change their place of residence, retrain etc.). We know exactly that there are many people looking for job at present. Quite often a dozen or so people apply for one position. However, in spite of such high demand relative to supply – we should think first what we want to do, where we want to work – it is not worthwhile taking up a job too rashly. The very employers expect the employee to be determined, have specific experience and justify the application for this work, not the other one? The employer is not interested in a desperate employee who as ready to accept any job. Such employee is not valuable for the employer.

A few years ago the education was still a crucial element in the curriculum vitae of a potential employee. Today we know very well that the situation has changed – the skills count, it is about what you are able to do, what you can contribute into the company in order to improve it. Hence, persons who have not worked yet are advised to do vocational training, internship or voluntary job. Performing e.g., voluntary services in the non-governmental organization, we gain many skills, learn the certain organization of work, we watch how the others work, we perform specific activities – acquire job experience, and this is very precious from the employer’s perspective. A good command of foreign languages, in particular, the knowledge of English and other foreign language is the next important element of the curriculum vitae.

When looking for a job of our dreams, we need to set the goal, in other words, define what we want to do every day, where we want to perform our job. An idea for our professional life is the key! Next, we should start active job search, but perhaps someone may ask a questions – how to do that? Here are the most popular methods of job-hunting:

·       a grapevine, a so-called network of contacts,

·       Internet,

·       career centre functioning at the university (the External Office at SGH),

·       press advertisements,

·       personnel agencies,

·       job fair,

·       phone books, business directories,

·       employment agencies.

Career planning is a lifelong process. We need to be flexible. The career planning process is a must. In order to get prepared for the rational and responsible decision making, certain knowledge and skills are needed. The best decisions are made on the basis of well selected and analysed data e.g., about the future employer, industry we want to work in etc. Thinking about the labour market and our professional future can evoke different emotions. Some people think optimistically, the other can see more threats than chances. The labour market is demanding, however, building motivation based on fear can be ineffective. The statement that it is not good, there is a crisis, there is no job for graduates should rather be a starting point to wonder what can we do in this situation, how to prepare for the effective functioning in such requiring conditions, how to strengthen our chances. Building the belief that we can affect the way our professional career proceeds is significant. Not everything depends on us, we cannot affect the macroeconomic trends and random events. But that is why we should get to know these areas which we can take responsibility for and shape them creatively. 

The fundamentals of effective job search:

·       find yourself a place of work

What are you good at? Where would you like to work? What is your dream job?

·       gather information about the company

Search as much information about the place of work as possible. Remember the name, profile, scope of activity, and get familiar with the market trends in a given industry.

·       gather details about the position you apply for

Find out what are the scope of duties, requirements and expectations concerning the position you apply for. Use this information in the letter of application.

·       register at job search portals, leave your e-mail address to receive the newsletter with job offers

Thanks to these portals you can find a good job. Perhaps, the employer will contact you first… it is worthwhile subscribing the newsletter with the latest jobs – it is really useful!

·       prepare the list of contacts (who may help you find a job?)

The basic way to search for a job is the network of contacts, it is worthwhile telling you acquaintances about the fact you are looking for a job. You should also prepare a list of people and ask them about help in finding a placement.

·       prepare your application documents carefully

Remember that the CV and letter of motivation are your first business card – a lot depends on it!

·       prepare for an interview

It is important to make a favourable impression. Remember about: appropriate dress code, punctuality, savoir vivre.

·       do the research

Check how long it would take you to the company.

·       remind employers about yourself

You can call them and ask about the result of your job interview, if the deadline the employer was supposed to get in touch with you has already passed. This will show that you care about this job.

While looking for a job, it is worthwhile analyse one’s job profile. It is necessary to consider that the traits of a good employee are:

·       diligence,

·       availability,

·       responsibility,

·       reliability,

·       honesty,

·       good work organisation,

·       accuracy,

·       loyalty,

·       punctuality,

·       being proactive,

·       creativity,

·       self-reliance,

·       teamwork skills,

·       communicativeness,

·       stress resistance,

·       desire to improve one’s skills.


I wish you good luck in finding a satisfying job!


Iwona Kuc




Jak pisać CV i list motywacyjny. Poradnik, Wydawnictwo Literat, Toruń 2009.