Guardian Jobs; how to leverage trade news and professional networks to bag a promotion

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George Osborne’s Budget has been revealed and with it a vision aimed at boosting British businesses. The premise, according to Osborne, is about support to business growth, large and small; to help with ‘modern infrastructure’.

Whether this Budget speech is something for Britons to have faith in or not, the preoccupation with promoting business, business, business would suggest that inside the work place, various roles should be up for promotion too.
Guardian Jobs demonstrates opportunities for promotion into managerial positions, new jobs and roles creation. Recently organisations and companies from Facebook, to Tesco, MacDonalds, MI6 and the EU have advertised roles, or talked job creation in the thousands. It stands to reason that if individuals are being hired that organisations are expanding which; means that managerial opportunities open up. Even in sectors that are still subject to cuts the skill and requirement for good leadership is greatly in demand.
For both new roles and management opportunities crucial to impressing hiring managers and recruiters is a candidate’s ability to show sector or company insight. One of the advantages of online is that trade information has become much more accessible. Social Media spaces such as Tumblr, Twitter and news curating sites like CurateMe mean that working people everywhere can access industry relevant news very easily. A key place that recruiters will evaluate sector knowledge from is discussions boards, blogs and forums. So for those that are breaking into a new industry, or that are hoping to diversify or take promotion, commenting on trade news is a good way to demonstrate knowledge and that the individual cares about outcomes/shares the same values as the ‘hiring’ organisation or company.
As well as trade news many professional networks exist where potential managers will get wind of expansion plans or moves within target companies and organisations. It’s much easier to bag a job that never gets advertised that to compete with ‘in some cases’ hundreds of others for a role. Prospective managers should also leverage their professional networks to gain access to white papers, case studies, policy reports and anything that would give them the edge in an interview. This is particularly important for those prospective managers that lack actual experience, and again shows that they are able to leverage other people’s or organisations learnings.
If candidates lack skills or experience in certain areas, Guardain Jobs advises that they look to hobbies and interests to evidence this. For example organising a local run to raise money for a charity or a cause, or baking cakes for the school fair show tenacity, community involvement, organisational skills, budgeting skills, persuasion and influencing skills, and ability to collaborate, all of which make candidates more employable.

For more ideas, jobs and advice, visit http://jobs.guardian.co.uk

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Sophie Relf