Finding a job is hard work. This is particularly true when entering an industry that you may not have worked in before.
At getintonuclear.com, we have worked with hundreds of candidates and nuclear employers over the last four or so years. We have used this experience to create an online course that will guide you by creating a CV perfect for the nuclear industry. In addition to this, we can help you create a supporting job seeking a strategy for you to follow over the next couple of months as you embark on finding a job.
Note: the six steps apply to any industry at all.
Step 1: Know Who You Are
This step is all about you. You must understand who you are in your back story, skills, and qualifications. It would help if you considered your strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats. The better understanding of this you have the more successful your job seeking endeavours will be.
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Grab something to take notes on (and a glass of wine if it helps) and take some time to consider the below:
Your culture and experiences
Hobbies and interests
Your qualifications and training
Skills an employer would be interested in
You are building on the above list, adding everything and anything. Do you have a 30m swimming badge from when you were 9? List it here.
Assess your Strengths
Assess your Weaknesses
Consider your Opportunities
Consider your Threats
Step 2: Know What You Want
Now that you have a good understanding of yourself, you can now consider why you are looking for a career move. It is essential to consider what you want from a new job. You can then clearly define what you are seeking and be confident in ad-hoc conversations that may provide the chance to discuss career opportunities.
Ensure that you have clear in your mind why you are looking for a new challenge and be happy that it is the right time to make a change. Although trivial, if you believe that this is the right thing, it will come across strongly in your whole recruitment endeavour. The language you use and the way that you present yourself will be much more positive.
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You are now clear on why you need a career change and that it is the right time. It is now is an excellent opportunity to consider what you want from your new career. Start with the end in mind and consider what you are looking for - or wish to avoid in work this time around.
Please make a list of jobs you might be interested in, and narrow it down to three. Then, do your research: Find out what people in those jobs do daily, tap your network to see if anyone has insights about the positions. Then identify skills you might need, and research training options if necessary.
If you’re having trouble figuring out what you might be good at, take an assessment test such as Strength Finders or the Strong Interest Inventory/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Career Report.
These may look like three simple activities. But you can spend quite a bit of time here and what you learn about yourself will pay dividends as you continue on your journey. Assessments such as Myers/Briggs help to understand yourself and appreciate others around you.
Now let's kick on and start to make your aspirations a reality. Treat it as a project, put together a timeline and find ways to dedicate your time and energy to the process.
Make out a want list — write down everything that you would like to see a change in your life due to a change in your career.
After you have completed your want list, number the items in their order of importance.
Make item #1 your new primary goal; use the balance of the list for further reference later in time.
Inscribe your current goal on a commitment card, print it out, and carry it with you in your wallet. The wallpaper of our smartphone is also a good option here.
Step 3: Know The Business
We, of course here, are talking about the Nuclear Industry. But as mentioned above, any industry, sector, business, or skillset can apply this learning. But, do not underestimate how important this step is. It will allow you to converse in the particular industry's language and have meaningful, exciting things to say about the key topics.
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For the nuclear industry, we recommend starting our UK Nuclear Industry overview page, which has all of the critical links for you to learn about the industry. We would also recommend subscribing to our mailing list and following our Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn pages to share most of the news stories of the day for the nuclear industry.
Step 4: Know The Skills
The best way that we have found to explore the skills needed in a particular field is by jumping onto job search sites. This exercise intends to allow you the time to fully understand the roles available to you in your chosen job function within the nuclear industry. The job specifications themselves are THE best way to deep dive into the specifics of any one role.
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Head over to jobs.getintonuclear.com and spend some time searching for live roles in the UK Nuclear Industry making notes of the qualifications, skills, knowledge, and experience needed for your targetted functions.
Additionally, familiarise yourself with the vetting requirements of the nuclear industry.
It is now time to put your efforts to use and start creating your CV that will be your first foot in the door to the nuclear industry.
Step 5: Know The People
Now that we have put effort into defining who you are and what you want; learned about the nuclear industry, the roles, and created your CV; we need to formulate a plan to put you front and centre when that perfect role lands.
The key idea is that getting a job is about convincing someone you have something valuable to offer. So it would be best if you focused on doing whatever employers will find most convincing. That means instead of sending out lots of CVs, concentrate on getting recommendations validating that you can do the work.
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Put yourself in the frame of mind that you are now actively seeking work in the nuclear industry. During this step, there will be a need for massive action. And continued action. Some of this may initially be out of your comfort zone.
We recommend that you push yourself out of your comfort zone but don't do anything you do not feel comfortable. As an example, you may be fine having social media interactions with influencers in your field. You may be okay with posting a video on LinkedIn, but you may not feel comfortable creating a podcast in your expertise field. This is fine. Just be you.
You may find our previous post on creating job opportunities useful here.
Step 6: Be Known
Okay, so you are finally here. Step 6 is where it is time to put a plan in place and then execute - Ready, Fire, Aim.
At this stage in the plan, we appreciate that we need to "Be Known". We need to identify who needs to know us and like us to refer us for our dream role. The method you need to employ to make this happen from the Ultimate Sales Machine book is the "Dream 100 Effort".
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To identify your Dream 100, you start by creating four separate lists, each with 25 dream members:
Social Media Personalities
Business Owners/List Owners
Choose people who serve your ideal employers, but don’t compete with you or what you offer. Make getting to know these influencers part of your daily routine. You do this by reading and commenting on their blog; liking photos of a finished project they posted on LinkedIn; adding an interesting comment to the day's topic on Twitter and referencing them in your content.
Commitment to Yourself
The above is hard work and requires massive action but the rewards on the other said in our experience have been well worth it. Just completing an application form and submitting your generic CV is not going to cut it right now. There are often 250+ applications for a single role, so you need to find a way of standing out.
We genuinely wish you the best of luck in your endeavour to find work in the nuclear industry. We are all workers in the industry and would love for you to get the same job satisfaction that we get daily. If nuclear doesn't work out, please tweak the above and apply it to other industries.
Get Into Nuclear As always thanks for reading and supporting us in our aim of providing the answer to the question "so how can I get into nuclear?" to as many people as possible. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can Get Into Nuclear click on the most relevant link to you below: - Find out more about the nuclear industry in general - Dive right in, set up a profile and start applying for jobs - Learn more about where to find jobs in the UK nuclear industry Alternatively, if you are a nuclear business or nuclear employer check out our range of nuclear client services that we offer.