Just say it as it is: Step out of your comfort job to land your dream job in 2022
It’s the time of year when we set goals.
Last year I signed up for my first mini-triathlon and can honestly say it was one of the greatest moments of my life when I crossed the finish line.
I am not a natural athlete (old men cycle past me), but that medal hangs proudly on my mirror to remind me that it’s good to set yourself challenges.
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Completing a triathlon is one thing, but facing a challenge like moving to a new country and trying to establish yourself in a new career is a situation all of my clients face.
For some, it’s a simple transition into a new job, but for others, they may need to reinvent themselves. All of them need support to figure out how to communicate what they have to offer and guidance to take those next steps.
I arrived 14 years ago with huge expectations for my career progression, but as somebody who did not understand the ‘unwritten’ rules of job searching in Denmark, I floundered.
Today I can tell my clients – who come to me sometimes after years of applying – that I genuinely understand. Having worked for some awesome organisations since then, I can share my knowledge of the Danish workplace to guide clients in their search for their dream role!
The right way to stand out
The start of the year is a perfect opportunity as January and February are great months to apply for a job. How do you get your CV noticed? The main point is to show you understand the local culture and communicate that in your application.
The Danish workplace has a flat work hierarchy, no micromanagement and staff are encouraged to contribute their views. You also need to show you are a team player and it’s not about your individual success – Danes are a modest bunch – but how well you collaborate with others and you will fit in.
Knowing what job you can do, lots of research to find companies that are a good fit, and learning more about the local culture means a new job is waiting for you in 2022.
However, it may need you to step out of your comfort zone and set a new challenge to get you successfully over that finish line. You might not get a medal but starting a new job is worthy of a celebration.
A Brit married to a Viking who landed on Danish shores 14 years ago, Leslea is the head of English Job Denmark. With over 20 years’ communications experience in both the business & not-for-profit sectors, Leslea is passionate about coaching professionals & businesses in effective communication.