Before you start interviewing for new roles it is most important to prepare yourself. Arriving at the decision to change jobs brings a sense of excitement, some trepidation and opportunity. Our advice is to really think through this big step to enable you to make the right decisions.

We have talked about strengths, and weaknesses in our article on 5th February – they always should be right up there, but moving on, think about the areas of your current position that you don’t like. Exactly why are you looking to move? You don’t necessarily need to share these thoughts at this stage, but have a good old think.

Your CV is the place to start – it needs a total revamp, don’t just add your latest job – look at it as a whole. I’m not talking about rewriting history – accurate dates and earlier career are so important showing the building blocks that brought you to where you are today.

Your referees. Gather all the data you will need for a job move. All your referees, accurate salary and benefits, your value of pension contributions, bonus history.

Ensure you are up to date with industry publications, latest technology, your skills, current affairs. Opt for training on systems to enhance your skill set. Evening classes, tutorials on line are well worth investing in.

It is always a good idea to have your profile on LinkedIn up to date and check your social media presence.

Deep breath and patience is what you need, finding a job can be time-consuming.

Being your best presented self is essential, invest in your inner and outer image. Be at your most polished from tip to toe.

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