In a COVID time, when is the right time to step up? With our confidence knocked, Imposter Syndrome rife and fewer jobs available than ever before, you'd be forgiven for feeling that you should stay in your lane when it comes to job titles and applications. But, could now be the time to skill up and develop your vision so that you apply for the next step up on the career ladder? Here are a few tips to help you work out that decision:
1. Ambition is attractive
Any company that is worth working for will actively encourage your progression and ambition. The majority of companies in our industry that are still afloat, have done so with an enormous amount of ambition and perseverance on their behalf. They will be looking for like minded and passionate people to be central to their future. Don't be afraid to make sure that a progression review is a part of your annual catch up.
2. Do Your Research
If you're still feeling nervous to show your ambition to a potential employer for fear of putting them off hiring you, just demonstrate that you've done your research. As well as studying for all elements of your application, think and research outside of the box. What else is there to learn about the company? No one will be put off by someone who knows their shit and is smart about how it is presented back in an interview.
3. Age doesn't matter, but first impressions certainly do
With industry folk applying for jobs below their previous job rung, it is easy to judge your own experience and age too harshly (too young? too old? You can't win). This is not something you should be worrying about; it is a useless distraction! How you hold yourself, how you present and how much knowledge you bring to the table is what you will be judged on. So put on your bat cape and walk into that room with positivity and confidence!
4. Skill Up!
If you're out of work, make sure you're at the top of the game. Previously, I've mentioned several places you can skill up, including: Graeae Theatre Company's book on Accessibility, British Sign's 'pay what you can' 1-year long sign language course, getting clued up on Social Media and free Microsoft training. But you've chosen to a compete in an industry that people live and breathe. This isn't necessarily about knowing who's doing what at the moment and whether it was a success but if you're wanting to work in PR or Marketing (for example) it's important to feel confident when you sell something (whether that's yourself, a ticket, a strategy etc..) so having more than a working understanding of all of the cogs that are turning is a huge benefit. If you are not sure where to start, an Industry mentor could help.
5. Imposter Syndrome
DON'T let that little voice in your head tell you that you're not ready. You are not an imposter and you should always ask for what you feel you deserve. Everyone is on their own career path. It's not something that you should feel embarrassed about. You are strong, brave and proud!