According to the office of National Statistics, in May 2018, the proportion of people aged between 16 and 64 years who were in work was 75.7%, up from 74.9% over the previous year, and the highest since comparable records began in 1971. Couple with this, the unemployment rate was just 4.2% - the lowest rate since 1975.
In terms of wanting a job, this is both good news, and bad – Good in that there are jobs out there, bad in that competition for the good jobs is as strong, if not stronger, than it has ever been.
Firstly, it is important to understand WHY you are being hired. In simple terms, people are hired to perform a specific role for a company, but they get paid for the VALUE they bring to that company. Today, where equality is so important, shouldn’t it be fair that, regardless of age, sex, race, or creed, the person who brings most value to a role should receive the highest reward?
So, think carefully, and ask yourself, ‘How can I bring more value to my employer?’
And, what can you do to get ahead of the competition and secure your dream job?
In terms of settling into a career, it doesn’t really matter how good you are today, so much as how good you are going to be that really matters. The difficult thing is, making it on your own in the world is far more complicated than you think. It is very difficult to assess your own performance, and you are very unlikely to spot the little things that affect it, and so, at some point, you stop improving.
So, to bring more value to your employer, you need a way of continually developing and improving your performance.
What do all the top sports professionals in their field, all over the world, have in common? Well, other than they all have the same number of hours in the day, they’ve all had help to get them to where they are. And many of them continue to have help to keep them at the top.
Over the last three Olympics, British Cycling has dominated the rest of the world, bringing home a plethora of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. And key to the success of British cycling, not just in the Olympics, but in major cycling events around the world, was Sir Dave Brailsford, who is credited with instilling a philosophy of ‘marginal gains’ within the cycling team. The concept is simple in that if you can be just a little bit better than your competition in several areas, these marginal gains quickly add up to a significant advantage on the track. Other than the medal haul from his team’s cycling successes, Sir Dave also picked up the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award in both 2008 and 2012.
The lessons learnt from the sporting world apply directly to any professional: having a coach can make a fundamental difference to you, help you massively boost the value you bring to your employment, and help you significantly improve your promotion and earnings potential.
A great coach can help you see things that you cannot see yourself. As the golfer Tiger Woods said, “I cannot see my own swing, that’s why I have a coach watching me.” Your coach will recognise the fundamentals, breaking down your actions so that you can review them and work on your own marginal gains.
However, it isn’t always comfortable having someone review your actions and constantly point out your weaknesses, whilst helping you build on your strengths. But then, we weren’t meant to get ‘comfortable’ in our careers. We enjoy being challenged, and through overcoming difficulty, we grow and the value to our employer increases.
So, if you really want to get ahead in your career, look for ways to improve the value you can bring to them – and consider what a coach could do for you. Many employers are very open to the provision of coaching because time and again, the investment in coaching has been shown to generate more than significant returns. And if they aren’t open, then consider investing in coaching for yourself, after all, you are investing in yourself, and the pay off will significantly improve the value you can bring to the workplace and make you exceptionally attractive to future employers. Oh, and your earning potential will significantly improve too!